“Hey Dad!”

What do you do for Father’s Day? Expectations for the day may be wrapped up in expectations of the parent—both fulfilled and unfulfilled. Was that man the father you wanted him to be? Last weekend one of our adult children asked if they and their children could come over this Sunday. I think it’s a … More “Hey Dad!”

The Thanksgiving Table

Recently some of my friends shared memories of family Thanksgivings from long ago. Weeks were spent preparing the formal table in the special dining room for all the guests: the silver was polished, the finest crystal buffed until it sparkled and the freshly washed china gleamed. Once everything looked perfect a sheet was draped over … More The Thanksgiving Table

Rather Not Go?

“Oh, the places you will go.” Dr. Seuss famously wrote. As an adult, I’ve decided to tweak Dr. Seuss’s story line just a bit: “Oh, the places you’d rather not go.” We all have places we’d rather not visit. Sometimes we don’t want to go because the locations don’t seem scenic to us, sometimes because … More Rather Not Go?

Travel Surprises

This post is the first in a new series. Our destination goals for our summer trip this year included: Lancaster County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; plus Washington D.C. Yes, our goals were ambitious for a ten-day vacation. A well-planned trip often makes for a more enjoyable trip, but it’s wise to allow room for surprises and … More Travel Surprises

Lean Into It

Nobody wants to lose, but are there lessons to be learned from losing? During this season of March Madness we’ve watched an abundance of college basketball at our house and on the road. The final score of each game may reveal a team’s strength for that day, but most interesting to me is how the … More Lean Into It

To My Valentine

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) My alarm beeped at 4:30 a.m. Rising stiffly, I carefully straightened my back. … More To My Valentine

Kilimanjaro, Part 3

Many things seem terrible to us at the time, but in retrospect we see the humor. Below is Part 3 of my friend, Dave’s trip to Tanzania. The remainder of his story regards his flight home. It offered him the opportunity to utilize his mountain climbing techniques in a rather unusual way. His original story … More Kilimanjaro, Part 3

A Christmas Scent

I love walking past some nearby woods. It makes me feel like I’m on the farm again. The other day as I walked my dog, a soft breeze blew the distinctive scent of a red cedar. Instantly through the eyes of memory I stood in my parent’s living room between the Christmas tree and the … More A Christmas Scent