Sudden Death

Community / Family / Ordinary Life

Sudden Death Looking back to November of last year with all the cantankerousness and incivility of mid-term elections, on the day we voted we…

Fifty Years of Ordinary

Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life

While we were away in October for our vacation, I expected to review the milestones of Fifty Years of Marriage. Isn’t that what people…

Somewhere Near the End

Faith / Family / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

Earlier this summer we had this rather rash idea of taking Denis’ mother to Cinco de Mayo in West St. Paul. We knew she’d…

A Wedding Homily

Faith / Family / Ordinary Life

These words were spoken at the marriage of Madison & Pamela on August 8, 2009 in Durham, NC. Earlier this week I was speaking…

Spring, please come

Community / Family / Ordinary Life

We live in a climate where the seasons are sharp. There is no mistaking them. Winter freezes everything including our senses; but they waken…

A Gentle Madness

Community / Family / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

“People have always collected things. Whether a vestige of our hunter-gatherer days, a need to forge order amid chaos, or a simple desire to…

The Solace of Asparagus

Creation / Family / Hospitality / Safe Place / Spirituality

[Note: “This article originally appeared on June 19, 2009 in Comment, a publication of CARDUS: www.cardus.ca.”] The first meal I prepared for the man…

The Sorrow and Hope of Homeschooling

Community / Family / Spirituality

I’ve been reading biographical sketches of Christian women who lived in the late Roman Empire. A theme the sketches have in common is rejection:…

Wooden Clocks and Tiny Silver Balls

Community / Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

When I grew up and moved away I rarely saw them. But in December of every year I especially remember my grandparents. Each December…

Surprised by Age

Creation / Family / Ordinary Life

When I was visiting my daughter, her son Mason, who was seven, quietly took her aside and said, “Mom, could I ask White-haired Grandma…