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...

But, Mom, you helped ME this morning

It was one of those mornings. Making school lunches, signing permission slips, trying to figure out the after school agenda, calculating rides home, trying to arrange doctors appointments. There was a middle school gathering/Halloween party/dance-ish event that my kid...

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...

Parents Addicted to Technology: Guilty as charged

The other night after dinner when all the kids scattered in their various directions, I grabbed my cell phone to do a quick check of email. One email sends me to a website and that website sends me to twitter which sends me to another website and then of course, I...

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