Sunday, March 26, 2017

On March 25, 2009, I had surgery to remove a benign brain tumor commonly known as an acoustic neuroma. Some months before, I had noticed a loss of hearing in my left ear, when I was on the phone, listening to a speaker or to the television or radio. Knowing that my father and several … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Last August, during my first day on campus as the new Protestant chaplain at Tufts, I met my colleague Celene, the university’s Muslim chaplain.  She was impressed to learn about the longstanding relationship that the Episcopal cathedral in downtown Boston, St. Paul’s, has with a local Muslim congregation. (The congregation has met at the cathedral … [Read more…]

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Human beings are essentially here for two purposes – to learn about and express love, and to create. We learn about love in all our relationships. The four Ways reflect a pervasive belief that life will be simple if we practice four basic principles: Show up or choose to be present, Pay attention to what … [Read more…]

Monday, March 20, 2017

Last year I celebrated my 50th college reunion, which is a milestone of sorts. I went to Williams College, a small school, and my class had a few more than 300 members. As one of the editors for the 50th Reunion yearbook, I got to look at them all, at their photographs anyhow, those living … [Read more…]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Now, fast forward to August 28th, 2014… I learned my breast cancer had returned.  I started radiation and chemotherapy immediately and that’s when y’all began to see a bald woman in church.  I did the wigs and everything the first time around, but not this time.  I decided to stare back into the face of … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The death of my mother was another occasion where I learned that the promise of eternity was real.  When she died, I suffered through paralyzing grief and enormous guilt because I was not present for her in the days leading up to her death. This went on for weeks…. And then one day, I was … [Read more…]

Friday, March 17, 2017

I remember (one moment during) my graduate school days, while I was working on my PhD in biomedical engineering… My arms were full of books as I headed down a long stairwell. (This was before the Internet and we actually had to use a real library for research back in those days!) The heel of … [Read more…]