Fear

Sudden change…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein.

It was 12/7/89. I was 44 years old. My wife was pregnant with our son and I took a walk near midnight to pick up a pizza for the two of us. Before I knew it, a handgun was pointed at me. 

The good Lord gave me enough peace not to panic. The gunman and his companion in a truck next to us took my pizza and the remaining seven dollars, leaving me shaken, alive, and still praying. That defined for me the pain of sudden change.

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Sharing Our Humanity

“Writing is a way of sharing our humanity.” William McIlvanney, the late Scottish author.

It helps us to connect, to step beyond the mundane, to knit words lovingly in our most engaging language.

Most importantly, it is an opportunity to communicate what’s in our hearts clearly, something that doesn’t happen enough.