Ultimate Concerns

Ultimate Concerns

by Diane K. Lavett

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Ultimate Concerns is a collection of twenty-seven short stories that focus on those states and events of life that are universal and of immense importance. Love, the growth of a child, relationships within and between the generations, relationships with God, the humanness of God, finding one's place in the world, the role of pain in the world, illness, and death are all addressed by these stories. These stories all take a strong stance. Meaning flows from the importance of what is discussed and from the underlying assumption that there is purpose to all aspects of life. Thus, God has tears in his eyes with the realization that he has made a world in which death occurs yet says "L'Chayim." A man, pushed to the wall by the circumstances of his life, still insists that there are rules to be followed in life that work. A woman who yearns to be free of the burden of her adult children learns that the burden cannot be discarded.
Many of the stories are modeled on the Hasidic tale, which tends to be short and humorous while making an important point. Most of the stories make the abstract concrete. "Why?" sits on the desk of a rabbi, musical notes bounce off a person's nose, pain leaps onto a child and crushes her, chaos originally made by God through error bounces off God's limitless limits and destroys the universe while he watches helplessly.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161267066
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 05/03/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 983 KB

About the Author

Diane Lavett has taught at the college level (mostly genetics) for decades, had a private practice as a genetics counselor, and was an expert witness in the DNA analysis of crime scene materials in over ninety criminal cases—ranging from simple rape to serial rape-murders. Her legal work was discussed by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, in The Death of Innocents.
Currently, she is on the adjunct faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Department of Biology. She is also a scientific writer for Strategic Solutions Inc.
Throughout her academic career, she performed professional service in a number of ways. She was a reviewer for a number of scientific journals and presses. She reviewed grant proposals for the National Science Foundation (Developmental Biology Fellowships) and the National Research Council (Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowships) and did content and style reviews for a number of academic presses.
Her publications are varied in field. She has published thirteen genetic research articles, all but one coauthored. She also coauthored one paper in psychology on child abuse, one chapter in Postgraduate Advances in Physical Therapy, Course II, sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association, and one chapter in Facing the Abusing God, by David R. Blumenthal. She recently coauthored a paper on trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. She has published eight textbooks (W. H. Freeman) in genetics and coauthored two textbooks in physical therapy (Slack). The first edition of her genetics textbook set the standard for all science textbooks of their type now published. She has also published five short stories and essays in magazines such as Lilith, The Jewish Spectator, and Sh’ma. In 2010, she published a book entitled A Still Small Voice: Healing from Abuse (see http://www.DianeLavett.com).
Despite all her publications, she considers herself a teacher first. She taught juries and thousands of students as a writer of genetics books. She continues to teach through her writings.

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