Sandhill Crane Migration

Full Moon

Each March and April, half a million Sandhill cranes migrate through a stretch of Nebraska west of our house. Our family sat in a blind at the Rowe Sanctuary last night and watched several thousand of these cranes fly back to roost on the Platte River. Here are a few pictures and a video from the outing. … [Read more...]

Unable-To-Do-Anything Faith

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Have you ever been pinned down and unable to do anything? I had a friend, Doug, who could grow a Zac-Brown-type beard in 10th grade. He could also bench 250-lbs and throw other 10th-graders around like rag dolls. I’ll never forget the time when Doug twisted my arms and legs into a pretzel and sat on me while my other buddies (and I use that term loosely) ate my share of the pizza. I lost it all because I was pinned down and couldn’t do anything. At the end of Luke’s Gospel we find … [Read more...]

When Eggs Are More Than Just Eggs

first two eggs

If I want to write a Haiku about two chicken eggs, I will. It’s been a discouraging month; few things have worked as they should these past several weeks. I was nearing the end of my rope this afternoon when my 11-year old daughter burst into the house carrying an egg in each hand, rewards of nine months work building chicken houses, hanging roost boxes, providing food & water, and fighting off our two hunting dogs who still think that these chickens were their early Christmas presents. We … [Read more...]

Boys to Men: Hip Bar Mitzvah Video

Aidan and his Labrador

I’ve got a 9-year old son who is itching on the inside to become a man. He tries to talk in a deep voice, give advice to everyone, including our pets, and volunteer for all the “heavy lifting” chores around the house. As his dad, I’m trying to think of ways to help him make the transition into manhood in his own mind, as well as in the eyes of our community. I’ve found quite a few ideas so far, such as the Brazilian tribe Satere-Mawe’s tradition of a young man sticking his hand … [Read more...]

Men, Friendship, and Swimming Upstream

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Each man needs a solid brother or two, yet this type of friendship isn’t easy to cultivate today. When the television was invented and placed in every house on the block, men began to spend less time outside. Personal computers allow them to shop, bank, and pay bills online. Facebook, Twitter, and Smartphones have framed their interactions with friends, constraining their encounters to 140 characters or less. Sociologist Robert Putnam wrote a book called, The American Porch: An Informal … [Read more...]

5 Dumb Things I Did (Or Almost Did) In Past 10 Days

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1. Chased a mouse in my boot: On Monday night, I slipped on my Muck Boots to grab some wood for the fireplace. When I stepped into the garage, I heard a squeak. Another mouse, you’ve got to be kidding me, I thought. I went into hunt-mode, flipped on the light, and looked around. Nothing. I took a couple more steps toward the woodpile, and then heard another squeak. Forget the wood, I’m catching that thing! I got on my hands and knees and looked under the van, behind shelves, and around the … [Read more...]


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