Is It Better to Be Tied to a Tree Than Squashed on the Freeway?

Originally posted on mom and dad move in:
Baby Walter — that’s what everyone called him since his dad was also named Walter and no one much liked the sound of “junior” — spent most of his single-digit years tethered to one heavy object or another. His older sister Tina was one of my closest friends. We grew up in the 1970s and 1980s at… Continue reading Is It Better to Be Tied to a Tree Than Squashed on the Freeway?

If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children. I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often. Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe. Maybe it’s because, as a┬ápastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of… Continue reading If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

The holiday in disguise

Christmas is a holiday in disguise. We tell ourselves it is a religious holiday, an important calendrical event marking a pivotal moment in human history. And yet, we spend so little time actually celebrating that event – the birthday of Jesus. And, of course, we know through lots of scholarly research that December 25 is almost certainly not the actual date of Jesus’ birth. Sure, … Continue reading The holiday in disguise

Street puppets performance in Andersonville, Chicago.

Delighted by the old, in a world of the new

On a leisurely summer walk in the charming Chicago village neighborhood of Andersonville (it reminds me and others of Silver Lake in Los Angeles), I noticed a crowd gathered at a street corner. Kids, adults, twenty-somethings on smartphones – they all stopped dead in their tracks, put down their digital gadgets and looked up. The culprit: a slim upright box connected to a bicycle, some … Continue reading Delighted by the old, in a world of the new

The old ballpark

Chicagoans are quick to tell you that they attend a Cubs game as much – if not more – for the experience of watching baseball at Wrigley Field, as for the actual team and game itself. The Cubs have not won a World Series in more than 100 years. They have not even played in a World Series┬ásince 1945. Ask Chicagoans, and they are likely … Continue reading The old ballpark

What Oklahomans can teach us

I was in Oklahoma all last week, covering the tornado disaster in the city of Moore. The devastation in Moore was unimaginable, and I cannot properly express the cruelty of Mother Nature that was on display there. I filed multiple stories while there, including this one on how complicated and long the rebuilding process will be for people who’ve lost everything. I also filed my … Continue reading What Oklahomans can teach us