Jeremy Statton

Living Better Stories

The Glorious Ordinary

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Not all occupations are created equal. Just ask any mom. They wipe snotty noses. They make lunches, spreading peanut butter and jelly before anybody else is even out of bed. They scrub jeans covered in grass stains. They cut coupons and count pennies, making a budget stretch faurther. They attend soccer games early Saturday morning, [...]

Color with a Broken Set of Crayons

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The only good part about the first day of school was the new box of crayons. It was amazing to open up a brand new box. Each crayon was perfect. The tip was sharp. The wrapper in place. And usually, none of were broken. It didn’t take long for the brand new box of crayons to [...]

The Fear of the Unknown

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As an orthopedic surgeon I treat pain. Actually I try to diagnosis and treat the many causes of musculoskeletal pain. But every person who comes to see me is there because something hurts. A common cause of the pain I treat is osteoarthritis of the knee. With time, with injuries, with abuse, joints wear out. [...]

What Will You do When You Fall Down?

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At some point you are going to let others down. You will disappoint. You will fall short of the mark you strive for. You will not live up to your own expectations. You will not love others as you hope. You will live a different story than what you want to live. You will judge. [...]

When Our Dreams Changed

Our Dream Home

Eight years ago my wife and I did something most hope for but few get to do. We moved into our dream home. Our dream home is built of logs and nestled on 5 wooded acres. It is beautiful and quiet. We designed the house together. We searched through blueprints on the internet. We visited models. And then using [...]

How You Can Change the World

Recently at the Festival of Faith and Writing, I attended an interview of Anne Lamott. One of the questions asked of her was one I often ask my myself. How do you get people to change? How do you change your environment? How do you change a culture, specifically one that is self-centered and judgmental? How do [...]

Give Someone a Drink of Water

To Start Anytime I sit down to write a story, I am easily overwhelmed with not knowing what to write. I know something about the type of story I want to write. I certainly know how I want the reader to feel at the end. And I always hope that the story will help people heal. But [...]

Losing Sight of What is Important

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The Mess at Your Feet It happens. You choose something outside of the ordinary. A harder life, but one that is good. You see a need. You start giving more of yourself. And then your heart reaches out along with your hands. You sacrifice for the good of others. You give and you give and [...]

What verse will you write?

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O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects [...]

The Power of One

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Big Numbers It’s hard to understand the utility of one when we are used to really big numbers. Katy Perry has over 52,000,000 Twitter followers. Last year Oprah Winfrey made over $77,000,000. The U.S. national debt is $17,571,336,985,313.33. In our world, 1,400,000,000 people live in poverty, 842,000,000 live in hungry, and 35,000,000 live with HIV/AIDS. [...]