Alone On the Trail: The Nine Mile Hike

About five weeks ago, I drove to Thousand Oaks, CA, so I could visit with my brother and his nephrologist. My brother is close to kidney failure and I wanted to explore the possibility of donating one of mine to him. We both sat in the doctor’s office, nursing our individual apprehensions. I was worried…

War is Normal; Peace is the Anomaly

I have just learned recently that one of the temples in ancient Rome housed the statue of Janus, the two-faced god of boundaries. The temple had doors on each end, so each side of the statue could face a door. During times of war, the doors remained open. They were closed in times of peace.…