Sand in the Gears

Children and pornography

Monday, February 24th, 2014 Posted in Curmudgeonry, The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Children and pornography

Some of you might appreciate my latest essay for Good Letters. Others of you may not like it at all. Maybe it's proof that I'm no less angry today than I was ten years ago, when some of you first ...

Snips and Snails and Puppy-Dog Tails

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 Posted in Curmudgeonry, The Art of Parenting | 5 Comments »

Cathy Young, whose writing I sometimes enjoy, suggests in her Reason Magazine essay that the wildly popular Dangerous Book for Boys is dangerous indeed, because it reinforces traditional sex roles. Why couldn't it have been titled "The Dangerous Book for ...

Shoot-Out at the Cap Gun Corral

Monday, June 11th, 2007 Posted in Snapshots of Life | 2 Comments »

This weekend I introduced my sons to the wonderful magic of the cap gun. I carefully threaded the pink rolls into two of their silver cowboy guns while they stood watching in awe, and then did my best impression of ...

The Least of These

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 Posted in Faith and Life | 6 Comments »

We've been adopted by a kitten. She's a scrawny black creature who darted out of the bushes a few days ago, mewling and shivering, afraid of all of us but desperately hungry. Now we have a dish for food and ...

Three Reasons

Thursday, March 1st, 2007 Posted in Snapshots of Life | Comments Off on Three Reasons

Caleb has borrowed my Essential Charlie Parker, and I don't think he's ever giving it back. He likes to listen to it as he falls asleep, and so I hear it drifting down to me from his bedroom, the cool ...