Nancy Linenkugel has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, Ohio, since 1968 and writes blogs for her community's website. She is an alumna of Xavier University's Master's of Health Services Administration Program and serves as its director. She was president and CEO of Providence Hospital and Providence Health System from 1986 to 2001.

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A military connection: religious life and how we do it

One is violence-based, one is not. Recently an acquaintance asked me what it was like to be a nun. I said jokingly, "Religious life is a lot like the military except we don't carry guns."

It's tough being gold

Imagine being gold. While you would be appreciated and revered by many just for the prestige of owning you, it would take effort to keep delivering on the golden properties. Wouldn't it get tiring to always be shining? To always be unchanging?

A seedy typo

My ability to touch type doesn't mean that I never type a wrong letter, but I can chug along fairly accurately. Sometimes the typos lead to further ponderings.

Who do you want your house to fall on?

"And if there really is a tornado, you heard it here first, so be careful," my colleague warned. "But here's a question for you: Who would you like your house to fall on? You know, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz."