It’s hard, it gets better, keep on keeping on – On parenting

After the recent winter concert of my sixth grade son at his middle school, we went out for ice cream at the local Baskin-Robbins with about a dozen other families from the community who, like us, were celebrating the wonderful holiday musical event. It was my...

Rough Draft – The theme of the 2015 Faith & Culture Writers Conference and my life

I love the quote by Maxwell Perkins that goes like this: “Just get it down on paper, then we will see what to do with it.” Perkins, as the editor of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, knew what he was talking about. I also like the quote by James...

Hospitality is one Christmas Tradition we cannot let disappear

We recently had two families over for a Christmas dinner and cookie making session. Though Christmas is such a busy time of year, I so want to be deliberate about inviting people into our home for fellowship as a way of maintaining traditions, and maybe establishing...

Kids and Electronics: Bring back boredom

I was at a recent soccer game for my 11-year-old son on a bright sunny early fall day. All of the parents are lined up in a row, watching the game. One mom stood out as had two of her younger children with her watching the game. Only, the two younger siblings, maybe...

How rescuing wild birds inspired Melissa Hart’s maternal instinct- Oregonian Books story

The prologue to Melissa Hart’s new memoir “Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family” is written by Brian Doyle, who describes his lifelong obsession with birds of prey and is shocked to “discover that there are people who couldn’t...

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