Anyway, I found out she was telling me the truth, because when I was six, a girl in the first grade had cooties, and she kissed me when I wasn’t looking. A kiss is a little like a sneeze. At least it was the way she did it. And, sure enough, I got the cooties. At least everyone said I did. Another time, a boy sneezed on me, and I got the measles. He got the measles, too. I figure he had them before me and gave them to me before they had shown themselves. So I know it’s true. If someone sneezes on you, you get what they have, and it usually isn’t something you want.
Murphy had been plagued since his military service with insomnia and bouts of depression, and slept with a loaded pistol under his pillow.   A post-service medical examination on 17 June 1947 revealed symptoms of headaches, vomiting, and nightmares about war. His medical records indicated that he took sleeping pills to help prevent nightmares.  During the mid-1960s, he recognized his dependence on Placidyl , and locked himself alone in a hotel room for a week to break the addiction successfully.  Post-traumatic stress levels exacerbated his innate moodiness,  and surfaced in episodes that friends and professional colleagues found alarming.  His first wife, Wanda Hendrix, stated that he once held her at gunpoint.  She witnessed her husband being guilt-ridden and tearful over newsreel footage of German war orphans.  Murphy briefly found a creative stress outlet in writing poetry after his Army discharge. His poem "The Crosses Grow on Anzio" appeared in his book To Hell and Back ,  but was attributed to the fictitious character Kerrigan. 
The Rev. Lisa Hunt, Rector of St. Stephen's Church and School in Montrose, has guided a congregation through disaster before. In the 1990s, a tornado destroyed her church in East Nashville. "The temptation," Hunt said, especially for clergy, "is to go out on all cylinders. After the tornado, my father came to help me. He said, 'You need to pace yourself. This is a marathon, not a sprint. You're not going to be good for anyone if you're spent.' " Hunt has tried to follow his advice and that of the Katrina survivors in her church. They remind her that Houston remains in rescue mode, she said, and that recovery will be long.