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Thanksgiving thoughts: richly blessed

This weekend, I’m enjoying the luxury of being a guest in my husband’s childhood home.  It’s not often that I get to sleep in, enjoy great food and wine, and relax with my extended family.   Both G and I are so thankful that both sets of our parents are healthy, happy and fun to be [...]

The Twilight saga: New Moon–important questions for teens and tweens

Many of us have devoured the Twilight book series and waited with great anticipation for movie #2, New Moon, which opened this week.  What’s not to like?  Vampire fantasy, hot actors, forbidden love, and imminent danger combine for a fantasical spectacle sending screaming girls to theatres across the country.   It doesn’t even include real sex [...]

My favorite Thanksgiving advice

Could you use a gratitude adjustment?   I know I could, just about every day. 
This article from Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller always re-frames my thinking gives me a lift.  I’m printing my favorite snippets; please read the complete article here.
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Special Thanks This Thanksgiving
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Millions of parents will pause this Thanksgiving to do [...]

breaking down walls

The Berlin Wall was knocked down, chunk by chunk, twenty years ago today.  The event still blows me away. 
I lived in West Berlin in the spring of 1989, just months before the wall tumbled down.  As a college student, I relished the wild spirit of freedom within that weird western island in the middle of communist [...]

merging science and spirituality

On Sunday mornings I awake to the melodic, crystal clear voice of Krista Tippett from Speaking of Faith.  I’m a huge fan of Krista Tippett.  Not only do I enjoy how just saying her name tickles the tongue, but I love the diverse characters she brings on her show to discuss complex faith issues in our day-to-day world.   Krista [...]

culture immersion via dress-up

I couldn’t help but share some photos of our student ambassadors in Japan.
They had the amazing opportunity to don authentic Japanese costumes and march in the Hikone Shiro-matsuri (Castle Festival) Parade:

The boys are probably thinking, “Don’t mess with me.  I’m carrying a sword.”

And a beautiful blend of the two cultures, old and new:

off to Japan: the adventure begins

 

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
I sent my fourteen year old son around the world to Japan last weekend.  He’s traveling with a dozen eighth [...]