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Ode to the Father

God chooses ordinary men for fatherhood to accomplish his extraordinary plan. G.K. Chesterton My dad introduced me to an audience at a recent speaking engagement. Looking at him beam as he spoke, and then at my smiling mom who attended to “see me in action,” affirmed the truism that, no matter how old our children […]

Peace Be With You, Now and Forever

The bumper sticker read, “Peace is a practice.” The driver likely pasted the sticker on their vehicle as a statement about war but Sally and I agreed that the statement fell far short of capturing the essence, and power, of peace as a concept. One can’t really “practice” peace; it is a result, an outcome […]

Beautiful Vocation: The Awesome Call of Motherhood

Each poke, each pull, each tear that dripped, I could only smile at him and breathe. Madison Choiniere, Sickness and Stitches One of the great gifts, and great challenges, of grandparenthood is watching your own children’s parenthood. The soaring moments of profundity are only equaled by the difficulties that sometimes seem like slow-moving train wrecks […]

Choosing How We Show Up for Life

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be! Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote Trying to […]

The Magic of Being Called By Name

Just because you didn’t put a name to something did not mean it wasn’t there. Jodi Picoult, Handle With Care Earlier this week, little 18 month old Blair pointed at me, smiled, and said “Pop.” It’s always a magic moment when your children or grandchildren first say your name. The recognition is powerful, reflecting both […]

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