Telling a New Story Together

My colleague Marian is a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-the-job-done person. A nurse leader, she’s very well qualified, experienced, and with shining common sense. She’s been astonishingly valuable in these last few weeks since COVID-19 turned the world inside out and...

Rapping at Glastonbury

I’ve always wanted to go to the Glastonbury Festival. It’s a major music event in England that began in 1970 with 1,500 fans and has grown to over 200,000 attending annually. Think Woodstock and you’ll have an idea—a big field in the English countryside with a wide...

Ava Gets a Drum Pad

Somebody said once that Ringo Starr wasn’t the best drummer in the world, and he wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles! I’m not sure about that. My musical knowledge isn’t that strong, I’m afraid. All I know is, if someone ever asked me what drummers I’d ever...

Courage to Jump

  Imagine this. I’m suited up. I double-checked the parachute pack on my back and the goggles on my eyes. Confidently, I step to the open plane door and brace myself. Someone says, “Now.” I jump. Beneath me, the panoramic landscape spreads as far as I can see....

Granddad of Gratitude

A few weeks ago one of my favorite men died, my father-in-law Edgar. I’m of a generation that found it difficult to think about the correct way of addressing Edgar. “Sir” came to mind when I first met him, but that felt too formal for someone whose family I was...