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Guest post from Elizabeth Stauder. Liz lives in Central Oregon, but even as a young adult, she knows that her home is the world. She has just returned from living for eight months in Guatemala. During the time she was gone, her beloved friend Penny, a beautiful Golden Retriever, who had come into Liz’s life as a puppy on [...]
Linda Johnson’s journals from Ethiopia. See part 1 for more information. Ethiopian Journal 6-11-11 I haven’t written in a few days—have been coming down with an intestinal thing and have just been exhausted. Will try to capture the highlights of the past few days. On Friday morning, Dick and I went to Black Lion Hospital, [...]
There are those spaces in life, the liminal times of transition and uncertainty, when nothing seems to make sense. I’m weary of abiding in such a space, trying to walk sure-footedly on quicksand, to smile and sound confident as I’m riding the tiger, tense and unsure where I’m going, not in control. I don’t feel [...]
“So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” –Douglas Adams This is my first blog in a long time on the VTH, and it will be my last for a while as well. I took a break because I needed to test something out; I needed to test the extent to which I was using [...]
As tumors are shattering her bones from the inside, he asks God for healing miracles. Her relatives have not visited for more than a week (though part of that is denial). Still, he never leaves her side, grateful that being unemployed means he can be with her, sleeping in the hospital night after night, a [...]
Nothing But the Whole Wide World to Gain Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries. —Theodore Roethke I have wanted to tear down the walls that fear built, even to shatter the window glass, so that there would be nothing between us, no artifice to keep us from meeting, defenseless me to [...]