Monthly Archives: August 2013

What Keeps Us Living?

On August 11, Ruthie, 89,  and Harold “Doc” Knapke, 91, died within 11 hours of each other. The remarkable pair met in 3rd grade, lived out the last years of their lives sharing a room in a western Ohio nursing … Continue reading

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Job’s Story: Message of Hope

When we think of Job, his disasters come immediately to mind. We think of his lost businesses of camels, sheep, and agriculture, of his employees defending his interests to the death. We think of his children–all lost. “He went through … Continue reading

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Death, We Dare Not Speak Your Name II

“I want to remember Grandma as she was when she was living,” we say, to justify not looking at her dead. There, I said it. Dead. “Grandma has passed away,” we say. “Passed,” we also say, even less to speak … Continue reading

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Death, We Dare Not Speak Your Name

I struggle with death. Though not about to die, I am dying. We all are. I am not alone in my struggle, either, because none of us escapes this world alive. I’m sure you’ve thought about it, perhaps rarely, but … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Daryl Strawberry? II

“Daryl Strawberry is in the house.” The Tampa narcotics convention was all abuzz with the news. When Tracy first met Daryl there 13 years ago, however, the sight sickened her.  “Physically he was not well,” Tracy says. “He was in a … Continue reading

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