Our 200th visit to Pine Street: the world is upside down.
Ursula, Allison, Kassandra - all wonder about their own ability to face what life brings.
Ursula, Marilyn's grandmother, faces a kind of war of her own.
Vulnerable seniors. Douglas struggled with the knowledge that this phrase applied to him. Except when he looked in the mirror, he thought of himself as a man in his thirties, or occasionally, a teenager of eighteen or nineteen, with a whole life to look forward to. But no, here he was, turning seventy, married for … Continue reading Pine Street Episode 196
Leo’s cell phone interrupted his meditation on loss. He shifted Precious to the porch so he could dig it out of his pocket. “Hello?” “Leo, it’s David.” Leo’s heart lurched. Douglas, David’s father, was in the hospital. “David, is everything okay? Is it your dad?” “No. I mean, yes. Dad’s okay, for now. No change. … Continue reading Pine Street Episode 195
Leo hears Marilyn's voice, too, and receives the message of disruption: the chance to shed what we did not realize we could live without.
Our Pine Street regulars begin to confront the disruption that has come their way.
My challenge and aspiration, today, is to maintain a focus on the big picture. I work in higher education, an industry which is having to rapidly adjust its operations. We are scrutinizing every detail of how courses are offered, how students are supported, and how campuses can function. In this, we are not alone; just … Continue reading The big picture