Another reason my kids are so healthy

Dirt is good for you!  No, really, it is.  So now I can stop feeling guilty about Lorelei and William’s dust covered exteriors and dirty puppy dog aroma that they get from being outside just about every waking hour. Share this:TweetShare on...

No expert here

I am not a parenting expert.  I am not a parenting expert.  I am not a parenting expert.  I want to make sure that I make that perfectly clear!  It can be dangerous to be thought of as a parenting expert, because then you are expected to have perfect children.  Then...
The Little Black Boy

The Little Black Boy

Most of my classes my first year at Georgetown were part of the Liberal Arts Seminar, an interdisciplinary course taught by renowned professors of English, Theology, Philosophy, and History.  Our English professor, Wordsworth scholar Paul F. Betz, introduced us to...

Talking to Kids about Race

Update: I wrote this five years ago.  I think many of us hoped racism would die simply die out along with elderly racists.  What happened in Charleston makes it clear that racism persists even in the young.  So those of us who are parents have a responsibility to try...

Through my window

I wrote a couple of days ago about how much I enjoy the ability to easily open the windows in our new house.  I also love what I see when I look out.  This is what I see when I am working at my desk: The windows in my office provide a feast for almost all the senses. ...

Crazy dreams and the wisdom of children

Last night before we fell asleep I was telling John about an upsetting dream I’d had that morning and of course Lorelei was right there listening.  I have a lot of anxiety dreams, and this one definitely fell into that category.  I’d invited two of my best...

Keeping Christmas all the year

Christmas was anything but peaceful this year, since we were in the process of moving.  I love to collect new decorations, but this was the only one I bought this year.  And when it was time (past time) to take them down, I decided to leave this one. Our house is...

Windows

My beautiful old Victorian house had the original double-hung windows.  But most of them were stuck, painted, or even epoxied shut!   Even when we managed to pry one open, most of the ropes that held the counter weights had broken long ago.  So we had to prop them up...
Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Most mornings, after I get up at 6:30 and wake the boys, prod Jake to get ready, make breakfast for John, and close the door behind the three of them, I go back to bed for an early morning nap.  I try not to feel guilty about this, because I work hard all day long,...
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