What I Learned Hiking With a Three Year-Old

I won’t keep you in suspense. It’s how many times this kid fell, and hard. He wants to lead the way and we let him. The trails are easy–we chose them with a three and a half year-old in mind–but there are brambles, rocks and roots. We call, Don’t run!, but this kid runs like…

My Sacred Car

They came this morning for my 2002 Toyota Avalon. Ran it up on a flat bed and took it to an auction yard. Some children’s charity will receive, I don’t know, three hundred dollars. I loved that car. It had a six-cylinder engine that jumped like a rocket. It had 237,851 miles: I knew this…

Know Thyself. Give Thyself.

“The reason for life is self mastery for the purpose of self giving.” -Jacques Maritain   Perhaps you’ve had the same experience. You see some self-help or self-improvement guru on TV or in some magazine telling people how to fix themselves and find happiness. But the longer you watch or read, the more you realize…

You are Acorn and Oak

Once upon a time, in a not-so-faraway land, there was a kingdom of acorns, nestled at the foot of a grand old oak tree. Since the citizens of this kingdom were modern, fully Westernized acorns, they went about their business with purposeful energy; and since many were midlife, baby-boomer acorns, they engaged in a lot…

Thai Boys, My Boys

On Tuesday, when the last four boys and their coach were rescued from that watery cave/grave in Thailand, I was alone in my car listening to the radio. As I heard how young boys who could not swim—much less cave-dive in inky blackness—were fitted with masks and led underwater through harrowing passages, I found myself…