Author Archives: Tolkienfan

Worth the risk? The Courage of Neville Longbottom

‘You can’t go out,’ said Neville, ‘you’ll be caught again. Gryffindor will be in even more trouble.’ ‘You don’t understand,’ said Harry, ‘this is important.’ But Neville was clearly steeling himself to do something desperate. ‘I won’t let you do it,’ … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mr. Keating: On Robin Williams and the public’s response to suicide

“My time in the arena made me realize how I need to stop punishing her for something she couldn’t help, specifically the crushing depression she fell into after my father’s death. Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not … Continue reading

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The Orphan, the Bookworm and the Ginger: On Why We Need Each Other

First, can we just pause and savor the cuteness? “Not me, not Hermione, YOU!” I’ve probably watched this scene 100 times. But I digress. Wizard’s chess is undoubtedly my favorite scene from “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone”, possibly because I consider … Continue reading

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A mother’s love – The sacrifice of Lily Potter

  Lily: “Not Harry, not Harry, please not Harry!”Voldemort: “Stand aside you silly girl … stand aside now.”Lily: “Not Harry, please no, take me, kill me instead.” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 9 Happy Mother’s Day! What better way to … Continue reading

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From muggle to Hufflepuff

And now for something a little different.  Over the past two years I have rediscovered my love of great fiction. I am humbled with gratitude for the tremendous amount of color and beauty these books have brought back to my life. … Continue reading

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An ode to our veterans

Yesterday I started my new clinical rotation at the VA.  As I am considering a career at the VA post grad school, I am excited to see what happens.  One thing is for certain. After one session with a veteran, … Continue reading

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On music, film, literature and faith (why Aslan brought me closer to God)

“Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.”“Oh, Aslan!!” said Edmund and Lucy both together in despairing voices.“You are too old, children,” said Aslan, “and you must begin to come close to your … Continue reading

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