AnneWhen we were in Amsterdam, I did not want to tour Anne Frank’s house. You know the story. Anne Frank was a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl who kep…
Van GoghBefore we went to Amsterdam, I did my homework and came across a statement from a taxi driver who said that every tourist gets off the plane and…
AmsterdamIt could have been a little easier. But it could have been a lot harder. A few months ago, when plane fares were incredibly cheap, we bought two…
Oh those cheesy potatoes...I screwed up the cheesy hash browns. But that didn’t ruin the party. We had a big family dinner planned for Easter. Always big fun, I was really…
SunriseI sat watching the sun coming up over Olson Lake, or, as everyone who lives here calls it, the slough. The sky was a pastel riot. High overhead,…
RaccoonI’m feeling better about my life; thanks for asking. In my experience, there are two ways to pull of this feat. One, actually have your life sta…
WindowsI don’t want to write about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock after he mocked his wife, except to say neither one of them ended up looking that gre…
BurningSince I have 25 years of old columns lurking around…somewhere close to 1,500 essays of one kind or another, I thought every now and then I post …
Mid-morningNumber Two spent the weekend at our house and when she got up Sunday morning, she made a request for fresh caramel rolls. I had to go to town fo…
What's in a file cabinet...I have a folder in my file cabinet labeled, “I’m Dead!” I thought the exclamation point was a nice touch. My wife and I were headed somewhere a …
IceNumber Two asked, “Papa, can you check to see if the ice is okay?” I applaud any and all safety concerns from a teenager, but it’s been a cold w…
SatisfactionIn an article by Arthur Brooks, he wrote about walking by his teenage daughter’s bedroom and hearing laughter coming from within. He poked his h…