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We Can Do This

 

When I woke up on Shabbat, I was hesitant to open my eyes fully, dreading the malaise that had been dogging me for days. But I’d already slept in longer than I wanted, and so I pulled myself out of bed and stood up. And I felt, well—almost normal.

After two interminable weeks of feeling so poorly (yes, malaise is the right word but yucky describes it more fully for me), I was so relieved to feel a sense of my former self. It didn’t last long, and throughout the rest of the day, fatigue showed up now and then. Yet I could have breakfast, even a small cup of coffee (!), do my Torah study and reading, have a decent lunch—well it was a very special Sabbath, to say the least.

As I did my meditation that morning, the thought came to me: I can do this. I couldn’t imagine enduring the whole chemotherapy regimen. But I realized that I had probably survived the worst, and there was more “worse” to come. Yet among those days would be good days: days where some of my energy returned, some days when I laughed and cracked jokes, days where I took a walk and breathed in the sunshine, other days when I could truly appreciate G-d’s presence. My friends had tried to reassure me, but I had to know for myself.

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Five years ago, our 14 year-old daughter walked out of our home. It was catastrophic in so many ways, ripples upon ripples. We tried to save the situation, but it was too little, too late. We had to move on, because everything we tried was worse than doing nothing. My wife and I could not […]

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Today, Christians recall a man who was born blind but was given sight by Jesus the Christ. Jesus says that it is not for the man’s own particular sins nor for the sins of his family that he was born blind. He was blind so that in being healed the Lord’s goodness can be recognized, […]

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The Miracle of Chanukah

 

Last year I was inspired by a grand, beautiful menorah that @iwe and his family made for Chanukah. I convinced my husband to help me make one, and here it is! We made it of PVC that we sawed, glued and painted, and used battery-operated candles. (It is, at least, OSHA-approved.)

I will be lighting our other menorah with real candles and the new one Sunday evening, the lead candle (Shamas) and the first candle. It is a poignant time to remember not only the Maccabees who fought against the Seleucids, but all those men who have battled against the odds.

The Old Wooden Shoeshine Box

 

Back in 2005, I was searching for a shoeshine box for my husband. I know that it’s a nutty gift, but I found all his shoe polish, old rags, and brush in a nasty, zip lock bag. He would get it out and polish and buff his shoes on occasion. He was taught to take care of his shoes, his car, his clothes, all his belongings.

I had fond memories of this wooden shoe box that belonged to my dad. My dad’s wooden shoe box contained all the supplies needed to make your leather shoes look like new, and a footrest to buff, on top of the box. I loved that box – it was a part of my dad’s life, like his army dog tags in his cedar box on the dresser from the 1940s, where he was deployed to Japan and served as military police, and his hand-tied fishing hooks that I still have from his fly-fishing days.

My husband reminisced about a similar shoeshine box that his dad bought him from a drugstore when he was ten. His dad showed him how to care for his shoes and it contained buffers, polishing rags, a brush and several colors of polishing paste. I was determined to find a similar box as a birthday gift.

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Congressman Steve Scalise returned to work today – barely a headline. He was injured on a ball field over three months ago, part of a heinous act of hate, toward the Republican team. Miracles happen. His speech today was a testimony to all that makes America the magnificent country it is, especially his last comment: […]

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At first blush, this seems like a fairly snarky comment made by someone who thinks the concept of prayer and miracles is silly.  And in truth, it is difficult to tell what his actual feelings on religion were.  At various times, he wrote both approvingly and contemptuously of religious believers among his many characters, and […]

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In 1854, Pope Pius IX, exercising his office, solemnly proclaimed and defined the dogma that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all […]

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As a chronic melancholic I measure my age by the rate of my physical decline. It’s not because I’m completely falling apart, although that’s the case for all of us. I recognize, however, that man is dust and to dust he shall return. We melacholics are realists. Over the last nine months I’ve spent most […]

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Sunday, October 13, 1917, just after mid-day, was no ordinary Sunday. Three little children, Lucia dos Santos, Jacinta Marto, and Francisco Marto had already witnessed three apparitions from the Virgin Mary, who appeared to them four times, from July to October, 1917 and always on the 13th. These apocalyptic visions and messages were about dire future […]

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Sunday, October 13, 1917, just after mid-day, was no ordinary Sunday. Three little children, Lucia dos Santos, Jacinta Marto, and Francisco Marto had already witnessed three apparitions from the Virgin Mary, who appeared to them four times, from July to October, 1917 and always on the 13th. These apocalyptic visions and messages were about dire future […]

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This is a new podcast from Krista Tippet, of NPR’s “On Being,” based on her new book Becoming Wise. Krista included me in the book, and in the podcast, so I thought I’d share it with y’all! The recording was done not long after my first book, Here If You Need Me came out, and […]

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I would define a miracle as a divinely-caused suspension of the laws of physics. I believe in the possibility of miracles and in the historicity of some very important ones. My approach to the question whether the laws of physics are ever suspended is empirical. I think we can let experience tell us what the […]

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Someone sent me an amazing link that I want to share. God doesn’t make mistakes – He brings reflection of His glory through each of us. This is an extraordinary example of what defines us as a loving country, as well as the amazing power of God’s grace to heal, to bring miracles to ordinary […]

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