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A Few Words

A Few Words

July 2, 2019 | On Harry Potter’s first day at Hogwarts, shortly after he’s been sorted into Gryffindor, he witnesses this scene: Albus Dumbledore had gotten to his feet. He was beaming at the students, his arms open wide, as if nothing could have pleased him more than seeing them all there. “Welcome!” he said. “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 123) I’m tempted, especially now that you’ve spent the last several days being washed over by words, to do something similar and simply literally say “a few words” – Maybe some of my favorites – Poetry! Beauty! Story! Silence! Or some trickier ones that I need nonetheless – Nuance! Subtlety! Trauma! Rage! If the rabbis are right (and they usually are), “words make worlds.” Which leaves me wondering – Which words created the world in which we find ourselves? And which words might remake the world? Read more »

Asperger’s and ‘The Silver Lining of Things’

Asperger’s and ‘The Silver Lining of Things’

April 2, 2019 | My son has Asperger’s, which is one of the various autism spectrum disorders, and I think if your son or daughter has Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome or any condition that makes him or her be different from the average ... Is a great gift from God! Read more »


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