God Gives the Goods, Youth Renewed

Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. -Psalm 103:5, NIV As I watch my 6-year old hop circles around me (because walking is “too boring”), I’m reminded of an idea I often hear — the desire to bottle a child’s energy and sell […]

Summer Sleep-Away Camps: A Tradition of Fun and Growth

Originally published in The Quarterly magazine, Summer 2013 5 AM. There was a biting chill in the air at the edge of a wood-planked pier on Catalina Island. But fighting against common sense, I dove into an even more frigid Pacific. Every nerve ending was jolted to attention as a rush of exhilaration forced my limbs to […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 8

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 8 family trips 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. Seven years ago, our family visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When I […]