Field Notes From First Semester

“There is no try. You do, or do not.” -Yoda, from┬áThe Empire Strikes Back Wow, Summer is finished! Anyone else feel like it flew by in about three winks? We had a lot going on, the finish of my husband’s first semester in medical school, a visit from my aunt whom we lovingly refer to…

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Though Billows Roar

I never thought much about the phrase “calm before the storm” until about a week ago. I had heard rumors of a hurricane gathering strength in the Atlantic Ocean, but I figured it would ignore us. Harvey had just hit Texas, how could there be another one so close? Each day brought uncomfortable updates until…

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Every Tongue, Tribe, and Nation

The air was hot with excitement. Even the breeze carried the energy of what was taking place. While straightening my tribal print dress, a friend whisked me into one of the classroom Labs acting as a dressing room for the evening. Phallic plastic molds and IV practice stations greeted me as I looked around the…

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The Left Hand of Forgiveness

Places are a lot like people; you lean into the good parts and forgive the bad. This is a continual posture, not a sanction. I think of this as bowing down, not in worship, but in a choice to honor with grace. I am not interested in hierarchy, or teaching this place or person a…

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