It was Friday afternoon, and my pager went off. My hospice team nurse was notifying me of a new admit, Jean, who was actively dying and whose family was requesting a visit. I turned my car around to head to a nursing home in Edina. [Read more…] about Love: A Lesson in the Power of Love
My cell phone rang, and it was Scott. “My dad is septic,” he said. “The doctors are saying that he is probably not going to make it. If you want to see my dad, you need to catch a flight now.”
I hung up the phone and told my 20-year-old son, Owen, the news. [Read more…] about Love: Love Is All That Matters
I jumped into my dad’s car, and we headed to school.
I was 11 years old and in the sixth grade. I had lost all my hair in the latest round of chemotherapy and decided it was time to wear a wig. I’d covered the shoulder-length wig with a blue bandana, and I thought no one would notice. [Read more…] about Love: First Experiences of Love
Driving up to the airport, I see my friend Laurie waving at me with a big smile at the end of the platform. I pull up, and she jumps in my car and gives me a hug.
“Hello, my dear,” she says. Her warmth and big energy fill my entire car. [Read more…] about Love: This Is What It Looks Like
A small, elderly woman was sitting on the couch as I walked in the front door of her home. She had a prayer shawl covering her frail shoulders and thin arms, and she gave me a big, warm smile. She had an uncanny glow about her, I noticed, as I sat down in the chair next to her. [Read more…] about Love: Life Is About Learning to Love