Month: May 2023

  • Lost Balloons

    Lost Balloons

    The fall our oldest son turned four, he enjoyed his first state fair. We walked the midway, road on a carousel, and shared a giant corn dog. The little guy’s eyes were wide with wonder! At some point, we came upon a man holding dozens of brightly colored helium balloons. Families were buying them up…

  • Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

    Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

    As an elementary music teacher, it’s a joy taking my students to sing at nursing homes. The picture above captures a boy (age 5) bonding with a woman (age 95). The two became fast friends, back in 2015, and were featured in our local newspaper under the headline, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” Praise be to…

  • Surfing Uncertainty

    Surfing Uncertainty

    When in a crisis, it’s a good idea to consult someone who has survived a few. Actor Alan Alda, 87–of T.V. show M*A*S*H fame–was asked in a 2020 interview how optimistic he was for his children and grandchildren’s future. Here’s what he told AARP magazine: With the world changing so rapidly, there’s no point in being optimistic…