What do You Name?

Everyone names pets. Some people name body parts.  At our house, we name our vehicles. We didn’t always do that, but it is becoming a tradition. It all started with a 1994 BMW 3-Series.  Since he was assembled in Munich, we gave him a nice Germanic name, "Hans". When we sized-up to a 7-seater Mazda… Continue reading What do You Name?

Round and Round the Barn

I’d do almost anything to help save or strengthen a marriage. From my experience, most distressed husbands and wives who seek marital therapy confess communication challenges.  It’s pretty much ubiquitous.  All of us are broken, and our brokenness has no better stage upon which to play than in a marriage.  Naturally, men and women who… Continue reading Round and Round the Barn

Left Jab

After much consideration, I’m recommending people within my modest sphere of influence take a pass on the controversial "vaccines" that are being pushed by the political left.  Lots of ethical and health rationale listed below. Before I launch into my reasons, I wanted to pose a question:  Regardless of one’s political perspective, shouldn’t everyone be… Continue reading Left Jab

More Than Neckties

I was spoiled by my family yesterday.  The five of us (plus our Rough Collie) took a rigorous Father’s Day hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, followed by appetisers and beverages at a local brewery.  After late afternoon showers and naps, we prepared supper together and kept the day’s celebration going.   Heading… Continue reading More Than Neckties

Whiplash

Land stolen, now draped in thick darkness, In spite of new bright daylight hours; Patriot hearts stilled mourning the darkness, Hopes frustrated ... outlooks soured. Left staged a prolonged, stiff resistance Used name-calling, lies and deceit; Whatever it took, mob resistance Toppled good, by way of a cheat. Fake news and big tech are now… Continue reading Whiplash

On the Sign and In You

(An abridged version of a sermon I originally delivered at First Baptist Church in Marblehead, MA just before it changed its name.) “Grace and peace to you, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!”Apostle Paul I’ve been thinking about grace and peace.  Our church has decided to change it’s name. One of the… Continue reading On the Sign and In You

The Second Smartest Thing

The second smartest thing I’ve done in my life was to record my childrens’ words — those funny, profound or egocentric things that pop out of their mouths between the ages of two and eight years. Let's all have privacy together!"R, age 2.5 There’s something special about that fleeting six year period when kids have… Continue reading The Second Smartest Thing

Ballots and Beliefs

This post is addressed to my American readers of voting age who profess a faith in Jesus Christ.  If you don’t hold a biblical worldview, then what follows might not make a lot of sense. If you are a citizen of another country, then perhaps you can draw some parallels. I want to be faithful… Continue reading Ballots and Beliefs

Strike Three on Netflix

I just pulled the plug on Netflix.  Been dragging my feet for a long time, but finally got fed up enough to do it for my family's moral safety.  Of course, Netflix co-founder and CEO, Reed Hastings’ programming decisions made my job a whole lot easier. Terminating the popular streaming service didn’t take 13 reasons… Continue reading Strike Three on Netflix

Masking Madness

Re-blogging here to share an encouraging piece by Michelle Malkin. As an individual opposed to wearing a mask anywhere (for lack of any substantive immunological reason to do so), I was pleased to read there’s some progress happening at State levels, where good folks are standing up to Democrat governors and their unconstitutional (and clearly political)… Continue reading Masking Madness

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

My wife, Melissa, is a fabulous dancer.  In describing what I do on the dance floor, she probably wouldn't use that same adjective. But we have fun. I liken the emotional life of a married couple to a "dance" -- ideally with a husband leading his wife, moving in unison around the floor.  When it’s done… Continue reading You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Fear Not

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.Rabindranath Tagore Everywhere I go I’m astonished by the level of fear on people’s faces.  Even behind masks, you can see it in people’s eyes. Last week, as I was walking along a sidewalk in front of a grocery store,… Continue reading Fear Not

Back to Work, School and Life

Hugely important and relevant stuff here, especially if you find yourself paralysed by fear these days. I recently watched a fascinating video of two California emergency doctors, talking about their clinical experiences in dealing with a medical community consumed with COVID-19 these past two or three months. The speakers were Dr. Dan Erikson and Dr.… Continue reading Back to Work, School and Life

Keep on Home Schooling

With so many school-aged children at home these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m hoping many parents will consider continuing to home school their precious sons and daughters after the health risks of the virus have receded.  That’s my goal with this post. Melissa and I home schooled our children for seven years.  We… Continue reading Keep on Home Schooling

Stewing in Juice

(This is Part II of teaching children responsibility through consequences.  This post will make more sense if you first read Part I entitled, “Dogs Can’t Talk”) At the end of our last episode, we left our hero standing on his suburban front lawn, waiting for “the shoe to drop”. Actually, there was no hero —… Continue reading Stewing in Juice

Dogs Can’t Talk

(This is part one of a two-part article on responsibility and consequences, originally published in 2011) A man reaps what he sows.Galatians 6:7b When I was eleven, I accidentally set fire to my parent’s house. Mum and dad had left for work, and I had an hour to kill before school.  Normally that wasn’t a… Continue reading Dogs Can’t Talk

Coming Home

Most families treasure their traditions.  Some even pass them down from generation to generation. At our house, one of our traditions is designed to create tension and suspense in my wife, Melissa. Maybe even some anxiety. Whenever Melissa travels out of town, my son and daughters and I conspire to do something that Melissa would… Continue reading Coming Home

As Time Goes By

At one time, I thought I’d written the book on romance. I packed picnic baskets, composed poetry, cooked meals extracted from Food & Wine magazine, spent hours in greeting card shops, arranged flowers, lit fires, collected bronzes and vintage wines, preferred "chick-flicks" to “blow-‘em-ups", and I knew all the best city vantage points and restaurants.… Continue reading As Time Goes By

Cover to Cover

The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.Dr. Seuss My eldest daughter unintentionally inspired me to read a book-a-week this year.  Of course, she’s a well-practiced, voracious reader.  For me, it’s more of a stretch. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t read… Continue reading Cover to Cover

Bigger Than Pronouns

Call me crazy, but one of the ways I like to express my thankfulness to God is to write and speak gender-specifically. Not all “gender-inclusive” style books published within the past twenty years agree with my zeal for gender specificity, but that doesn’t dampen my resolve.  I prefer words that celebrate the layers of differences… Continue reading Bigger Than Pronouns