There Will Always Be Another Train

How much time does it take to change a life? A second, a minute, an hour, a lifetime? Or is it all these at once, a complex intersection of lives colliding like atoms, inextricably drawn together by the force of fate, destiny, or the otherworldly needs of two souls? I was young, only twenty, a backpacker who had travelled to India on a whim, who had arrived unprepared for the poverty and the multitudes. After three stressful months of wandering about that vast subcontinent, I found myself in what was Read More …

What price life?

On The National this evening was a story out of Haiti about the new disabled population created by last year’s earthquake and the doctors who performed emergency surgery without consideration for long-term consequences. Whenever a major disaster hits, our first response is to save lives, and we applaud the medics who sweep in and provide care under the most dire circumstances. But as the doctor featured in The National segment, who revisited those whose lives he helped saved, believes now, if we’re not prepared to be there for the long Read More …