Posts Tagged: grief

Best Friends and Death that Comes Too Soon – Part Three

One of the greatest gifts of my life has been and will always be, meeting my best friend at college and being given her as my kindred sister.  Five years ago today her beautiful body left this planet and I have missed talking every day since. Those who know me, know I am not a phone… Read more »

Nov 26 – Best Friends – And Death That Comes Too Soon – Part 2

  One of the greatest gifts of my life has been and will always be, meeting my best friend at college and being given her, as my kindred sister.  If you’ve ever read the lighthearted satir Lamb by Christopher Moore – you know it is the story of Jesus’ life as told by his best friend Biff – which… Read more »

Birthdays, Best Friends … and death that comes too soon

One of the greatest gifts of my life has been and will always be, meeting my best friend at college and being given her, as my kindred sister.  If you’ve ever read the lighthearted satir Lamb by Christopher Moore – you know it is the story of Jesus’ life as told by his best friend Biff showcasing their adolescent… Read more »

How the Teachings of Sexual Purity Leads to Violence

“Tina, I don’t know what to do. I’m supposed to be in the honeymoon phase of my marriage … and we are both sexually miserable.” Tears began to flow down her cheeks. Before me was a beautiful 27 year old woman who’d been married less than 6 months. She and her now husband dated four… Read more »

I hope you dance …

I stood holding my daugther’s hand tears streaming down my face and hers. Today we attended a funeral of my beloved’s aunt – a woman whose legacy of love, generosity and grace had danced through the lives of hundreds of friends and loved ones. Life in all her colors and textures was seen as a… Read more »

Saudade

Its evening … the light is fading … I feel tired, slow, reflective. I spent the last 24 hours with graduate students and colleagues sharing stories of the human sort and was reminded of a word that has found its resonance in the cords of life over the last year. Saudade. Again today, I thought… Read more »

Stubborn Winters

  I don’t usually do winter gracefully – I get tired of being cold, I get tired of the gray, I get tired of the waiting … and tho spring has always come in her time … like a doubting Thomas, by late winter I always wonder will she leave us this year in our… Read more »

The Body Is the Spirit Thickened

  It was a cloudy day and I was riding on a ferry reading Letters to a Young Doctor by Richard Selzer. This is a book written by a surgeon who shares his surprise at how often sacred encounters emerged in his career as a physician. “The body is the spirit thickened.” As I read… Read more »