The Abyss and the Internet


When I picked up the phone I could hear palpable fear in her voice. “My husband went in to have a growth on his back removed and the lab came back saying he has squamous cell cancer.  They couldn’t get it all because it went deeper than they thought.  One doctor said might be lung […]

1826 Days: A Reflection on Anniversaries


Anniversaries mark the progression (if not progress) of our life’s journey.  Birthdays are the most obvious.  If we’re married, wedding anniversaries are another.  And if we’re parents, the birthdays of our children. There are darker anniversaries as well.  Spouses who remember the day their lifetime partner died.  Or the day a brother or sister died. […]

Cancer and the Christmas Invasion


There’s no question that cancer is a life-changing disease: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Those of us diagnosed with a Stage III or Stage IV cancer assuredly must confront our mortality, as the disease makes it clear that we’re not quite as in charge of our own life as we once assumed. Cancer creates numerous other […]

The Day When Names Trump Numbers


All Saints Day.  While it’s a holy day that has been pretty much drowned out by the commercial excesses of Halloween, I think its significance transcends its ancient Christian roots and speaks to everyone. At the Lutheran church I attend here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we honored the parishioners who died over the […]