The Choicest Beaches

Some of the greatest memories of our family times as our children were growing up are connected to Lake Michigan.  Not unusual for a Michigan family born and bred.  But the several times we vacationed as a family that resonate in my memory were at places like Silver Lake, Little Sable Pointe, Ludington, Grand Haven, …

Can’t Stand Prosperity

Prosperity! The very word conjures up myriad definitions and concepts. Prosperity means different things to different people.   The word in general has a positive connotation, kind of akin to “human flourishing”.  Its most common meaning is “success, affluence, wealth, fortune” in connection with material prosperity. This is the way most in America, and in most …

God to the Rescue

I wish I could say that while all my children were growing up that I had always come to their rescue.  As I write this, I really can’t think of one moment that pops up in my memory that I actually “rescued” one of my kids from imminent danger. I was rarely (if ever) the …

Life on a Loop

One of the features of digital devices that play music and/or video is the ability to play a list “on a loop”.  That is to say, that whatever program or music list you are playing can be set to play over and over again without further attention. The device will play through the list, then …

How’s Your Hearing?

I can remember exactly when I became concerned about my hearing. It was when a constant ringing in my ears manifested itself.  It was the night me and my family got back from our second California vacation in 2003. In 2001 and again in 2003 (when Evan was a student at Master’s) the family drove …

Quid Pro Quo

It is a natural predilection for people to feel that it is only fair and just that good be returned in kind.  That is to say, we feel that it is only right when we do a kindness to someone, they will in turn do a kindness to us.  If we lend a neighbor a …