The Falling Man

  This is a true story. I am walking down the street. Late winter. Late morning. Dull cold. Chicago. Everything overexposed in the too bright light. I look down at my feet and see the stuff that’s been accumulating all… Read More ›

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  • Let Me Die!

    It was early in my shift at the hospital where I work as a chaplain and I’d been paged to the intensive care unit. As I walked out of the elevator and made my way down the hallway to the… Read More ›

  • Into a Gorilla’s Arms

    One family’s Memorial Day weekend outing to the Cincinnati Zoo didn’t end up as planned. While at the enclosure to the Gorilla World exhibit a three-year-old boy breached a barrier and fell into a moat in the compound. Immediately a… Read More ›

  • Lost in the Wilderness

    I read the headline on my phone while still lying in bed: Geraldine Largay’s Wrong Turn: Death on the Appalachian Trail. As I scrolled through the article I wondered how it was possible for someone to get lost on this well-beaten path… Read More ›

  • Chewbacca Joy

    The video that Candace Payne, a.k.a. “Chewbacca Mom” uploaded to facebook went viral within hours, racking up over 47,000,000 views (and counting.) Due to her sudden extraordinary popularity, this unpretentious, Texas homemaker got invited to be a guest on the Late… Read More ›

  • Shelter In Place

    Friday’s attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs lasted for nearly five hours as the terrorist held first responders at bay after having killed two people in the clinic and then soon after, a police officer. Nine people… Read More ›

  • As God Sees

    Seattle has long been a magnet for those who live on the margins of society. It’s a liberal prosperous city with a decent track record of caring for its citizens who are in need. The relatively temperate climate makes it… Read More ›

  • Behind the Notes

    In a recent article in the New Yorker, Joan Acocella wrote, “As musicians, especially, will tell you, what they are doing up there is not meeting an agreed-upon goal but, rather, creating something new. Vladimir Horowitz (the great Russian-American classical… Read More ›

  • “I Don’t Want to Hate.”

    In August of last year the nation awoke to the news of the death James Foley, the journalist who had been kidnapped while covering the civil war in Syria. A YouTube video had been uploaded by the so-called Islamic State… Read More ›

  • Hiding

    What is the Universe calling you to do? Are you answering that call? If not, why not? The reason I ask these questions is because I need to be asking them of myself. My current circumstances are allowing me to… Read More ›