Is that's what's troubling you, Bucky?
I have the solution. It's called Zen for Tough Guys, the new book by this blog's co-author, Martin K. Bayne.
Zen for Tough Guys is a short story collection, but not just any collection. These are very short stories, the kind that can fit on a greeting card (that's an idea), the kind visitors can read during the briefest hospital visit.
These are also stories that stay with you. Like O. Henry, who wrote many of his stories for newspapers a century ago, Bayne has the ability to pack a lot of emotional wallop into a very little space.