Archive for October 2017

Being known helps to navigate the cancer experience

Being known helps to navigate the cancer experience
I wrote a few weeks ago about the words, “fellowship of knowing.” They resonate deeply with me, and so did the person who spoke them. Dawn Williams, LCSW, an oncology social worker with the DuPage Medical Group, was a keynote speaker at a cancer conference sponsored by the Cancer Support Center in September. The only... Read more »

The five people you’ll meet in travel hell

The five people you’ll meet in travel hell
Sartre said, “Hell is other people.” If that’s true, then so is heaven. People just are what they are. It’s the “No Exit” part of Sartres’ equation that creates hell. Hell is standing in lines and sitting at airplane gates with the same 150 people for just over 10 hours. It’s not that they’re so... Read more »

Perspective is everything: taking a bad day and making it better

Perspective is everything: taking a bad day and making it better
Traveling is among my least favorite things to do. I would almost always prefer to be home. But I’m traveling for work today, stuck in Denver for another three hours until I catch my next flight. I have to tell you, though, I’m content at the moment because I am surviving a terrible, no good,... Read more »
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Love is grace the second time around

Love is grace the second time around
Love hurts. It wounds and scars. That’s what the song says anyway, and it certainly has been my experience. People can be cruel. They can be faithless. They often fail or betray. And, of course, people die. Love hurts a lot. I’ve never thought love was a guarantee. People don’t owe you love. They give... Read more »

Words work better in the fellowship of knowing

A friend of mine with Stage 4 cancer told me, near the end of her life, “I hate it when people call me courageous.” I’d never known anyone with cancer and to me she seemed courageous because she was living her life with purpose, refusing to let her diagnosis paralyze her. She was so authentically... Read more »