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Send your thoughts and prayers to Rachel Barenblat ’96, who has suffered a minor stroke but is recovering.

I am profoundly grateful to the nurses, doctors, specialists, and orderlies at Berkshire Medical Center. Also to my friends, family, and especially my husband, for taking such good care of me. What a week it has been.

At some point I hope to write more about this: what it felt like, what fears it awoke in me, and what certainties. But everything’s still a little jumbled, and I’m not sure I’ve really processed what went on and what it means. I hope you’ll bear with me as I begin to make sense of all this craziness. Meanwhile, as my rabbi noted on Wednesday morning, it gives me an excellent new perspective on the work of pastoral care…

Perspective is a useful thing for all of us.