June 5, 2017

I had a sweet experience tonight. It was one of those moments when the world suddenly turns sideways—like when you're driving the road toward home, a road you've driven a thousand times and suddenly you realize with a jolt that you don't recognize anything and you feel weirdly lost even though you know you're where you should be.

I had been visiting a family member at the hospital and as I headed down the hallway toward the elevators, I heard from behind me a very small "Excuse me?" I turned around to see a young Amish woman looking directly at me. "Can you help us?" Her accent made me lift an ear to be sure the words I thought I heard were the words she actually said. "I was looking for someone and then I saw you," she continued. It was very much like English but not at all like English at the same time. "We cannot make it stop."

If she had not been so calm, the words "We cannot make it stop" would have given me pause considering the setting and the fact th...

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