Perhaps we do our children harm by almost cloistering them in our communities–our churches, schools, and friendships. 

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Summer seems to rush by more quickly than other seasons. As all seasons do, summer will turn into a few snapshots of mental images.

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When events are fresh in our minds, we appreciate each other. We disagree more agreeably because of what happened.

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A couple of generations after Roe, the idea that the strong can decide what life should be for the weak is not legal but it is becoming normalized. 

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The Power of Story

June 2, 2017 — 1 Comment

He was a high school English teacher when he met her. She wasn’t his boss. She wouldn’t become his wife. She was just another student in his classroom.

But because of her, his life would change forever.

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In the meantime, we build bigger school buildings and bus more kids to them. They are mini-cities–too big to manage. A Lord of the Flies environment with Piggies’ waiting to be pushed off the cliff. And some jumping to their own deaths.

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Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget! Kipling
Today is a day for remembering,
Heroes who fought wars for us,
And didn’t come home.
Wives, sisters, and mothers,
Fathers and brothers,

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“So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.” Luke 7: 47

I knew something was wrong as I pulled over to pick my son up after school. He stood on the sidewalk of his elementary school and had a look of fear in his eyes.

He had gotten in trouble. He and some other boys were fooling around in the bathroom.

Noise and water. A scolding from the principal. Detention.

He was drowning in guilt and fear, anticipating my reaction. Continue Reading…

One of my granddaughters got in the car after the half-day of school. I asked how the morning had gone.

“We had the puberty lesson, today.” She lifted a plastic bag containing the “kit” she received for me to see. It was a bit scary but exciting too.

She stands on the threshold of a new chapter in life. Not in the experience yet–but knowing about the experience. A page has turned in its time. Turning the pages from youth to adulthood can be hard to get right. Turn too fast or turn the wrong way, and you can rip a page. You can get hurt.

To everything there is a season. Continue Reading…

“We are going to need America’s children to rise to their best in the years to come, because a nation of adult-children cannot be a nation of self-governing people.

“A plea for self-discipline and self-control is the one and only dignified alternative to discipline and control from without. For in this broken world of lawless souls, there will be control; there will be government. Order-seeking and security-seeking people, as well as those in search of power for their own purposes, will invariably seek to hold back the chaos of the world. The question is whether people will control themselves or submit to the control of others.” Ben Sasse

When I was a college student in my thirties, I found a couple simple ways for dealing with stress. And not to brag, but my stress was significant.

I had a part-time job as a bank teller, and yes, that’s a stressful job. I was a single mother dealing with the aftermath of an antagonistic divorce, a leaky roof, and a car that somehow seemed invisible to other drivers who would periodically hit it with their cars.

Stress-relief 101 included a more than once a week walk through the grocery store. These trips were not the weekly restocking of my larder, in which my five children typically participated thereby generally ensuring the opposite of stress relief. My solo store visits were brief times at the end of classes. They included listening to benign music and unwinding while making a few small purchases mostly involving comfort foods.  Continue Reading…