Family Reunions bring out the best in us. They truly do. They remind us not only of the people with whom we belong, but they remind us of the culture and heritage to which we belong. These are things quickly disappearing
Every year around this time, the sand behind my house turns a gentle but convincing shade of blue. It’s almost as blue as Lake Superior—almost as beautiful, too. We did not know, upon buying the property, tha
Here you are, less than two weeks from your first birthday.
Other one-year-olds have birthday parties; you will have a burial. Other one-year-olds receive gifts; you weren’t even afforded t
Do you remember that scene in Prince Caspian when Lucy tries to talk to the wild bear? He tries to attack her and she is confused. Why would a bear of Narnia want to kill Queen Lucy? The dwarf, whose name I can never rem
Yesterday evening, I learned that someone I care about enormously is hurting.
She is feeling sad and lonely and friendless, and so she does something with which I very much relate: She escapes into books, where t
Yesterday at work, I was listening to some old music and stumbled upon perhaps my least favorite song in the entire world. No offense to John Mayer, because this is honestly the only song of his I’ve ever heard and
Another vigil. How many is that now? I don’t even know.
The news out of Manchester last week was devastating. I am always late to write about tragic events like this one because I struggle with processing. I str
It’s no secret my heart has been heavy with the tragic suicides that have plagued my community as of late. They seem, somehow, to be an acute symptom of an incurable disease in our society. And in my struggle
Yesterday morning I heard the news from our local radio station: State Representative John Kivela had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol— again.
After his DUI in 2015, Kivela sought t