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The Story of Grace

The Story of Grace

In the United States, much less the world, there are hundreds, if not thousands of emergency rooms. We, the staff of those emergency rooms, number in the tens of thousands—hundreds of thousands, perhaps.  We bear witness to millions of patients, all with individual...
The Importance of Stories

The Importance of Stories

Imagine, if you would the following story: You are on a subway. Perhaps you’re rereading your favorite book, doing homework, or reading an important report for work—any of which requires concentration. Above the normal background noise, you hear young children...
Elementary Music

Elementary Music

  Best intentions taught me thatWithin higher symphonic realmsSpaces are for FACE,and lines–Lines define worth:Every Good Boy Deserves FudgeIn lower staves,All Cows Eat Grass, and boys–Good Boys Do Fine AlwaysBut girls?SilenceFor them, only blank...
Gratitude in Flannel

Gratitude in Flannel

Today, I am especially grateful for old friends, even more specifically, one I’ll call Dean.  His real name isn’t Dean, but, as unnamed characters go, never since Eddie Vedder in Singles have I loved anyone who wore flannel until Dean Winchester from Supernatural.  My...
Plant the Seeds

Plant the Seeds

It is easy to fall into despair when looking at all the terrible things occurring around us. Whether it’s an uncontrolled lust for power in all its forms, a desire to win no matter what it costs all of us, or a fear of the unfamiliar that translates into either,...