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Kindness Is A Vitamin

“Verily, Allah is compassionate and is fond of compassion, and He gives to the compassionate what He does not give to the harsh.”  – Muhammad I’ve returned to a time in life when I’m supposed to take my vitamins.  I was force fed them as a kid, along with a spoonful of castor oil, and […]

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The Man With A Radio In His Big Toe

When I was in seminary, I interned as a chaplain in a VA mental hospital.  I worked in a locked ward for Vietnam vets.  Many were schizophrenics with psychotic features, meaning they heard voices and saw things the rest of us don’t.  I’d arrive in the morning as the unit lined up for orange juice […]

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The Things We Imagine

Two chimpanzees mauled an American graduate student in South Africa last month.  He was leading a tour of a jungle refuge filled with our closest animal relatives.  Tragically, he stepped inside a restricted zone, violated chimpanzee territory, and they defended themselves.  The young man is missing fingers and toes, one testicle, hunks of arm flesh, […]

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An Easy Step To A Better Day

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.   – Mark Twain While I was in seminary, I spent time training to be a pastoral counselor, along with ten other chaplaincy interns at a large, urban hospital.  Two days a week, we visited patients, attended autopsies, observed surgeries, and critiqued […]

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