One day more

One day more

The sun rose yesterday morning, stretched out across the dull gray sky and offered hope in iridescent layers. I stood alone on a quiet bank and watched it arrive like a reliable old friend. I am always grateful for the sunrise and the invitation it offers -- to breathe, to appreciate, to rectify and to [...]

Mayo Clinic offers handwaves and hope

Mayo Clinic offers handwaves and hope

Every afternoon for four hours or more, Joe Johnson stands on Second Street Southwest in Rochester and enthusiastically waves to passing people and vehicles. His purposefully outlandish dress draws attention, his warm greeting coaxes genuine grins. Having manned his post six days a week for the past nine years, he is one of Mayo Clinic's [...]

What is real? Honoring the profound, abiding beauty of the soul

What is real? Honoring the profound, abiding beauty of the soul

Some cultures choose November to celebrate the eternal and transitory nature of the human soul. With optimistic hospitality, they build small altars offering traditional gifts and familiar décor, believing the soul returns annually for a brief period to visit the humans it left behind. I like to think that's true. Who wouldn't want to spend a cool autumn evening [...]