Four-Score and 0 Years Ago (Birthday Wishes for Dad)

Korea. Ca. 1954 Celebrating my Father on His Eightieth Birthday   “Your mom did a good job raising you and your brother and sister,” my dad said to me one day as we sat, just the two of us, talking. My eyes widened. “Dad,” I said, “You did a good job, too!” “It was your mom. […]

Weekend Reflection: Like a River (Fathers)

McKenzie River, Seen From Eagle Rock Lodge. Vida, Oregon. June 2014. A Father Rolls Through A good father, a father like my father, runs clear through the landscape of his children’s lives.  Just beyond this unexpected bend, he’s a calming, deep pool: a safe place to reflect, to cleanse. From churning turbulence, he creates power. A good father, a […]

Weekend Reflection: Beloved

Rob and Daphne. September, 2012.  Bless the Lord, O my soul,And all that is within me, bless His holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget none of His benefits;3 Who pardons all your iniquities,Who heals all your diseases;4 Who redeems your life from the pit,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;5 Who satisfies […]

When Kids Fall Short

Little (Grand)Children, Little Problems: Daphne and Me. October, 2012. That Father’s-Eye ViewI was commiserating with friends the other day. These brave friends live with teenagers at home. These friends are weary, and spent, and concerned about what’s next. Because what’s already been is beyond the pale. They didn’t expect persistent disobedience. Anger they can handle; disinterest is […]


Story Time. Me, Sawyer, Cadence. An Abundance of GracesLast week brought crud, partings, and losses. The weekend began with news of the death of our brother-in-law’s sister. Our niece, Vaite, left us on Tuesday, winging away on a midnight flight from LAX to return to her home in Tahiti. Rich incubated a crummy summer cold to […]