The Usefulness of Pain

Recently my surrogate Sicilian dad, Mario, was taken to the hospital due to severe chest pain. He spent the night in the hospital but was released the next morning when the chest pain subsided. No immediate conclusions were drawn from whatever tests may have been performed during the night. Fast forward almost two weeks. I…

Beautiful Scars (Part 3)

This is the last of a trilogy of posts written by my mom, Monica Burney. Click here to read part one and here to read part two. ————————————————————————– Wounds can cut deep, especially when people who are close to us inflict them upon us. Hurtful words. Rejection. Broken promises. Abuse. All of us bear scars…

Providential Phone Calls

In the Summer of 2002 I was interested in participating in the up-coming Spring semester abroad program to Florence, Italy being offered through the local Junior College. My plan for the fall was to work full-time to save up enough money to go. I had recently moved in with family friends and began applying to a…