THE PARTY

A petite woman named Caroline sat alone against the back wall of the large room. The party was in full swing, but no one came near her. In fact, people rarely even glanced in her direction, making her feel as if she was invisible. Everyone else was talking and laughing, engaged in animated conversations. There … Continue reading THE PARTY

A LETTER OF HOPE

Lauren opened her eyes and took a moment to get her bearings. After blinking a couple of times, the fog cleared, and she remembered she’d stretched out for a nap on the living room couch. As she slowly sat up, the residual soreness from the C-section two weeks earlier made her wince. However, when she … Continue reading A LETTER OF HOPE

THE FIRST RESPONDER

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

THE COMPASSION EXPERIMENT

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

EVERY LIFE MATTERS

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

A LESSON LEARNED

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