On the phone, at a gas station, in our dreams
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Steve Edwards is the author of the memoir Breaking into the Backcountry, the story of seven months of solitude in a wilderness cabin in Oregon in 2001. When not teaching, writing, or parenting, he is trying to find holiness in doing the dishes. He tweets his progress: @The_Big_Quiet.
When you have been through something terrible, and you know deep down the outcome could have been otherwise, you develop a strange gratitude for everyday life. The smallest acts of generosity can make you cry.