The Last Word

Drawing of Rainbow

Charlotte, one of the undisputed apples of my eye, approached me when she was six with a thick piece of green cardstock clutched in her hand. Festooned in crudely rendered crayon was the figure of a girl—one with impossibly long eyelashes—settled below the arch of a rainbow, arms extended and a smile spread from ear to ear.

Thrusting it at me, she said, “This is you, Granny, walking through a rainbow. Because there are always rainbows where you are.”

It had been a particularly rough day, filled with things that so often make up rough days to those of us taller than five feet, those of us even older than the trees planted along the walk out front. In the middle of such a rough day, that crude crayon drawing on the slightly rumpled piece of cardstock instantly changed everything. To me, it represented pure love. To read more, click the button below.


Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.

—Khalil Gibran


I have a few. Okay, more than a few. But the two on which I am most focused are massive.

Gibran talks about “massive characters.” Me? I have a couple of really massive scars.

Several years ago, I was speaking to a group of seventeen-year-olds on how to spiritually prepare for the next step in their lives. Things were going along well. They usually did. I’m a skilled speaker and am often invited as a guest at various events. Suddenly, and without any warning, things went wrong. Very wrong.

For no explicable reason, my voice unexpectedly sounded far, far away—to me, at least—echoing, almost as though it was at the end of a very long tunnel. I felt like I was about to go under general anesthesia. I glanced down at my notes, and they were garbled—scrawled in some sort of unrecognizable text. And then I could no longer speak. To read more, click the button below.


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