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Rite of passage parenting: Jesus!
Nov11

Rite of passage parenting: Jesus!

Today, I feel vindicated. I just read an article that the exclamation point was not put on a typewriter key until 1970. I graduated from high school in 1969. I think I have just figured out my problem. Mystery solved. In my formative years, how did I ever express my joys, my life, my dreams and hopes if I didn’t have the exclamation point? Maybe that’s why my generation became rebellious and turned to smoking pot and taking drugs. We...

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Rite of passage parenting: The alphabetical Bible
Nov04

Rite of passage parenting: The alphabetical Bible

I am thinking about designing a new study Bible. I see these popular Bibles in bookstores: men’s study Bibles, women’s study Bibles, second coming study Bibles and the list goes on. I want to put together the Alphabetical Bible, one with all the books in alphabetical order. I have seen people struggling when our pastor says, “Turn in your Bibles to the fourth chapter of the book of Jonah, verse 2.” I’ve watched people flipping from...

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Rite of passage parenting: Second chance parenting
Oct28

Rite of passage parenting: Second chance parenting

While spending an unexpected night at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my oldest son, I had a lot of time to think. I used this time to reflect on what I would do differently if I could start the parenting journey all over again. I know we can’t live in the past, but there isn’t much else to think about when you’re lying on the ground looking up at the stars. One of the realizations that came to me was that I should have changed my...

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Rite of passage parenting: H is for ‘Home’
Oct21

Rite of passage parenting: H is for ‘Home’

If you’ve lived long at all, you realize things don’t go always as expected. Last week, I had my 64th birthday. I wanted no other present than time with my family. Because my two grown sons have their own lives, it gets harder and harder to find that time. A while back, Jeremiah, my oldest son, asked me if I would like to hike the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. We’d spend my birthday weekend together—father, son and a few other guests....

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Rite of passage parenting: Failure to communicate
Oct14

Rite of passage parenting: Failure to communicate

It happened again: my family said I needed a new cell phone. Mine had a rotary dial (just kidding). But my phone was getting old and slow. In some ways, the phone and I led parallel lives. But yes, I needed to get a different one. One long and two short rings were no longer acceptable. For the past few years, I’ve used an iPhone and have gotten somewhat familiar with the way it works. One of my favorite features is named Siri. I can...

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Rite of passage parenting: A child’s curiosity
Oct08

Rite of passage parenting: A child’s curiosity

Curiosity is the hallway that leads to the doors of adventure and discovery. I haven’t lost much of the curiosity I had as a child. I consider myself one of the more fortunate ones. In some ways, curiosity is what drives me. “What’s on the other side of that hill?” “Where does this road go?” “What is that new construction going to be?” These and a thousand other questions bombard my mind every day. I will die with some of them...

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