November 10, 2020

A Lift Up the Stairs of Perfection

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Therese Martin expressed her wish to be a saint as prosaically as I would express my wish to publish a book. She uses such a relatable analogy in The Story of a Soul that every time I walk up the eighty-nine concrete steps to my house, I smile...

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June 11, 2018

Collector of Poetry, Even in Heaven: A Letter to My Grandmother

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Now that you live with Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edna St. Vincent Millay, TS Eliot, and all the others you can get yourself a huge poetry collection even better than the one you had here on earth, which is hard to imagine. I can’t wait...

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February 19, 2018

My New Fight Song

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Whenever I was lonely or afraid, I tried to uplift myself by humming my favorite pop music, but it didn’t work. The songs just made me feel so inadequate: I couldn’t follow any of the advice they gave. Then one day for some reason I remembered back...

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January 13, 2017

The Force That’s Always With Us

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I hope no one underestimates the importance of this discussion or its power to save lives. There are times when no human reassurance, therapy, or medication means anything to a person suffering from mental illness. But to meet someone who is just...

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