Who Are You Talking To?

Baby Carly, Rachael, Kevin. Christmas, 2008. Not talking, actually. Parenting. Who are you parenting to? Or who are you grandparenting to? This question differs from who are you parenting?  or who are you grandparenting? I’m thinking audience. Specifically, I am wondering if our acts of parenthood or grandparenthood serve as a report card to our own parents.  Maybe at […]

Grandparenting: Two Speeds

Daphne and Me, Wearing Our Costumes. April, 2015. Rich and I cared for my daughter’s two youngest ones this past weekend. Might I say, without putting too fine a point on it, that menopause was one of God’s very best design features? My respect for parents, and their keeping up with their loveable tilt-a-whirl preschoolers, is rejuvenated. And you grandparents […]

Weekend Reflection: New

Two Grandfathers and a Grandson: Papa Rich, BeePaw, Cadence. Christmas Day, 2009. [Friends, next year I’m doing something new. I’ll be exploring families in this space–with a special focus on intergenerational stuff. But it’s not next year yet. . . ] 12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on […]

Weekend Reflection: Thankful

Nephew meets grandchild. November, 2012.  14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:14-15 (NASB) It’s the weekend. Around here we remove our shoes and […]

Drive-By Conviction

Fire Trucks at Cook’s Corner. October, 2007. In Good Faith“Always assume good faith,” my friend Bruce counseled. My graduate-school colleague seldom offered advice, so when he did, I listened. I had naively stepped in a seething campus controversy. Now that I was stranded in quicksand, I kept glimpsing hostile motives sliding around corners just beyond […]