Character

Military Rituals Honor a Life Well Lived

The funeral was short, meaningful, perhaps a quarter hour of memories and prayers.  A daughter had organized a slide show of his life, in chapters.  Childhood.  Marriage, a union that had lasted more than sixty years.  Military service.  Children.  Work.  Grandchildren.  Travel. Adventure. The sanctuary was crowded.  He had touched many lives and we wanted to say goodbye.  To pay tribute as his soul moved on. Presenting the American Flag My husband and I had not been close [...]

September 5th, 2016|Categories: Character, Loss, Marriage|Tags: , , |

He Risked His Life to Prevent a Jump Off a Bridge

         A  recent local news release brought the story of Nicholas Doddo, a college student, who risked his own life to save that of another young man whom he had never seen before.  Sitting in Friday evening traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge, Mr. Doddo had suddenly realized that someone was racing headlong to the barrier with the intent of jumping over it to his inevitable death.  Mr. Doddo’s instincts led him to leave his car, cross traffic lanes in [...]

A Continuum of Compassion from Personal to Cultural

A neighbor from the days when our children were small recently sent me the obituary for the woman who had lived next door. I had known Paula as the woman who gave out particularly treasured Halloween treats and who played the piano, sending musical beauty across our lawns when spring days led us to open our doors and allow screens to permit more transparency. I also knew that she had been an accomplished nurse and had continued to work at [...]

A Service Dog Supports his Companion

Sasha the service dog snuggled into the arms of his temporary guardian, Richard. The ten year old bichon had come to the hospital with his companion, Jefferson, who was there for tests that could determine whether he was a candidate for a surgical procedure that could measurably improve his quality of life. My heart melted as I petted Sasha, scratched his ears, and looked into his big black eyes. Luke had died four years ago this month after seventeen and [...]

April 30th, 2016|Categories: Caregiving, Character, Human-Animal Bonds|Tags: , , |
Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com