Finding Transformation Within

Finding Transformation Within

My friend Mark is on a quest for personal greatness. “I know I can be a more empowered person—I just don’t know how to do it!” He sighs, then rushes off to the bookstore for the perfect book to transform him from who he is today to the awesome person he envisions for tomorrow. In the six years I’ve known…

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Gratitude Makes You Happy

Gratitude Makes You Happy

A few years back, my spouse and I started a walking regimen, regularly taking a nightly constitutional and catching up on the day. It was an easy way to get exercise and reconnect. We walked through the college campus near our home, trading stories about our days. During one of those walks my spouse recounted a phone call from that…

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When Thyroid Disease Is Difficult to Diagnose

When Thyroid Disease Is Difficult to Diagnose

I am sitting on the edge of an exam table, a little giddy because I believe I have found an endocrinologist who will diagnose and treat me for the chronic fatigue, 30-pound weight gain, excruciating migraines, and other symptoms that have been holding me hostage in my own body for years. Seconds later I am weeping, face in my dripping…

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Does Science Make Us Good?

Does Science Make Us Good?

Obsessed as they are with weights, measures, and other materialistic minutiae, scientists, we are often told, miss the mark when it comes to discerning the intangible values that give life its true meaning—and are sometimes an active force for evil. “We murder to dissect,” the poet Wordsworth said. Left to their own devices, scientists build super-weapons or harvest embryos for…

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