Loss and the Holidays

"How do you sign off a Christmas card?" The question sounded simple enough except that the situation was to say the least heart-wrenching and complicated. The query was posed to me by a recently bereaved mother about to experience her first Christmas minus a child. My heart both broke and stopped for a second. It…

Time doesn’t heal all wounds, forgive instead

“It has been said, ‘Time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree.  The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens.  But it is never gone.”—Rose Kennedy At the start of the semester, there is one lesson that I try to drill into my student’s heads—the…

48 Things

Ten more days and I will be 48. Every year, I try to make a bucket list of the things I want to accomplish until I hit my next birthday. Usually, it's just a list of 10, at most 15 items -- books to write, places to go, courses to take, things to buy, things…