Little friends “roar” in Lucy’s honor


“The past is never dead, it is not even past.” ~William Faulkner It’s January 13, and many of us are feeling the sense of possibility that comes with a new year. But, many of us are also feeling a bit blue. There’s not quite enough sun around the Midwest these days, and Vitamin D levels, like daily [Read More...]

Can Saying “Yes” Create Bullies?

Young girl looking upset

I say no a lot as a parent. My son asked if he could watch the Broncos game with friends on Sunday. “Not tonight, Bud.” A few moments later, my 8-year-old daughter, the breadaholic, asked if she could have a third dinner roll. “Nope.” Later, all three of our kids asked if they could stay up [Read More...]

“Daddy, What’s Real…Disney or Planet Earth?”


I’ve been watching Planet Earth with my family. Huge kudos to the BBC Natural History Unit – these videos are breathtaking. They’re also raw and vivid in their portrayal of the brutality of “real life… painfully raw and vivid, in my 7-year-old’s opinion. Tonight we watched the “Fresh Waters” episode, and Claire shrieked and buried [Read More...]

Does Your Family Want You Home?

Do They Want You

“The kids…and I, to be honest…like it when he’s gone.” Michelle was at the end of her rope. She’d come in for advice on how to deal with her husband, Mark. As we talked, it became obvious that Mark’s presence in the home—like oil leaking into a fresh water aquifer—created a toxic environment. Mark was [Read More...]