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Finding answers while mowing the lawn

Finding answers while mowing the lawn

A well-worn statue, a national rallying cry, and my dad’s illegal prayer. Dear Friends: I just mowed my lawn. Which means I just silently prayed The Prayer of St. Francis. Let me explain. A few years ago, a neighbor retiring to Florida was debating what to do with his 75-pound statue of St. Francis of Assisi. The movers were charging him by […]

Waiter, Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.

Waiter, Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.

Use with care. Dear Friends (especially dads): There are several ways to use the following list of snappy comebacks. Try a different joke the next 20 times you have soup at home. Organize a comedy workshop assigning punchlines to your favorite silly third grader and 19 friends. Perhaps, do an analytical review of humor with […]

It’s all good.

It’s all good.

Time for a Little Big Picture Thinking. Dear Friends (especially Moms and Dads): Trusting God to take a cruddy experience and use it for good is a theme that arches over the entire Bible. Still, we refuse to see it. The best-known verse reflecting that idea is Romans 8:28, “God causes everything to work together for […]

Override the Invisible Forcefield

Override the Invisible Forcefield

Are you quarantined with your teenager and they’re barricaded in their bedroom? Ask yourself, Mom and Dad, “Why do I feel like I cannot enter my teenager’s bedroom?” That barrier is invisible, but you know it’s there. At the bedroom doorway of most teenagers is an invisible force field that prevents or radically hinders parents from entering. It […]

Friday: Where did the stars go?

Friday: Where did the stars go?

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the final lockdown lesson that also sneaks in some valuable life truths. Phew. That’s five “lessons with layers.” Hopefully, these five brain-engagers met a need this past week. And perhaps they will remain useful for many weeks to come, even after the lockdown is over. Rather than save these last five emails, the best option is […]

Thursday: Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

Thursday: Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the fourth of five lockdown lessons that also sneak in some valuable life truths. It’s Thursday. If you missed—or want to pass along—any of these “lessons with layers,” the best option is probably to go to the blogsite where they are all archived. (That’s actually where you are now.) Thursday March 26, 2020 Ask any kid — […]

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