Memorial Day remembrance with photo

A few years ago, I was at a dinner party. A kid was there  - a kid to me - who was getting ready to leave for his first military tour in Afghanistan. He was ecstatic. He was a Marine, I think, and his job was to hover in a helicopter above the fray and [...]

Do it before the bad guys break in

I think about a lot of things when I run. Today I thought about the ring and necklace found sealed in a mug in the Auschwitz Museum that I mentioned yesterday. I'm a list junkie. I make lists just for the fun of crossing things off my lists. A few days ago, I was looking through [...]

The Power of Story

It's easy to think that the power of story is dead. We watch You Tube, read books on-line with hyperlinks to definitions and annotations, and don't spend nearly as much time just reading. I pray to the The Librarian every day that our local Barnes and Noble stays viable so I can at least stop [...]

Good Gawd – read this book!

Book Review, The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey Good gawd. What a glorious book. The story begins bleak and droning with bright cold punctuated by the briefest of flashes of pure joy. Mabel and Jack live lives of dark loss after Mabel births a stillborn child. They move from home in Pennsylvania to a homestead in [...]

Is picky eating a childhood disorder? Maybe. Probably not.

Picky eaters? I'm not worried. I have twin seven year-old girls. One girl eats - or will at least taste - most foods. She’s a pastanista, loves hot dogs, and happily munches on broccoli. The other girl is more picky. She has just recently expanded her repertoire of whole wheat waffles or pancakes with jam [...]