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Yom Kippur 5770

Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement and a time for asking God for fogiveness. Here are some of my thoughts on Yom Kippur 5770 (Jewish Calendar).


Reflection number 2 in my “Days of Awe” preparation for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) on the Jewish calendar. As humans, I think we are always pulled between two extremes: excess, and asceticism. We tend to either gobble up all we can of something (food, TV, video games, reading, sleep, sex, etc.) or decry […]


Reflection number 1 in my “Days of Awe” preparation for the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) on the Jewish calendar. Looking at my life, I am good at coming up with ideas, but sometimes fall short of following through on them. I need accountability in my life in more areas. How to put this into […]

Happy 5770!

Sorry I didn’t post on New Year’s Day, but I was on the road, and without internet access. The start of a new year is always a time for reflection on life. Why am I thinking about this now? Because it is the start of a new year … in the Jewish calendar. As some […]

Red and Yellow, Black and White …

Those of you who grew up in “Christian” homes probably read the title and immediately started humming … or trying not to. I understand. This is not exactly my favorite song, but it seemed a good intro to this post. While this simple minded song may not be “deep” theologically, it does remind us of […]

The Hard Work of Forgiveness

Yesterday in our church we were challenged on the issue of forgiveness. This runs so against all that the world tells us. We only see forgiveness modeled when it is not really needed. We forgive those who those who didn’t mean any harm, and didn’t really inconvenience us too much. This makes us feel good […]

Reflecting on 11 Sept. 2001

I received an email today from a friend that I met grading AP Statistics exams the last couple of summers. He teaches at a private school in Washington, D.C. and shared his memories of 11 Sept. 2001, and asked others in our circle of AP friends to do likewise. I’ve decided to share that here, […]


A look at the motivating forces behind our adoption. Why were we even interested in adoption? Why did we do it now?

Where Are They From?

I react to the usual question we get when we tell people we have adopted, or when we told them we were going to.


A brief summary of some of the process of our adoption and initial reaction to completing the process.