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March 15, 2018
Haunted by Phantom Limbs
One such patient, under my care, describes how he must “wake up” his phantom in...
January 24, 2018
The Shore after the Storm
The sun rises over the ocean where I live, two miles from the Atlantic. You...
September 29, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Underwhelmed”
Put on your hiking books and grab your compass, magnifying glass, and shovel: this poem...
August 23, 2017
The Sweetness These Days
On the phone, he says, Your mother throws me over her shoulder and carries...
August 15, 2017
Guest Post One of the first official symptoms of pregnancy is an out of character...
August 01, 2017
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Before a metastasizing cancer had fully whittled away her quality of life, my mother left...
July 13, 2017
The Beautiful Boy
It’s barely even summer and already, in our house it is the Summer of the...
June 02, 2017
Poetry Friday: “June Prayer”
How to pray for someone bent over by grief when nature is stretching upward in...
May 30, 2017
Preaching the End of the World
For my husband, Brian Jarboe I learned the news that guitarist Chris Cornell’s death had...
April 21, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Sewing Box”
We don’t think enough—or at least I don’t—about how objects can contain memory. But Murray...
April 06, 2017
By Jen Pollock Michel. It was the summer of Leiby Kletzy, the eight-year-old Hasidic boy...
March 28, 2017
Mysteries Sherlock Holmes Can’t Solve
“No, you should definitely major in English,” I told our babysitter, a high-school senior from...
March 22, 2017
The Landscape of Grief
Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a...
March 10, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Grief Daybook: A Love Supreme”
It’s fairly common for a poem to be inspired by (or be in conversation with)...
February 16, 2017
Epiphany in the Memory Unit
By Cameron Dezen Hammon. The priest’s wife handed me her half full can of beer....
February 07, 2017
The Song of the Desert
“The Word of God which is his comfort is also his distress. The liturgy, which...
January 24, 2017
Manchester by the Sea
It’s impossible to speak of Kenneth Lonergan’s film Manchester by the Sea without alluding to...
January 09, 2017
Hea i ka Haku
By Marlene Muller On day two we fired the harpist. “The music is really very...
December 19, 2016
I Miss Gwen Ifill
For Kate Keplinger It is the blight man was born for It is Margaret that...
December 13, 2016
By Suzanne M. Wolfe These are dark times. Here in the northern hemisphere the sun...
December 05, 2016
The Nightingale Floors
In Kyoto, Japan, seventeenth-century Nijo Castle contains an architectural feature meant to protect the ruling...
November 29, 2016
A Farmer’s Lament
Last weekend, I cooked lunch for three farmers. One of them was my husband. The...
November 21, 2016
Listening to Beautiful Darkness
Waking from the Nightmare A little girl awakens in an autumn wood. She stands, looks...
November 10, 2016
The Final Roll Call
As a little girl, I remember watching the grownups in my hometown Episcopal church cross...
September 23, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Visitation Rights” by Jeffrey Harrison
I sometimes talk to friends who have died. Especially to friends who acted as spiritual...
June 10, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Quantum Theory” by Victoria Kelly
A friend said to me once, if time were flat, if everything were always happening...
May 05, 2016
It has been said that one of the most effective means by which evil can...
April 14, 2016
There Must Be a Word for This
Now spring has come again, the season that’s best for hope. Post-Lenten promises are fresh...
March 22, 2016
Refugees Are People, Not a Crisis
Sometimes the horrors in the news are so overwhelming that I’m left speechless. This is...
March 14, 2016
The Living Among the Dead
Thanksgiving Day after I turned four: high fever at dinner, a drive through a blizzard,...
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