My Annual Dark Night Drive to Cincinnati

Every year I drive from Minnesota to Cincinnati to be with my brother and his family for Christmas. My schedule always seems to get complicated no matter how hard I try to get the complications out of it, so I usually wind up driving eleven hours overnight on Christmas Eve to get there for some part of...

‘O Christmas Tree’! But When?

My wife and I have had a running battle over the calendar.  It is a battle that actually pre-dates our marriage, more than 30 years ago and 31 Advents and Christmases ago. You would think that with all of the things couples have to fight about, the last thing of any consequence is a calendar, and, in fact,...

Pope Francis to Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday

Looking for an event to celebrate your love for children, Advent, Christmas and Pope Francis? Then watch for the “Bambinelli Sunday” celebration on December 15 in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis and the children of Rome! Amy Welborn, author of the new children’s book, Bambinelli...

Tradition and Celebration for the Holidays

It’s that time again, a time when family and tradition come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Advent season.  I look forward to it, because it is a celebration. And like any celebration it involves a lot of thought, work, and, for me, a sense of real joy. This year for Thanksgiving I did not cook...

A Tribute to Redheads

Have you ever noticed that redheads often have strong—and sometimes funny—personalities? I enjoyed watching Carol Burnett receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor on PBS last night. I needed a laugh, and the show delivered. Carol’s red hair and the tribute paid to her by Lucie Arnaz,...

Empty Nest

I’ve always thought that after raising four children that I’d look forward to the peace and quiet of having an “empty nest” some day. But I realize that with that empty nest comes the loss of company, conversations and companionship with my adult children.  Thus, empty nest equals...

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