Addiction, Facing Life's Losses, Grief, This Is Us

Kevin’s Downward Spiral

It saddens me to see Kevin misusing Vicodin. Yes, I am now in season 2. What a slippery slope prescription painkillers have become for so many people. But not everyone. Not even most people. In his groundbreaking article, “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think,” Johann Hari… Continue reading Kevin’s Downward Spiral

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Child Rearing, Parenting

How Prince Harry Got it Right

Last week the Daily Telegraph released a podcast of Prince Harry that was picked up by various news outlets in the U.S. including the Washington Post, in my home town. I read various versions of what Harry said online, but was then blown away by the actual recorded 30 minute interview which you can listen… Continue reading How Prince Harry Got it Right

Advice, Inspiration

Anxious? Upset? Angry? Relational Circuits and how to get them back on

I continue to be impressed with Karl Lehman's book, Outsmarting Yourself, Catching Your Past Invading the Present and What to Do About It.  Karl is the psychiatrist in Chicago who developed the Immanuel method which we use to connect with God and process pain. According to Karl, there is specific circuitry in the brain that is… Continue reading Anxious? Upset? Angry? Relational Circuits and how to get them back on

Family News

Believing Promises

This was written on October 7, 2009 When I think about my dad, it seems impossible to believe that years of resistance could melt away, but then I remember God's promises. The Bible is full of promises. I know that God is not willing that any should perish. And I know he has loved my… Continue reading Believing Promises

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A Way Where There Seems to be No Way

Strategic thinking is one of my strong suits: my mind often ticks through options automatically. But my father's situation: sick and in a Christian Science nursing home seemed like a brick wall at the end of the road. I was afraid that he would worsen and his fellow Christian Scientists would let him languish and… Continue reading A Way Where There Seems to be No Way

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Letters from Africa to my intercessors

July 26th, 2009 Dear Ones, I want to thank each and every one of you for being willing to cover us in  prayer.  We leave at 6:10 PM today on KLM flying first to Amsterdam and then, at 11 AM  tomorrow on to Entebbe, the airport in southern Uganda made famous by the rescue of… Continue reading Letters from Africa to my intercessors