Category Archives: Reasons to Live

Reasons to Live

Celebrate Your Variance

On the greater variance side, we find the artists, the change agents, the thinkers, the sexually adventurous, the loonies, all the people who give life some entertainment value. Continue reading

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Unwanted Blessings

When painful things come to you, look deeper. They may be blessings in disguise. When my friend Nora was 24, she married Fredrik, her tall, good-looking high school sweetheart. She supported him through medical school and residency in San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Giving It Away

“Live for yourself, you will live in vain. Live for others, you will live again.” – Bob Marley, “Pass It On” Elzéard Bouffier was a shepherd who brought a whole blighted district in Provence, in the foothills of the Alps … Continue reading

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Strange Survival Stories

Inspiration is taking the week off. (I think she went skiing at Lake Tahoe with Hope.)  Instead, I’ve got two stories of people surviving for unusual reasons.  If they’re too quirky for you, come back in a couple of weeks. … Continue reading

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The Power of Acceptance – as told by Job

If any Bible story speaks to people with chronic illness and other long-term miseries, it’s got to be the Book of Job. Job’s story is about the healing power of acceptance. As presented in Job, the idea of “God” might … Continue reading

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The Power of Pets

Julie walked slowly in to a San Francisco multiple sclerosis support group I led, leaning on her walker. Her first line of introduction was, “I don’t know why I’m here. It’s not like you can help me or anything.”

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