It is quiz time once again! I figured this would be a fit way to celebrate the third anniversary of Offbeatcompassion.com which is July 4th. It is also a sneaky way to get people to read more of my posts, beginning with February 24th through the present. Here are the rules: 1. I will only count responses made to my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org ( No one will be on a mailing list as a result.) 2. I will count responses in the order they are received. 3. The first 3 people to give me the correct best answers will win. The prize will consist of: being the first people in the general public to see a sample from my next book, The Curiosity Seekers. It is compassionate (what else?) science fiction, and I will send the sample via email as a Microsoft Word attachment. Once I get 3 winners, I will notify everyone here in this introduction that the competition is over, and I will reveal the answers. Update: as of July 11th, I have one winner. This contest will close July 15th.
A. This quote from a poem by an Iraqi, “allow my pen to slay itself,” refers to
- another quote, “the pen is mightier than the sword.”
- writer’s block.
- mental illness.
- a euphemism for a kind of grieving that has gone too far.
B.Even though I am a rabbi, I was hired by my current hospice because
- I can speak Spanish with the many Hispanic Catholic patients they have.
- Most of the patients are Jewish or agnostic.
- They could not ask my religion due to fair employment guidelines
- The chaplain’s particular faith does not matter. Spirituality is what counts
C. One of the more fascinating encounters I have had with a patient involved:
- Someone who turned out to be a distant cousin of mine.
- One whose occupation in their youth was as a clown in Disney World.
- A 99-year-old who could still play chess.
- A Nigerian nun in a convent.
D. “Do you think God should be fired?” Regarding that question,
- I asked it to help a patient articulate his ambivalent feelings about God.
- I would never ask such an irreverent question.
- A patient asked me that to see if he could shock me.
- I really asked, “Has God disappointed you?”
E. It is nonsense to say society should dispense with chaplains at hospices since the U.S. is more secular because,
- some patients are very devout; not everyone is secular.
- some chaplains are secular themselves.
- it is rare indeed to have someone visit a patient with no agenda other than to share in their suffering or perplexity.
- who can be the judge of who is secular and who is not?