Redemption in Angola Prison

Over at Comment Magazine, John Rottman has an interesting piece on the astounding transformation at Angola Prison in New Orleans—home to hardened criminals and gang members. Here’s part of it: The kingdom of God has also brought a sense of vocation in the value of work. Prisoners earn money by making crafts and selling them [Read More...]

Vacationing with the Obamas and Other Ironies

Hiking next to the Gallatin River in south central Montana, about an hour away from Bozeman

Twice in the last four years we spent our summer vacation with the Obamas. Well, okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But, truly, two times during our last four summer vacations we encountered the President and/or his family . . . and were somewhat inconvenienced in the process. Here are the facts. Last month, [Read More...]

Why I Will Not Do Archery Anymore


I’ve been reading articles recently that testify to the growing popularity of archery. Here’s one, for example. These articles point to the influence of Katniss Everdeen, the main character in the The Hunger Games books and movie. For the uninitiated, Katniss is an exceptional archer. Surely, it doesn’t hurt to have Hawkeye from The Avengers [Read More...]

Memorial Day Memories

A backpacker in the Marble Mountains. Photo from

Well, I managed to make it through another Memorial Day without sitting in traffic and fighting the crowds in some supposedly secluded spot. I was out at Laity Lodge and spent most of the day in this isolated, idyllic spot, hanging out with my wife and daughter. I was not at a beach so full [Read More...]