The Call of Faith

It is January 3, 2016, and I am feeling nostalgic.  My mother died for fifteen minutes in October when her heart arrested as she was being wheeled in to the OR to have a pacemaker placed.  My father continues in his relentless but merciful decline--which has included several reprieves.  They are asleep, and I am doing the nighttime parent care--a measure we have taken to be sure they are safe.  (Indeed, I have had to call 911 twice.  Each has had one fall.) I am surrounded by family photos, and … [Read more...]

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

This was one of the last posts I did when I blogged at By Common Consent. It has renewed significance now.My husband and I recently saw a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode called “Darmok.” In it, the Enterprise is threatened with destruction if they can’t interpret the language of the “enemy” ship’s creatures. Captain Picard is sent to a planet to attempt communication with one of these “enemy” aliens. As it turns out, the aliens’ language is all based on metaphors from their folklore. … [Read more...]


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