Originally published April 21, 2019. A few days earlier the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris went up in flames. The outpouring of support from around the world was remarkable. Why so much fuss over an old building? Because it's a lot more than just an old building.
Originally published April 14, 2019. It's amazing, the way we go through our lives acting as if everyone else's choices are always black and white. But not for us, of course.
Originally published November 25, 2018. Once upon a time Christmas was primarily a religious observance. Now the Christmas retail juggernaut begins the day after Halloween. It's not easy to walk the line, but you can do it.
A family newly-arrived in America. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner. A reminder that change doesn't come as quickly as we might light, but it comes.
Originally published October 7, 2018. Another summer is in the scrapbooks--another season of long car trips with squabbles in the back seat. Right now it may not seem like it was a lot of fun. Give it a little time.
Originally published on April 29, 20189. Howling winds. Snow flurries. Ice on windshields. And just enough sunshine to get your hopes up. That's springtime in my neighborhood. Or, as I like to call it, Springtime, mostly.
Originally published November 30, 2017. Recently my wife and I celebrated 44 years of marriage. Friends inevitably ask, "How'd'ya do it?" The truthful single answer is that there's no truthful single answer. But here are a few good guesses.
Originally published on September 10. 2017. It may well be that a lot of our manufacturing jobs will come back, but what if there aren't enough people to fill them. It's happening today.
Originally published May 28, 2017. Sadly, they're everywhere--the men and women on street corners holding their signs, asking for help.
Originally published on April 30, 2017. How many languages do you speak? In modern America most people don't speak a second language, or want to. What does that say about us?