It started with a cough. Nothing out of the ordinary. Certainly, nothing to be concerned about – at least not for the first few weeks. But after a month, the coughing became persistent, it got deeper, and it lasted longer. That was quickly followed by growing fatigue that seemed to get worse with each day.… Continue reading THE FIRST RESPONDER
As she walked into the main lobby, Marilyn took a deep breath and tried unsuccessfully to control her nervousness. The tension had been mounting all morning, and now that the meeting was about to happen, she was having doubts about the entire thing. What if she had miscalculated the value of the interaction? What if… Continue reading THE COMPASSION EXPERIMENT
Is there anything more chilling in modern life than the sound of rapid gunfire in a crowded public area? We’ve all see the heartbreaking images on TV of innocent men, women and, children running for their lives or trying to find cover. The scenes resemble the horror of a battlefield, but it is not a… Continue reading MASS SHOOTINGS
Emma Michaelson brushed a strand of red hair from her face and looked at her watch. It had been just over thirty minutes since she started waiting for a table at the crowded restaurant. If only she’d known there was a large convention in town, she wouldn’t have come on this particular night. The popular… Continue reading EVERY LIFE MATTERS
One lazy summer afternoon, I was relaxing contentedly in my recliner with our little terrier Zoey asleep on my lap. I was enjoying some chips and dip, washed down with a cool beverage as I watched the Yankees pound the Orioles in the Bronx. I was perfectly comfortable as the air conditioning hummed quietly in… Continue reading HAPPY CAMPERS
There was no one in town that loved their job more than Chet Sanderson. Being a city employee was a badge of honor he was extremely proud of. It was, by all accounts, a position that almost no one thought he would ever achieve. Born in 1964 with a developmental disability, very few people believed… Continue reading A LESSON LEARNED
What do you see when you encounter someone you believe is different than you? Do you see someone who makes you feel uncomfortable? Do you see only the characteristics that you don’t understand? Do you see someone who leads you to make unfair comparisons or form instant opinions based only on appearances without any facts?… Continue reading WHAT DO YOU SEE?