Life is full of final moments: annoying due dates, tragic deaths, and those ever-so-nagging deadlines. So often we assume that when that pesky clock stops ticking it's time to move on to whatever other challenges await us. Yet every once in awhile we're caught quite off guard, when what we thought was in our rearview mirror has a return engagement. Dissolved relationships sometimes reignite. Long-forgotten memories reemerge. Long lost and cherished mementos resurface. And when they do, these renewed discoveries often bring with them fresh insights, intense emotions, and newfound meaning. And that's what happened to Bill Miles.
Bill Miles is the former Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University, where he teaches in the political science department. Miles came upon his not-so-expired telephone card thanks to the Schusterman Center Summer Institute of Israel Studies at Brandeis University, with which he was preparing to travel to Israel with other colleagues from around North America and the world.