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Staying Alive

It was just a training session, and we were completely safe. Still, we crouched, terrified, behind an empty patient bed listening to the “active shooter” pound on the door of the room, and then the pop pop pop of air soft “bullets” ricocheting off the walls as he entered, hunting us, firing. “It would only take being […]

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Things That Have Not Happened

I was standing on the threshold of my house ready to step onto the sun-bathed floor boards of my front porch when I heard the yelling. I was in celebration mode because I had just received an email stating that the final paper for my final class for my bachelors degree had passed, and I was completely […]

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Emergency Training

“I’m sorry to interrupt,” the McDonald’s employee said politely approaching our table, “but is there anyone here that knows first aid?  There’s a child choking outside.” I had just finished a 16 hour day, and I’m sorry to confess, by the 11th or 12th hour my patience had worn thin. Every time my pager vibrated, or […]

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Confessions of a Bad Samaritan

Well, it happened again this morning, starting with my waking up at 5:37. One day this week as I was charging down a hallway in the hospital, the story of the Good Samaritan landed on my mental shoulder like a songbird.  In that story, Jesus tells a man that loving God and loving our neighbor are […]

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A Jar of Peanut Butter

“We’re closing soon,” the man at the soup kitchen said, looking me up and down.  I had been tugging on the locked glass doors when he saw me.  “Can I help you with something?” I’ve come to understand that Can I help you? is what people say when they’re irritated.  It was Friday, and almost noon, and […]

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