Story by | Laura Scherb The path to creating more habitable communities through healthcare has already been forged in Cleveland,…
Soon after becoming director of the Comprehensive Burn Center at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Dr. Richard Fratianne met a young woman named Gloria who had been burned from the waist up. A life-threatening injury, her burns covered 60 percent of her body.
Those at the burn center put Gloria through five major surgical procedures, Fratianne said. They rebuilt her face with skin grafts so she could open and close her eyes normally and so she could eat and drink without drooling; though her cheeks were stiff, she could still smile. A job well done, the surgeons thought to themselves.
Through her efforts to commemorate the memory of her daughter, Yvonne Pointer has become a mother to many.
Linda Rocker’s first novel, Punishment: A Legal Thriller, begins with a bang.
“The book opens with a bombing,” Rocker said, which shakes the West Palm Beach courthouse where much of the book’s plot takes place.
After enrolling in a writing course at Chautauqua, Rocker took the chapters she had begun in Cleveland and began crafting them into a book, which will be the first of a trilogy.
“I suddenly realized that I had a lot to say, and I could say it through character,” she said. “Without Chautauqua, I’m not sure I ever would have finished this book.”
The book is for sale in the Chautauqua Bookstore, and Rocker will sign copies today from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Author’s Alcove, celebrating the Institution that gave her the gift of time and place to write her novel about legal intrigue, coming of age and the morality of punishment.
The liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez once observed: “We should not begin with simply doing theological reflection and writing. We should begin with a political commitment to the poor and the needy.”
Theology should arise out of our own personal commitment to justice and equity. Anyone doing theological reflection whether in the form of classroom teaching, pulpit preaching or writing books or articles must do so with that challenge in mind.