Learning from our mistakes

Today our youngest turns 21. With all of our children now in the "adult" category (whatever that means), I can certainly look back at things I would have done differently. I might be tempted to say -- as some have said throughout history: Mistakes were made. While that's true, it's not true enough. I made…

What would Tolkien say about Twitter?

You can learn a lot about a person based on their letters. We don't write many these days -- preferring to post rather than use the post office -- but in earlier days, letter-writing was the only way to stay in touch. And thank goodness for that -- for letters give us thoughts, insights, and…

Thank you, Walter

We've lost a great writer. On August 5, Walter Wangerin Jr died, leaving behind an abiding legacy of writing and faith - and a slew of great books. His writing was vivid and gripping; words were a finely tuned instrument in his hands, and he played so many, so well. I've used his book on…