Category Archives: God

How Not To Be Depressed, Part 1


1. Choose your parents carefully. There are two issues here: first, genetics and, second, child-rearing practices. According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s research, there is a gene for depression and it comes in a long form and a … Continue reading

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Wednesday 2 April 2014


The sun is shining. THE SUN IS SHINING. THE FREAKING SUN IS SHINING—DO YOU HEAR ME? Seriously amazing. The temperature is 52 degrees, the crocuses are blooming, the tulips are sprouting, and the snow piles in the corners of parking … Continue reading

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The Fantasy Team


My treating team includes seven people: two massage therapists, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist, a psychologist, a homeopath and a chiropractor. Among these seven, five are male and two are female. Four are middle-aged, two are over sixty, and one … Continue reading

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Cora and Jeanette


nhintake@health.state.ny.us To: Nursing Home Intake Complaints Fr: Anne C Woodlen Dt: August 31, 2013 Re: Cora, Rm. 422 Iroquois Nursing Home Jamesville, NY “Mo-ther . . . Mo-ther . . . Mo-ther, please help me . . . I made … Continue reading

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Soul Care


What if we started with soul care? What if we said that it is inhuman to make a dozen people sit and listen to the same CD play repeatedly for four hours while we change their bed sheets? What if … Continue reading

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More than a Suggestion


‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from … Continue reading

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The Right to Live


According to Dr. Charles Stanley, preaching on Channel Whatever this Sunday morning, God promised Abram and Sarai a child but it was twenty-five years before they—now called Abraham and Sarah—had Isaac.  Can you imagine waiting twenty-five years for a promise to … Continue reading

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I Had Two Good Days


Sunday woke calm and quiet.  I had been missing my God-connection most terribly—St. Joe’s, home without help, Crouse—it had all been too chaotic.  (How do you do morning devotions with a phlebotomist putting a too-tight tourniquet on your arm?) Somebody wrote … Continue reading

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For Melia


A new day dawns and with it new learning, new understanding. Dying is a business to be learned.  I was three hundred miles away from my parents in their final years.  I talked to them on the phone every week, but … Continue reading

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