Peace at Christmas   Recently updated !

First, yes, the video below is ultimately an advert by a UK grocery chain. That being said, it marks (and does so beautifully) a rare moment in history, an actual event of peace and humanity that intruded into the atrocities of the War to End All Wars. One hundred years ago, in the midst of that […]

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Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia & Facing death

We were assigned to read Bridge to Terabithia when I was in 4th or 5th grade. It was and is an incredibly powerful book. Now, what?, 35 years later I can still remember almost every detail of the book. Even though I could never bring myself to read it more than that one time. I remember […]


What to consider before choosing academia

I don’t really have an essay to write on the subject yet. I just wanted to use this Berger & Wyse comic. I could, of course, write something quite long on the subject, but for the moment I will simply say this: If you are considering a doctoral program and becoming a faculty member, do […]

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How should you treat a grieving family at Christmas? 3   Recently updated !

  UPDATE: Over on CT Kay has a longer form discussion of the pain of Christmas and her plea that people “Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards.” Again, I understand her suffering all too well and appreciate that many feel as she does. Her advice can be helpful and healing and an appropriate default position. But […]


Something a little different for your Christmas music listening

I enjoy Christmas music, from the sacred to the silly (give Rudy Red a listen), and I am always looking for something new each season. One of my all time favorite albums is “A Broken Christmas” from 1988. The name comes from the now defunct(?) CCM label “Broken Records” and features songs by some of […]

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New York City Reflections

This weekend we met some good friends in NYC for a little shopping, food, and hockey. We arrived at mid-day for some belated birthday shopping our daughter and while I and the other males (Mack’s best friend and his father) went to Toys R Us, little did we know we could have watched the entire […]


Choose to be thankful

There are lots of reasons for me to be sad, depressed, or even angry right now and at this time of the year. I am sure that is true for every one of us. American Thanksgiving Day is wonderful for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that it is a […]

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Selecting Dropbox as your app.

UPDATE: Using Dropbox for Word Editing on iPad (or, living without Quickoffice and using Pages) 7

UPDATE 2: Now (November 2014) Microsoft has not only made Office apps available for the iPad, but they have now made them free to use once you register for a free MS account.1 Just add your Dropbox (or OneDrive) account to the account and away you go! So it has taken several years, but here you […]


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I still miss Mack so very much. It has been almost two years and I try to imagine how big he would be, what he would be doing now, would he be struggling in school? or be sailing along like his sister at that age. Would he even still like soccer? We simply will never […]

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All Souls’ Day and Our Hope of the Resurrection

Today is All Souls’ Day, not celebrated by most Protestants, but as my wife noted this morning, when you have lost someone very close and dear you begin to view such things differently. I still do not believe in Purgatory and recognize that much of the traditions of All Souls or “The Commemoration of All the […]