Tag Archives: Calling

All Are Called

I have a movable feast of a conversation going on these days with a changing cast of characters, friends who, one by one — and completely independent of one another — have floated by me their idea that maybe not everyone has a purpose, or calling, in this life. They’re speaking, of course, of purpose in its grand sense, as something lofty that sets us apart from the world that most of us occupy. They’re speaking of calling in the Einsteinean sense, of course, and if that is all that calling is, they are right. Only some of us are called to live such grand lives. 

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What We Owe This Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is Sunday. I look forward to a day when we raise no army and wage no war, but until then, let’s honor the brave men and women who do a difficult and often thankless job in times of peace and war. My uncle Jack was in the military. He served his country until the time of his death, under mysterious circumstances, when his body was sucked out of a plane flying over the Pacific Ocean.

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