Magical thinking

Some incidents from chaplaincy are unforgettable. One was watching a woman get cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) — three times over the course of a day. Twice, she was resuscitated. Death won the last match-up, but not without a fight. Before the attending doctor instructed the code team to stop, the woman’s abdominal area looked like a…

How the story ends

What comes next after raising a family and producing at work? The children are launched; the career ladder is scaled; the future is open. What will be our narrative as we get older? This is the question facing adults as we enter our so-called retirement years. Psychologist Erik Erikson’s theory of psycho-social development suggests that…

Be well

There are so many lifestyle habits that provide benefits to body, mind and spirit. Why do we have such a hard time incorporating self-care practices into our lives? Scientific research backs up the connections between taking care of ourselves physically to stay heart strong, but also for brain protection. Exercising, eating nutritionally and getting sufficient sleep are…