What Happens Now?

What Happens Now?

“What happens now?” was the question my children asked me last night as I was putting them to bed. “What can we do? What will we do?” We can hold our place while not denying others theirs. We can walk with the vulnerable so they know they are not alone. We can be a place…

It Is in the Doing

It Is in the Doing

Like many parents, Lelach and I wrestle with the question, “How will we pass on our core values to our kids?” This is particularly challenging because very little about the world we were raised in exists anymore. During the holidays we spend time as a family talking about why these values are important to us…

We No Longer Have the Luxury to Simply Remember

We No Longer Have the Luxury to Simply Remember

At this time of unimaginable and all too familiar sadness and horror, we no longer have the luxury of simply remembering the victims. We no longer have the privilege to send only thoughts to the loved ones. We no longer have the freedom to catch our breath and thank God that even more mothers, fathers,…

The Lamplighters

The Lamplighters

Our kids once asked my father if he had electric lights when he was a boy. He said ‘no,’ that when he was a boy there were still dinosaurs roaming the Minnesota farmlands by his home. When I was a boy, he had told me this as well – which is why I spent a…

The Calculus of the Vulnerable

The Calculus of the Vulnerable

Not long ago while working in the Polack Food Bank, I noticed an older woman who seemed to be weighing her food before she put it in her basket. Each can, each piece of fruit, every vegetable. Some things she would take and others she would set back in the box on the table. She…

The Graduation Speech I’d Give

The Graduation Speech I’d Give

When my son was in kindergarten, his teacher challenged a group of us parents saying, “You shouldn’t worry about what your kids will become. You should be concerned with who they will become.” I’d issue the same challenge to this year’s college graduates: Forget about your career and what you will become. Don’t worry that…

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