Category Archives: Prayer

To Olivia, on the Occasion of Her 13th Birthday

Dear Olivia, Dear, oh dear! Happy Birthday, my dear! That word — “dear” — is really much more than a formality with you. You are genuinely dear to me: beloved, precious, treasured, special… You are dearly loved, Olivia! You’re my … Continue reading

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The Hunt

The crowds were thinned by early evening rains, still it was a Thursday night in downtown Kent. Thousands of college students (with surprisingly sparse schedules on Friday)… Dozens of clubs, bars, and run-down rental properties hosting their own parties… An … Continue reading

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Tugged

My thoughts have been tugged back to last Thursday night for more a whole week now. The air was cool with the first hint of autumn. A group of young women stood in a semi-circle. They wore strappy, stylish clothing … Continue reading

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To Olivia, on the Occasion of Her 12th Birthday

Dear Olivia, You’ve probably noticed me organizing our family photographic archives recently. I mean, how could you not notice me, camped out at our family’s desktop computer, blocking you from access to the latest YouTube episode of Good Mythical Morning?!? … Continue reading

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To Elliot, on the Occasion of His 14th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Elliot! Fourteen years ago, you were just 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Only 18.5 inches long. Today, you’re buying your own running shoes that are about the same size you were back then (men’s size 10!). And you’re making … Continue reading

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Few Words

I’ve blogged for more than a decade. Two or three posts per week. The pace has slowed somewhat over the last couple of years. Over the last week, however, I’ve had many impulses to blog: about paper cups… about orphans… about terrorism… … Continue reading

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