Perspective, Promise and Presence

There are just two things I want to know when I start hiking a trail. Where does it go? And how hard will it be? For me, the trail is a metaphor for life. For the passage of time. For choices made and not made. I'm also fascinated by the fact that inverting just two…

Close Calls

Ordinarily, we want our children to obey authority, right? Well, there was one time when it almost didn't work out so well.... During a family trip to Washington DC one Spring Break many moons ago, we came to a stop on the Metro near the Smithsonian Museums, and our entire 8-person group started the processional of…

No Secret Passages

The world of secret passages conjures up for me visions of medieval castles, old Frankenstein movies, and trying to win Clue games against my wife (and losing...every...time...). By the way, I'm grateful to Mel Brooks for removing the scariness from Frankenstein movies, and providing an endless supply on one-liners in his classic 1970s movie Young…

People-Watching

Don't lie, you love to do this too. Sitting in a coffee shop on a Saturday morning writing this blog post, I'm taking in everything that's going on around me.  Couples are enjoying each other's company.  Young families are grabbing some breakfast before their youth sports game of choice (baseball and soccer seem to be…

Choices: Why, How and When

Holidays, especially the Hallmark variety, present some unique opportunities for choices. Presidents Day, for example, presents the simple choice of observing it or not. For holidays of the heart, like Valentine's Day, the choices become more complicated. For us husbands, the choice for Valentines Day is not whether you will celebrate (if you value your relationship, you…