Oh, the places I’ve been!

I love the way 2007 began for Bill and I: the pastor of the church we were attending at the time opened the building and made himself available to share communion with anyone who wanted to stop by on New Year's Eve. The place was lit by candlelight, and he had quiet worship music playing in the background. We stopped by there - the place was almost completely empty - just the pastor and one other person, but God was there, and it seemed just about the best way to end one year and begin a new … [Read more...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

It is always surprises people when I tell them that when I was growing up, I didn't even know when Christmas was. I wasn't totally clueless - I knew it was a December holiday that generated a lot of cool Christmas cartoons (Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and two local favorites, Suzy Snowflake and those three zany elves, Hardrock, Coco and Joe), but my Jewish parents emphasized that Christmas was their holiday. In my 99% Jewish neighborhood, electric menorahs, not plug-in electric Santas, lit … [Read more...]

Thank you for praying!

Carlos will be receiving his green card within weeks!!! … [Read more...]

Across the divide

This week, Scot McKnight's must-read Jesus Creed blog linked to an excellent Books & Culture article about the lifestage now being dubbed "Emerging Adulthood". This piece offers a more academic spin on what I'm observing in my own kids, in the lives of the emerging adults with whom I interact at work, in the words of blogs and books penned by this demographic, and as I watch and listen to what's going on in our broader culture. It's a somewhat lengthy piece, but well worth your time.I am a … [Read more...]

Addendum to the post below

Blogger! Grrrr!I can't quite figure out why the formatting of the post below is whack-a-doodle. So sorry! … [Read more...]

A face to go with the news story

Here are the faces of some who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the challenges of navigating our country's immigration system. These faces are my family; people I cherish. Next week, after a 4+ year wait, our son-in-law heads into Mexico to begin what is hopefully the final leg of his journey towards a visa and green card. There are no guarantees with this process, and the wait there may stretch on for months. They don't want to be separated, so our daughter and precious grandson … [Read more...]

Give it away, give it away now

I've been working with home schooled writing students for well over a decade, first in the venue of support/enrichment groups, then in classes held in my living room, and finally via e-mail tutorials. One of my favorite assignments is an essay based on the question: "How would you give away a million dollars?" I have a couple of rules: students can't give this money to a family member - or their own local church; they need to choose at least 3 different destinations for their financial gift … [Read more...]