Category Archives: Lending Insight

Book Review: “I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Go to Boise” by Erma Bombeck

How children survive cancer

Until the mid-1980’s, Erma Bombeck considered herself a light comedy writer. In books such as “At Wit’s End” and “Aunt Erma’s Cope Book,” she wrote about the amusing things that happened in her family and with her friends. Then, in … Continue reading

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Anthony Doerr’s “The Deep” Challenges Stereotypes Surrounding Terminal Illness

Doerr’s award winning short story emphasizes the importance of embracing all that life has to offer

While finishing up a contemporary short story class this semester, I came across a piece of fiction that has since nestled itself deeply into my consciousness. The story, which I found in Ben Marcus’s book “New American Stories,” is by American … Continue reading

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“My Last Days” Tells The Stories of People With Terminal Illness

The documentary series emphasizes life much more than the prospect of death

The cable network The CW has an online documentary series called “My Last Days.” It tells the stories of people living with terminal illness. But it is much more about life than the subjects’ impending deaths. One episode focuses on … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka

How to talk to children about death

Talking about dying is hard. Dying is harder. But there are many people who can help. –from “The Purple Balloon”   Created in conjunction with Children’s Hospice International, “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka offers a way for parents, families, … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare” by Carol Kearns, Ph.D.

A mother recounts her 30-year journey through grief and loss

When Carol Kearns lost her 7-year-old daughter Kristen to a rogue wave in 1976, she thought her life had come to an end. Lost in a haze of grief and despair, she spent the next 10 days praying for a … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life”

Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh apply ancient ideas to modern problems

When professor Michael Puett started teaching a course on classical Chinese philosophy at Harvard, few people expected his class to become one of the most popular courses on campus. Why did so many students flock to this seemingly dry topic? … Continue reading

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