personal analyses of medicine, violence, faith

  • Growing Up – An Interview with Donovan L

    Editor’s Note: Donovan and I have known each other for nearly two years, first meeting shortly after I moved into the North Side of Wilmington, Delaware. Our shared community – the small city he grew up in and the neighborhood I was new to – had recently seen an escalation in violent crime. This interview…

  • What Does It Take?

    [Guest poem] What does it take to change a life from within? Young and fearless those 3 words, inscribed on your chest Invincible you were til one day, gun shots fired your body running suddenly ablaze the sirens wailed your family prayed your homies await your enemies irate everything hurt a miracle, you survived and…

  • Counting the Cost Part 2 Pseudo Devotional

    There were some moments during dental school when I wanted to [insert extreme and irrational self-destructive or escapist behaviour here]. I would then reread my dental apps personal statement, wonder “HOW COULD I POSSIBLY BE THE SAME PERSON WHO WROTE THIS? WHAT AM I DOING HERE? AND WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OTHER THINGS I…

  • Which Is Easier?

    [Guest reflection on health and illness from Scott M., aspiring healthcare professional.] Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to…

  • An Exhortation from Pastor Fred

    The late Pastor Fred once counseled a younger pastor who was deeply frustrated with his people in our community who could never seem to “get it together”. “Why don’t you just love them like the father they never had?!” The love of the Father gives us an identity, a calling, and a reason not to…

  • Floss in 2014

    On my 0.3 mile walk to and from work each day, I pass by endless amounts of litter. It is disheartening to say the least. However, there have been two incidences when I noticed someone threw their mini flosser thingy on the ground and each time I was elated. Someone actually flossed around here! Hallelujah!…