I have friends getting married this weekend. Theirs is a powerful love story, and I’ve been churning the question of what makes it so. What makes a love story one you can’t forget? It’s common to think that an element of tragedy is what makes a love story unforgettable. This is somewhat true. But the… Read More (Crazy) Courage. No Matter What.
Is there a tipping point in horrific child abuse cases where we shift from rage to compassion? I don’t know, but if there is, I came close to it today. It came from back-to-back news stories about locked up children. One story detailed the situation of a boy in North Carolina, chained to a porch… Read More The Path Out: Can Child Abuse Be Stopped without Revenge?
She works out, has three young children, and wants to ask you, “What’s your excuse?” Apparently, people are freaking out about this. There really is no reason to do that. I think it’s just great that people who love fitness and working out have found something they enjoy and find rewarding. I confess that they… Read More What’s Your Excuse?
Batman. He carries the burden and responsibility of no other super hero: He is fully human. No super powers. No space family. No radioactive accidents. He saw his parents murdered in the street and he had a traumatic childhood interaction with a swarm of bats (I wish I could get his Essay on Childhood). He… Read More Batman is Always Beginning
(Thanks to my friend Mary Blake for the share.)
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Scott Simon is the host of NPR Weekend Edition. He’s been tweeting his mother’s dying days, garnering praise and criticism along the way. The fact that this has become such a big story reveals our society’s unease with thoughts about death and…
In his essay, “Good-bye to Forty-eighth Street,” E. B. White uses two distinct tones toward his subject matter of the problem of human acquisition and inability to shed our possessions. By initiating the essay with a wry and occasionally sarcastic tone, White creates an expectation in the reader that… Read More All These Things – E. B. White and Letting Go