The Horrible Grace of King Lear

King Lear & the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce "I don't want it to storm."Her seven year-old voice quivered a bit as she leaned forward in her seat. My eyes caught hers in the rearview mirror. Anxiously, she followed the windshield wipers back and forth, back and forth."I don't want it to storm.""It's okay, baby. Just a little rain. I don't think there'll be any storm tonight."Sitting back, my daughter's brow unfurrowed. Her countenance lightened as she peered … [Read more...]

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The Unheroic Heroism of the Disciples

You Could Not Watch One Hour With Me by James Tissot  Just think of what they had seen.Withered hands stretched back to wholeness. Sightless eyes granted vision. Leprous skin made clean. Food multiplied. Storms calmed. Graves surrendering their dead. Forgiveness granted. Pride laid low. Dignity restored. And the stories - the parables - were so approachable, yet so profound.These men had seen the face of God revealed through the unlined face of a carpenter's son.Only now, t … [Read more...]

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As a Physician, Here Is Why I Oppose Euthanasia

 The Doctor by Luke Fildes  "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." - C.S. LewisIt seems almost surreal.Only a few short days ago in Belgium, a teenager afflicted with a terminal illness was actively killed under the watchful eyes of the medical establishment. The chilling story of an act unprecedented in the modern age received widespread coverage. Surely, one might think, there would be … [Read more...]

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“Don’t Lose Sunday to Monday”: On My Imperfect Art of Keeping Peace During Stressful Times

It was a four day vacation at summer's end. My wife, my two daughters and I headed to the Lake Superior sprayed coast of Duluth, Minnesota. It was a much needed escape from a summer of busy clinic schedules, nightly soccer games, Lego/basketball/volleyball camps and extended family vacations. This vacation would just be...us.Duluth is a magical place for me. An eagerness sets in every time I drive those final miles downhill on the lazy north end of Interstate 35. As the road meanders this … [Read more...]

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What Winston Churchill Taught Me About Leadership

It was quite curious.They were both British Conservatives. They were both addressing the House of Commons (and their country). They were both mobilizing a nation against wicked Nazi aggression.And yet their speeches were so different.This is when I realized Winston Churchill could teach me a great deal about leadership.Let me explain.Seventy-seven years ago this week, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stood wearily before the House. With shoulders visibly heavy with the b … [Read more...]

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Why I Choked Up Over a Michael Phelps Commercial

 Okay. Okay.I choked up over a Michael Phelps commercial.There. I admitted it.But I'm not ashamed. Let me give you some background.It came out months before the Olympics even began. It was the latest in a line of commercials Phelps has done for the burgeoning sporting goods company, Under Armour. Attempting to "redefine what it means to be successful in training", Under Armour unveiled a campaign of commercials respectively featuring the United States Women's Gymnastics t … [Read more...]

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