Of all possible times, it happened during Ramadan.  The test of faith would be extreme. Azka was the first of four children born to Persian parents in a small town thirty miles outside of Tehran, Iran.  Being devout Muslims, her father chose the name Azka in part because it meant “pious”.  His wife later revealed to Azka that he also liked how the name rolled off the tongue when spoken in ...

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Jackson’s blood pressure was low, and this had the emergency room physician scrambling, barking orders.  A nurse was busy at each arm, attempting to place large-bore IV’s so that fluids could be given rapidly and thus improve the low blood pressure.  Other nurses were preparing strong antibiotics for immediate administration.  An automated blood pressure cuff was attached to the left arm, inflating every 3-4 minutes with a characteristic grinding ...

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There was a time when Herb was living the American dream in the sunny state of California.  He was married with 2 children, a big house in the suburbs, a golden Labrador retriever, and a well-paying job as an executive in a book publishing company. His two sons were stellar athletes and students, both moving on to attend nationally ranked colleges upon graduation from high school.  They were the pride and joy ...

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