On Gremlins and gremlins!

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So…my son, Caleb, is in his second year at Calvin. We have an older model Toyota Highlander that we were going to send with him to college this year. In early August (around the 10th) I dropped it off at the mechanic for a quick brake fix. Today, September 10th, I picked it up – hopefully for the last time … Read More

Is it a Conversation or Conversations?

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Yesterday, I asked my son if we could have a conversation about finances (o.k. it was asked as a rhetorical question as in – Can we have a conversation? Of course, we’re going to have a conversation). It wasn’t a strategic conversation – like, should we really spend our money on this or that. It was more of a tactical … Read More

Coming Home

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This past weekend, four of our six children were home. A family friend’s wedding drew Luke and Laurel home from Costa Rica; the end of the college year brought Caleb home; and Cheri chose to visit, All of this meant a great weekend for us, as parents. As part of this weekend, it seemed that “coming home” or being “at … Read More

His Calm Place

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A few years ago, my friend, Bill, was diagnosed with high blood pressure that was causing mini-strokes in his system. Today, he frequents a community coffee shop in his neighborhood almost every day. He sits in the same spot – a place with a straight back that overlooks the entrance, the counter and the largest area of the shop. As … Read More