Boston Is A Small World

The anger I feel that someone bombed Boston has taken me by surprise. I had started to think of myself primarily as a digital citizen of a shrinking world. Monday reminded me otherwise. [Read more...]

I Was Wrong About Facebook

I was afraid of reconnecting with old friends on Facebook. But doing so reminded me that my life is more like a novel than a series of unrelated short stories. [Read more...]

Can You Help Your Children Develop A Conscience?

My sweet, rule-following, justice-oriented son stole a friend’s Pokemon card last week. Then he announced the feat during an evening of sharing our highs and lows. As his high. Our question: Can you help your children develop a conscience? [Read more...]

On The Way To Easter: Mourning With Jesus

it wasn’t the resurrection that first drew me to Jesus. The idea of resurrection was confusing, even offensive, at the time. It was Jesus as he wept over Lazarus that first drew me in. A man overcome with grief was something I could understand and hang on to. [Read more...]

Is Menopause From Hell?

Now I’m not saying menopause is from the devil. But it did make our house hellish last week. [Read more...]

Easter Celebrations and Amusement Parks: Disappointing

On Easter, we’ll put on fancy clothes and head off to church. We’ll enjoy the music and the friends. We’ll enjoy hearing the resurrection story. On the way home, though, we’ll wonder if the celebration lived up to all the hype. We’ll be left asking ourselves, “Was that it?” The answer, gratefully, is No. [Read more...]

Is It Too Late For Lent?

I couldn’t handle Lent this year so I didn’t start until Palm Sunday. Hopefully, it’s not too late. [Read more...]

Dragonbox Will Teach Your Five-Year-Old Algebra. Really, truly.

Dragonbox will teach your five-year-old to do algebra. Really, truly. I’m not a big fan of educational apps, but this one changed my mind. [Read more...]

Why I (Still) Believe In Jesus

Spending time with atheists renews my faith in Jesus. My story raises doubts, but theirs raise more. [Read more...]

Geography Matters (Or Why Your Kids Should Play With Maps)

Figuring out exactly where you are in the world is no easy task. Figuring out how that place connects to all the other places in the world, and how those places have related over time, well, that’s a life’s work. Compelling work. Maybe that’s why I’ve never met a kid who didn’t enjoy poring over a map. [Read more...]