Category Archives: Family

Eulogy for my mother

  Harriet Louise (Speer) Jewell (January 26, 1927-September 11, 2016) We celebrate through tears the crescendo of a long goodbye We gather here to celebrate our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend; and for the crescendo of a long goodbye. We’ve … Continue reading

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Protecting Marriage: Ironic promotional language for a session at the forthcoming NRB Convention

The headline of a promotional email for a session at the National Religious Broadcasters convention reads: “Protecting Marriage: How to Get the Media Message Right for This Generation.” So how can we explain Protecting Marriage to this generation? (By which … Continue reading

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On Veterans Day: Memorabilia from My Father, the WWII Veteran

My father was a World War II veteran. Veterans of these battlefields of the last century are now bowed men in their eighties and nineties speaking hesitantly about their colleagues and their service a lifetime ago in the killing fields … Continue reading

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Brett Walls’ Magnificent Journey against Locked In Syndrome and United Health Care Paralysis

CHICAGO — Two blocks east of Chicago’s posh Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, in the shadow of the spectacular John Hancock skyscraper, sits the world’s leading hospital and research enterprise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. … Continue reading

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A Milestone Birthday for Debbie Jewell: Celebrating a Life Well Started

When you reach milestones that begin with crooked numbers, it is common to reflect on years gone by and their results. Today we’re celebrating the milestone birthday of a remarkable woman whose 50 years have been time well-spent.  Debra Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Autopsy Abuse Gets Personal

When race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. was run over and killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart on a track in upstate NY Saturday, we saw self-destructive machismo at its worst.  Many think Steward didn’t try very hard to stay clear … Continue reading

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Unlocked: The Brett Walls Story of Personal Miracles and Insurance Company Paralysis

Brett and Gayle, June 30, 2014 [Prepared for media release. July 16, 2014] Brett Walls moved all of the fingers on his right hand and lifted his right forearm about eight inches.  The date was July 9, 2014 and this … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer on Marriage

Saw this appropriate passage in the midst of this new national debate on the definitions and characteristics of marriage.  It is from Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  (h/t to my Facebook friend WIllim Sulik)    ‎”Marriage is more than your … Continue reading

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Generational Connection: sunrise, sunset

We visited my mother a few weeks ago near Rock Island, Illinois, a visit made easier by our recent move to the Chicago area.  It was a wonderful family gathering to the rural home by the river where Mom has … Continue reading

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On Memorial Day: My annual tribute to a soldier of the greatest generation

Memorial Day 2011 When I seek to honor the men and women of the armed forces who paid the ultimate price to fight for freedom and justice, I think of their peers and how they honor those who didn’t make … Continue reading

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