Category: Authors

  • Babies and Bethlehem

    Babies and Bethlehem

    Few things arouse human emotion as strongly as babies do. They are one of the few remaining cultural icons of innocence, operating with the simplest and purest of human feelings. They cry when upset, they sleep when content, and their waking activities revolve around eating, pooping, and discovering that they have arms and legs. A…

  • Growing Smaller

    Growing Smaller

    I turned 30 this year, a milestone which I heartily celebrated.  I had been looking forward to this for at least six years, ever since I read through the Old Testament in 2006 and kept noticing how many of the patriarchs had been 30 when significant things happened in their lives: “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered…

  • Dinner Table Story

    “Today my patient came in looking a bit depressed. According to routine, I asked if he had any changes in his medical history. He stated that he was ‘zoning out’ because he had just witnessed something he shouldn’t have. My concerned but nosy self asked him to elaborate. He explained that his neighbour had been…

  • On Technology, Thanksgiving, and Patience

    On Technology, Thanksgiving, and Patience

    [Originally written in 2007 for a campus publication while I was in medical school; it has remained disquietingly relevant.  It will be posted on the ESN blog tomorrow.] We have become impatient, unfulfilled, and perpetually fixated on the future. We have filled our lives with so much hardware and noise that it makes us wonder if we too will…

  • Kittens

    Kittens

    The morning was brisk and crisp and bright.  I tugged the door tightly shut behind me.  Already late, I fumbled for my keys and rushed down the short walkway to my car.  I was not expecting to see the two bundles of fur that nearly blended into the gravel.  They trembled in the  early fall…

  • What if I Left the City?

    [Deeply thoughtful post from Deborah M, following up her other pertinent question, “Is it safe?”.] This spring and summer, I dated a guy who I liked quite a bit, who also happened to have his heart set on leaving the city of Philadelphia for greener pastures.  This naturally led me to start asking questions about…