Life Issues Forum

By Mary Prentis
 
Growing up in Florida, I often heard comments from friends and family living up North about how beautiful the transitions of the changing seasons were. Still, I was content in my subtropical paradise and shrugged off any idea that I could be missing out on anything important. Yet having recently experienced (and survived) my first northern winter, I’ve learned valuable lessons about shifting from the dark of winter to the welcoming glow of spring.

By Tom Grenchik
 
Lately, I’ve been taking the subway to work, and in waiting for trains, I’ve had plenty of time to ponder my surroundings.  Our subway system in Washington DC consists of both above-ground and below-ground stations.  Those underground stations are fairly well-lit, with soaring, vaulted ceilings and raised platforms where commuters await the next train’s arrival.  But at either end of the platform there are two dark tunnels where the tracks and service walkways disappear into the unknown.

By Aaron Matthew Weldon

Shortly after my wife had given birth to our first son, I held my little boy and was immediately struck by his helplessness.  Before that moment, I may have had some idea of how dependent a child is on others, but it became very real when my wife handed him to me on that sweltering summer day in Washington, D.C.  Those moments at the beginning of life, as well as at its end, show us in a vivid way one of the deepest truths about being human: we are radically dependent on others.

By Mary Prentis

Runners build up endurance to race in a marathon, and Olympic athletes train endlessly to compete in the Olympic Games. A great deal of hard work and perseverance is needed to achieve smaller goals that eventually lead to success in larger goals—such as winning the marathon or earning a gold medal.