Life Is But A Tube

Have you noticed that tubes are nature's primary vehicle for sustaining life?  If you step back from observing the prominence of squares, circles, triangles, and cones, you will notice the overwhelming number of cylinder shapes we depend on daily.  For example, the majority of our oxygen is produced by trees outfitted with tubular trunks and [...]

Freedom Is A Journey

I saw Jesher on the side of a building, and the image both startled and inspired me.  The mural overlooks the Clarksville Pike and 25th Street intersection.  There, dressed in his mother's favorite shade of green and overlaid with comfortably-baggy blue slacks, Jesher stands over two stories tall.  His resolute posture is fortified by a [...]

A Stitch In Time Makes Nine

Yesterday, June 6, 2018, Lhorraine and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary.  The topic of our upcoming anniversary had come up on a few occasions.  Primarily because we wanted to hear each other's expectations for the day.  Even with our son laying in neonatal intensive care, we didn't want the accomplishment of making it nine [...]

Tunnels, Lights, and Idioms

There is an idiom that has permeated a great deal of my brain-space lately.  Customarily, the phrase is spoken whenever a person or group has faced a grueling circumstance and is nearing the much awaited point of deliverance.  It is a popular saying--a mainstay for bi-standers (a.k.a. 'outside observers').  The idiomatic phrase is commonly associated [...]

Lhorraine’s Prayer Tree Pt.2

Lhorraine's Prayer Tree is growing, and so is her joy.  Now, please don't misunderstand me: She is not 100% yet.  She still cries whenever she thinks about the night her prized pregnancy was ripped away from her.  Looking through pictures of Jesher's early days still triggers negative emotions and heartbreak.  She still whispers the words [...]

Who Does Jesher Look Like?

There is a running debate going among Jesher's nurses.  The discussion isn't volatile or abrasive; however, it is spirited.  I personally think they are about one week away from setting the odds and accepting wagers.  The controversy is rising!  The dispute is growing!  At the center of the discourse is Jesher's face and one intriguing [...]

Jesher’s First Outfit

Jesher is now wearing clothes, but I don't want him to get completely comfortable in them.  If his care-providers heard me say this out-loud, they would deem this statement NICU blasphemy!  Wearing clothes is a significant milestone for preemies.  It represents improvement, optimism, and expectation.  Once in clothes, a NICU baby begins to manage their [...]