family life

If you want to see your phone again…

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn't even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.” Erma Bombeck, American humorist "I love you all," I said to my mom and the daughters, reaching my hands out toward them over… Continue reading If you want to see your phone again…

family life

The Ferris of them all

"Bueller. Bueller. Bueller..." from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the movie An odd reflection of our harried times and the generation gap, here is a slightly fictionalized snippet of conversation from our dinner table the other night. Me to heavily-scheduled teen daughter: "You seem really worn out. Why don't you just take a day off school?… Continue reading The Ferris of them all

family life

3 holiday fails

"I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage." Erma Bombeck, American humorist There's a Norman Rockwell holiday -- where even grandpa's wrinkles are picturesque -- and there's the rest of us. We've probably all had some blissed-out moments here and there, but, more often than not, there's something, well, amiss. We don't… Continue reading 3 holiday fails

family life, spiritual life

The ever-changing table

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck, American humorist The era that set all that Thanksgiving should be in my mind was actually rather brief. It began the year my immediate family returned to our Chicago-area home base and… Continue reading The ever-changing table