Category Archives: Moral Issues

The Daughter Chronicles: Consequences

It was like any ordinary late summer evening in 1997.  Most days, it was still warm and sunny, but the nights were getting cooler.  The sun had just about disappeared when we all sat in the kitchen for dinner. “Lara … Continue reading

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Todd Akin & Rape

Ever since Congressman Todd Akin (R) Missouri, gave that fateful television interview last Sunday, the airwaves, blogosphere, Twitter and other social media have been on a feeding frenzy.  Mr. Akin was asked whether he believes abortion is justified in cases of … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Moral Issues, Politics, Rape, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Molestation, Todd Akin, Women's Reproductive Rights, women's rights | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Price of Adaptation

I was saddened to hear news on All Things Considered (Host Melissa Block, NPR) a few days ago about an immigrant family where three family members, a father, a second wife, and a son, were found by a Canadian jury guilty of … Continue reading

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Please Stop Bashing My Head With Your Religion

What is it about some people and their ultra-right-wing religiosity and their insistence that everyone around them convert to their chosen faith?  Not only is it inappropriate, it’s downright annoying! I have my religious beliefs and I hold them very … Continue reading

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Father the Cat

My Dad must have nine lives! He has survived many physical ordeals: Head injury in 1979 caused by a 25-foot fall and the resultant seizure disorder, multiple fractures, fractured skull and the accompanying bleed that has left him with difficulties … Continue reading

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The Morality of Lies

I got a call today from a friend across the globe. She said she wanted to see how I was doing. Then she told me she had a recent argument with her mother. It turns out that her mother had … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Catholicism, God, Letting Go, Life Choices, Moral Issues, Parents, Religion | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Thoughts on 9/11

I was flying back home from Manila on September 10, 2001.  Just the week before, we had been awakened after midnight by a call from my brother, Richard.  Our father had been rushed to the hospital with an acute abdomen. … Continue reading

Posted in 9/11, Historical Fiction, HIstorical Film, Middle East Conflict, Moral Issues, Movies, Politics, Radicalized Islam, Terrorism, World Trade Center | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

So Broken

It was Mid-winter in Ottawa when I first laid eyes on Mannon (not her real name, of course). I was to be her attending resident for the next two months. We had divvied up the patients on the Adolescent Medicine … Continue reading

Posted in Anorexia Nervosa, Child, Doctors, Family, Family Members, Incest, Kids, Moral Issues, Parents, Pedofile, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Molestation, Siblings, Sisters | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tribute to Vicki in Three Parts

Catalyst “I don’t understand why you can’t. Or won’t.” She whimpered, acutely aware she sounded desperate. He shrugged.  “I don’t believe in it.  You know that.” He continued looking intently at his laptop. “But we’ve been together for 11 years … Continue reading

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Wasted Opportunity

When I think about the course of events since we last sat at the office of your oncologist 2 years ago, and discussed the plans for your future, I can’t help but shake my head in dismay. What a waste … Continue reading

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