Searching the Obvious

Dixil Rodríguez

is a university professor and volunteer hospital chaplain living in Texas.

​Missing Pieces

Late at night I walk the new oncology treatment center with my friend, Dr. Lawrence. She shows me the new imaging equipment, family rooms, treatment rooms, the beautiful garden outside with a fountain and benches for family and friends to wait while their loved ones receive chemotherapy and/or radiation infusions. In the lobby all is carefully placed for people to feel comfortable: couches, recliners . . . tangible furnishings for intangible emotions. In a corner in the lobby there are four tables with puzzle boxes. Who would want to work on a puzzle when they come here?

Dr. Lawrence says the oncology center would be grateful for a …

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