“Are you Hanukkah or Christmas?” said my four-year-old nephew to me many years ago at a family gathering. Our extended family is composed of Jews and Christians, so we have celebrated many religious holidays together, including Passover, Christmas, and Hanukkah. … read more (Monitor, audio available)
Category Archives: Family
Embrace the Wilderness
Desolation Wilderness. This region at the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains is a barren expanse of granite peaks near the edge of the tree line. It is a rugged and unyielding terrain, but also magnificent in its vast, endless beauty. It’s one of my favorite places to hike, … read more (Monitor, audio available) or here (Sentinel online)
Ever-present Fatherhood and the Lifting of Grief
Wenn Umarmen wehtut
German translation of “When It Hurts To Hug.” Original English article posted February 2, 2005.
„Und vergessen Sie nicht, die Kinder zur guten Nacht zu umarmen“, hatte die Schulleiterin an meinem ersten Arbeitstag zu mir gesagt. Das klang nach einer sehr guten Idee. Aber binnen ein bis zwei Tagen stellte ich fest, wie schwer es war, dies in die Praxis umzusetzen. … read more (Der Herold der Christlichen Wissenschaft)
When It Hurts To Hug
“Be sure to hug the children goodnight!” the headmistress told me on my first day of work. Sounded like a wonderful idea. But within a day or two I learned how hard it would be to put into practice. … read more (Sentinel online)
German translation posted February 29, 2012.