When your three-year-old daughter walks into your room at 2:30 in the morning covered in blood, it’s pretty much enough to freak you out. Baby Zoe (I know she hardly qualifies as a baby at three, but that’s what she is, and always will be, to me) is my quiet, serene child. Anyone who has [Read More…]
Part two in our four-chapter family storybook Christmas gift is our two-year-old, Zoe, reading her favorite story, “Olivia Helps With Christmas.” I’m biased but I think it’s pretty much the cutest stinkin’ thing I’ve ever seen. Merry Christmas! [Read more…]
Each year we try to do something creative for Christmas. This year, we decided we’d all tell stories (yes, even Zoe). Mattias, who is eight, penned his own tale, called “The Reindeer Who Had Fear to Fly.” He also illustrated it and read it for the camera. Thought I’d share the final product with all [Read More…]
My wife, Amy, and I were driving southbound on Interstate 25 recently when a figure ran across the road, right at the edge of one of the overpasses near downtown Pueblo. Though my first instinct was to slam on the brakes, I slowed down enough to notice it was a police officer whose car was parked on the other side of the highway.
At first, we assumed he was in pursuit of a bad guy, but then Amy notice a little boy, no more than four years old, standing on the outside of the guardrail of the bridge. The point on the overpass where he was had to be at least thirty feet above ground; more than enough to inflict serious – if not fatal – damage if he fell. [Read more…]
It seems almost cliché to write about religious sexual abuse scandals in a faith-oriented column, but sometimes news stories simply demand a response.
First of all, I want to make clear that, as a leader in a faith community, I’m personally both saddened and outraged every time I hear about another innocent soul falling victim to a sexual predator who uses the context of the ministry to cloak themselves in protective immunity. With every new revelation of such abuses, my question isn’t why these predators aren’t defrocked; it’s why they’re not sitting in a cell somewhere.
That said, I think some of us are focusing our righteous anger in the wrong direction. [Read more…]