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The Dog Escapee and the The Kindness of Strangers

Friday night I took the kids to the grocery store to do what we normally do: get a few things for the weekend and get a DVD to watch. I always have Daria the Black Lab in the passenger’s seat. Simple and consistent routine. Friday it got complicated. As the kids were exiting the car, … Continue reading

The Spiritual Discipline of Raising Kids

Another of Simone Weil’s incisive thoughts is her notion of attention. She uses mathematics as an example of how we can train ourselves in spiritual discipline. Math requires a solution that is objective. I have to focus on solving a problem that sits outside of my feelings and perceptions. It’s more of a discipline to … Continue reading

In Popcorn: Love

As a kid one of the good memories I had with my father was popcorn. He would make it with loads of butter right on the stove top. I would eventually go through the microwave popcorn bag stage when that was the coolest thing around. I loved that stuff! And who can forget about the … Continue reading

Fear and Anger: What a Pair

Whenever I think of anger I have thought of Edvard Munch’s famous “The Scream.” Something happened along the way called “Home Alone” that basically ruined its mysterious and spectral quality for me. How? Here, let me ruin it for you too: Home Alone raked in a whopping $476,684,675 worldwide at the box office. The Scream … Continue reading

Beauty and Consequence

Last night my two boys (7 & 5) got into a fight over a matchbox-sized car while I stepped away from them for all of two minutes. It was at the end of the day and they were tired. Personal ownership of items is so wrapped up in identity at these ages that taking things … Continue reading