An Examined life

As the on-call chaplain, I had answered a page to the neurological ICU to be with family as doctors reported unequivocal results of testing. The patient was brain dead and not going to survive the stroke that caused her hospitalization. Her distraught daughter cried, “It’s too soon!” The patient was 85 years old. Is there…

I’ll Be Right There

I can’t even count the number of times I have said, “Just a minute, I’ll be right there,” to my kids. Embroiled in the minutia required to keep a family fed, clothed and running, I often missed some of the fun, or at least, joined it already in progress. Eventually, it became a habit —…

Near Life

When I told my book group that I had finished and uploaded my thesis, one of the members asked about my topic. After sharing that I had researched and written about end-of-life, Joanne asked if I was including near-death experiences (NDE).  NDEs are mentioned by some people who have survived traumas, where in the midst of…

Sometimes Time Stands Still

But not when you want it to. Only when you are stuck at the DMV. Yup! I had to renew my driver’s license. But I could not just do it online. I had to come in for the new “Real ID”. There was a new feature — I was able to make an appointment, so…

A tipping point

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” ERA amendment text Just one more state is needed to reach the magic number (3/4 of states) in order for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to become an amendment. Currently, thirty…

A time and place apart

Namasté. My spirituality group has been meeting since 2010. While only two of us remain from the original configuration, our membership is stable with group size capped at twelve to foster a level of intimacy, trust, and sharing. The same women have reaffirmed their commitment over the last few years. For our group, we chose…