Covid Lessons

In my 9 to 5, I work with mentors who connect with kids in the schools in our community. For nearly a year now, our program has to face something we never anticipated would happen: closed schools. When your program is focused on getting caring adults into schools to connect with kids - and the…

My 10 favorite books in 2020

One of the reasons I write is it gives me an opportunity to process what I'm thinking. And one of the best ways to get something to think about it is to read what others are thinking. With that in mind, I thought I would put down the 10 books I most enjoyed reading this…

Thoughts on Christmas “merriment”

The joke among my kids is that I'm a grinch, for I'm not much for the Christmas spirit. I'll admit it: they're mostly right - but not because of the meaning of Christmas, but due to what we've made of Christmas. I really struggle with how, as Kathleen Norris writes, "the world force-feeds us merriment…