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DIY Trifle

Have you ever bought a book and forgot all about it? That’s what happened to me with Mike Adamick’s Dad’s Book of Awesome recipes. I bought it, and it went into the abyss known as the bookshelf. But D and I put it to good use during his two week winter break after I found it. […]

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Ninja Shepherd

D was a shepherd. But he looked more like a ninja shepherd. His staff was a much-needed accessory to defend himself against his fellow choir members during a back stage costume change. To digress: “Come Messiah King.” The children’s enthusiasm, voices and bright, shining spirits were a joy to behold. They soldiered through singing in four services, […]

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A Random Thought

One of my high school students wrote an essay on how he thought people are too sensitive and too thin-skinned to every hurtful comment made by others. He argued his point very well, but I, politely, have to disagree with him. “Let’s be honest, the world is a racist, sexist, and just judgmental place,” he […]

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Wilderness Park

Sure, I would have preferred to be hiking in Yosemite, but I know what the Wife would say about that, so despite my thoughts of Yosemite, the nature preserve near our home was a good second option. D took a fondness to a couple of toddlers, and so we followed them around for awhile, and […]

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The Ultimate Ecosystem

Every now and then, D is in museum and he is just stopped. Cold. The fish aquarium at the California Science Center did it to him this time. We had just exited the new “The Science behind Pixar” exhibit, learning about the math and science involved in movie making, and his mom asked D what he wanted to […]

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Big Brother

I got to see what D would be like if he had a brother when we discovered a play area at the mall, and D found a younger buddy to jump off a log over and over again while I chatted with the boy’s mom. They were a perfect match. Two active boys who rarely stopped moving. […]

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Lumberjack

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Finding His Voice

I told D that I would be listening to hear him singing in his school’s annual Christmas program. It is a two-song affair that causes parents to arrive early and hastily scramble to get front-row seats. Last year, as second-graders, they sang the classics “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” and this year as third-graders, D […]

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Talking About Jonah

D and I have been reading through the book of Jonah during our quiet times on the weekends, and it’s amazing how much the story of Jonah relates to D’s life and to mine, too. One of the commentaries I read called Jonah the world’s worst missionary ever because of his disobedience to God and his hate […]

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Shooting Hoops

A basketball hoop was always in the driveway. Our family moved every three or four years in my childhood, and the hoop in the driveway always provided a sense of continuity. I found solace in dribbling and shooting hoops, and I could spend hours taking shot after shot. I was Picasso with a paintbrush. Basketball […]

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