Family Gardens

I just picked another day’s bounty of beautiful tomatoes. As I did, laughing, I thought of how similar our garden is to our efforts at parenting. At first glance, you see that red, juicy collection in my kitchen. Different varieties, all healthy and just right–a tomato’s tomato. But look at our garden! It’s like JackContinue reading “Family Gardens”

COVID-19, Culture and Christian Ethics

Faith, not Fear! Love your Neighbor! Freedom of Church and State! Individual rights and liberty! These sound bites—or scream bites—are proclaimed at protests, across social media and in political campaigns. Some are opaque, such as faith, not fear. Faith in what? Your own decision? Anti-science? Or faith in a God who also says love your neighbor, helpContinue reading “COVID-19, Culture and Christian Ethics”

Omissions, Commissions and Admissions

He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself, or he loses his labor. St. Ignatius of Loyola I can still feel the sensation of the padded kneeler dropping just a bit to the floor as I placed the full weight of my body on it in the confessional booth. That kneelingContinue reading “Omissions, Commissions and Admissions”

Ordinary Time

Time, that human construct, seems neither precise nor reassuring at the moment. The moment. How might we even describe it? Have we any idea where one moment begins and another ends? We say our time is limited, but what we mean is that we are limited. Our days are numbered—by us. Days, nights, seasons and eons progressContinue reading “Ordinary Time”

It’s All Greek to Me

Pandemic. We have had so many things interrupted, shut down and put on hold. Schools are shuttered. But learning isn’t, and now students are turning to the internet via google classrooms to continue their curriculum. Adults too, are trying out new subjects—I saw a post on learning the Hebrew alphabet with a Lutheran pastor.  IContinue reading “It’s All Greek to Me”

Contagious Charity and Creativity

In light of the deluge of questions I’ve received about contagion, children, closures and Covid 19, this post is a quick note of ideas I have in response to social distancing. It is informed by science, by my life’s experiences and by those of some of my elders. My mother and her family were quarantinedContinue reading “Contagious Charity and Creativity”

we are all musical

Before I went into the exam room last week, the nurse told me my patient had “white coat syndrome.” His blood pressure was very elevated and he was clearly anxious. I reviewed the chart before entering the room, but there wasn’t much information available on this new student. I entered the room to find myContinue reading “we are all musical”

optics and images

The last week has had an intensity about it, whether viewed through the lens of home, work or politics. It has been one of those weeks where life seems generally out of order and more distressing than reassuring. Parents of a child born after a long struggle with infertility must hear that their little oneContinue reading “optics and images”

Wrinkles in Time

Meaningful Coincidences…. Carl Jung I’ve got synchronicity on my mind. That isn’t a song, or even a musical reference. Synchronicity is the term coined by Carl Jung for those times when two seemingly random events coincide to reinforce the meaning we give to them. More simply, they are what Jung called, meaningful coincidences. When theyContinue reading “Wrinkles in Time”