Can We Savor the Bittersweet?

Can We Savor the Bittersweet?

It might come as a shock to you to learn that my wife loves chocolate. However, as we’ve gotten older, she and I have developed much more of a taste for dark rather than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is, of course, much more bitter, especially when you first start eating it. But the health advantages to dark over milk are …

The Complete Cancer Diaries

Where is God When We Suffer?

I want to make a very special announcement to you today. If you ever follow my Facebook page, you probably know what I’m going to say. But otherwise, this could potentially come as a complete surprise because I have done a terrible job of getting the news out. Either way, here it is. =) Now. Drum roll please. Starting today …

Wedding in forest

The Gift of Life

Sometimes it’s good to spend a few hours remembering that life is a gift. This last Friday I joined my family at the wedding of my brother-in-law, a man of steadfast integrity and intense creativity, to his first and last girlfriend of four years. Then on Saturday I attended a birthday party for a one-year-old girl who, medically speaking, was …

Telling Stories Around Fire

The Storyteller

Why is it that suffering brings us together? When we meet someone for the first time and they say, “I’ve got cancer,” there’s an instant bond that forms. Especially if you’ve had cancer, too, or some other major health problem. But, even if you haven’t, there’s still that connection there. Why? It’s not just commonality, though that is definitely a …

Awash in the River

Awash in the River

Does the greatest impact from the story of Adam and Eve come from that it happened, or that it does happen? Is it just a story, or is it our story? Not in some esoteric, genes-and-blood-and-destiny sense, but in the dense, concrete truth that we have all violated our world, our fellow men and women, and the very God to …

Human being.

The Art of Human Being

Have you ever felt you are so far behind that you will never catch up? I have.  In fact, I feel that way a lot.  That I am losing more ground than I’m covering.  That everything just slips farther and farther away, and I can’t move fast enough to catch the target. It’s confession time.  I’m not just writing this …