The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada

A great lesson from Joni Eareckson Tada, I once admired the earrings my friend, Ann, was wearing – they were square, smooth, flat, and made of gold. When I remarked how beautiful they were, she replied, “They’re yours!” Ann then proceeded to take them off and put them on my ears! Humbled by her gift, […]

Dancing With Bruises

  It seems like bruises are part of life’s gift package to us. Dancers are some of the most talented people I know. Their gracefulness can be seen both on and off the stage. A dancer’s training is far from easy. By choosing to become dancers they have made a decision to absorb pain. Their […]

Rethinking Ordinary

  Monotony has become a fixture around here. I had been told to be on alert for it, but it seems like I’ve got to learn for myself. With any chronic illness there can be something tedious and routine about life. To have a physical or mental illness can be acutely painful. But interspersed between […]

Frederick, [Handling Giftedness]

I have always loved to read. I was given books by my mother, and these books were like gold. I had been a avid patron of the library, but terrible at returning books. I had pretty much been branded as “persona non grata” by the librarians of my hometown library at the ripe old age of 12. I […]