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“I Love You”

William J. Vande Kopple It happened at the most startling—and often inappropriate—times. I was collaborating with colleagues Nancy Hull and Gary Schmidt during Calvin College's interim term to lead a group of students around significant literary sites in eastern Massachusetts.…
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As a Father…

"Anything yet?" "Ha!--not a very good job of sneaking up on me this time, Dad. Stepping on that crusty plowed snow by the road gave you away." "I wasn't trying to sneak up on anybody. Just trying not to disturb…
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Walking the Walk

"You're not going out in all that wind, are you?" Wanda was cropping pictures for a memory-book page. "Can't let a little wind keep me from my Sunday-afternoon walk." "Well, at least tell me where you're headed. And take the…
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Forever and Ever

The anesthesiologist, I thought, looked competent. He had introduced himself shortly after the nurse in pre-op had managed to pull my wedding ring off. "The biggest danger in removing an adrenal gland and an attached pheochromocytoma is a blood-pressure crisis.…