Searching for Tom SawyerOf Dolphins, Hazings, Boys, and Manhood
The “bullying” story coming out of the Miami Dolphins locker room has dominated the news for the last few weeks. Though the details still aren’t fully known, it hasn’t stopped the public debate over hazings and bullying. The responses to Jonathan Martin leaving the team over alleged bullying by his teammate, Richie Incognito, have illustrated [Read More...]
Mama: MonkLight Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3 (A Repost)
Note: This was first published last Advent, following the shootings in Newtown… Vol. 3 – Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance or beauty in the thought of a young woman looking desperately for a place where she could give birth to her first baby… it is a bitter commentary upon the [Read More...]
Building CathedralsLet it Snow: Texas Style
Wintry weather in Texas normally means ice. So we make the most of it. With all of our sledding-type apparati at the grandparent’s in Colorado, we have to improvise a bit. 3′ vertical drop on a sheet of ice, we can rip it up! No board, no problem. Just grab a cookie sheet. P.S. Mom, [Read More...]
Bristol's BlogTrump Weighs In on Saeed: Obama “Didn’t Even Ask”
Donald Trump met with Pastor Saeed's wife recently. Here's his take on the way Obama has handled this tragedy.
Searching for Tom SawyerA Girl’s Santa Wish List
A Father: Who will protect me, guide me, encourage me, love me, and show me how to interact with good men. A Mom: Who will listen to my heart, who will support me, love me, and pour good feminine energy into me. Mentors: Women who will walk beside me and ahead of me, modeling for [Read More...]
The Homeschool ChroniclesBoston Strong: Our Family’s Halloween Tribute
Maybe most of us make art in response to loss. Roadside memorials, video montages, elaborate masses with incense and organ music, and tattoos like those that sprang up all over town after the Boston bombings. Our family responded with Halloween costumes. Boston Strong!
Wordy NerdyWelcoming Advent–and Win the Chance for a Free Advent Book!
Tomorrow marks the 2nd Sunday in Advent. With 2 high schoolers and an 8th grader, rather than celebrating 6 times in the past 6 days, we’ve hit it 1 1/2. (Yesterday I was so grumpy that no one had cleaned the kitchen and that despite leaving out the rice hinting for someone to store it in [Read More...]
French RevolutionAn Open Letter to President Obama, From a Level 90 Elf Priest
Mr. President, I write to you today not as David French, citizen of the United States, but instead as Rickybobbey, level 90 Blood Elf priest, Defender of a Shattered World, the Starcaller, possessor of the legendary cloak Xing-Ho, Breath of Yu’lon. With a heavy heart I heard out town crier declare the news: [Read More...]
Man on the RunBored by too much to do
“I’m bored, Mom. Give me something to do!” The woman standing behind me at the checkout line of the hardware store handed her son her smartphone, and said, “Here…play with this.” Children seem to be growing up bored today. And not because there is less to do, but because there are too many over-stimulating options. [Read More...]
Thin PlacesHelp from the Elf
TinselFirst Look: New Trailer for Life-Honoring Movie “Gimme Shelter”
GIMME SHELTER centers on Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless teenager.
A Few Grown MenFrom the Mouths of Babes
"I don't listen to the lyrics." It's the number one excuse I've heard from teenagers when an adult questions them about the foul music they're putting in their ears. Two film makers decided to put that one to the test, filming little kids parroting the language of songs they are familiar with.
Muslimah Next DoorThe Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World
I’ve been attending a halaqa (Islamic study circle) for nearly two years now – a small intimate group of ladies with whom I’ve grown very close to. Our halaqa is simple – we are studying, surah by surah the 30th juz (chapter) of the Quran, and we are studying, hadith by hadith, the Forty Hadith [Read More...]