Thoughts after the holiday


Celebrations

Congratulations, everybody. We made it through another Mother’s Day. All you dads thought of something heart-warming and appropriate to give your wives, or survived the humiliation if you did not. All you church leaders and Sunday school teachers avoided the fraught topics, or not, but at least it’s behind you. You women who wonder if […]

May 15, 2017

What to buy our husbands


Celebrations

Confession: After I wrote about kids’ gifts, Claudia commented “Now what to buy our husbands…..?” Truly. So I made a flowchart to tackle that conundrum. Sorry I’m not more help. Click to view full size. To all of you, a merry Christmas Adam, which is what Kelly calls the day before Christmas Eve… And a Merry […]

December 23, 2016

Kids gifts under $15


Celebrations

Okay, I’m glad you weren’t holding your breath waiting for this post, because first I got sick (that is, I fell unexpectedly into a vat of back pain) and second, my suggestions involve pretty basic stuff… the kind of classic, useful, and slightly educational gifts I love for my children to receive. If you like […]

November 14, 2016

Christmas giving


Celebrations

“To: GOD! From: Kelly! Dear God, I’m exitet For you’r Birth-Day, at Chrismas!! Love, Kelly” I know it’s terribly uncouth to mention the word “Christmas” too early, but I waited as long as I could. Could we just call it “The busy season of merriment and festivities that fast approacheth” for short? It’s coming. It’s […]

November 7, 2016

The string cheese incident


Out and about, People

Once upon a time in the aisles of Aldi, I came up against a stranger at the cheese cooler. She was tall and trim, with lush curly hair. She flashed a megawatt smile at my daughter and flitted through her purchases, energy oozing out of her. We chatted a little. “String cheese, string cheese,” she […]

February 22, 2015

Two mites


Out and about

Confession: My least favorite part of church is taking up the offering. This has nothing to do with how we take it up (into innocent wicker-and-burgundy-felt baskets) or when (slipped between the announcements and the songs), or who or how much or why… No. It’s all about the drama. You see, we give our sons […]

August 18, 2013