So, I didn’t latch onto a holy word and go into space and, ethereal, lose touch with my body. But God, in those thirty slow minutes, you unfolded in me the bud of a fresh flower, with color and fragrance that was more than my soul was capable of, on its own.
. . . We all, with unveiled face, behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.
And when the peony showed up, I knew it as a kind of mirror. This was glory in pink and cream, with a smell of heaven. Petals like valves opening into the colors of my heart.
I saw myself kneeling on a grass border, my knees bruising the green, pressing my face into the face of this silken, just-opened bloom, and breathing it, wanting to drown in it. Wanting to grow in its reflected image.
Sanduk Ruit, a Nepali ophthalmologist, has restored eyesight to more than 100,000 people, perhaps a record for one person. He has pioneered a very simple cataract removal procedure that costs only $25 and takes only five minutes per eye. Dr. Ruit’s procedure has the same success rate (98 percent) as the more complicated one used in the United States. The “Nepal method” is now taught in medical schools in the United States (New York Times, November 7).