It’s hard not to notice the recent resurgence of superheroes–Superman, Batman, Spiderman, The Avengers…But why are they reappearing? Part of the reason is that people my age are having kids and want to relive their childhoods. A recent Economist article also cited “the decline of religion in a more secular world” as a reason for the popularity of modern “mythmaking.” In other words, superheroes and the … Continue reading

2,200 miles. 6 states. 1 cat and a grabber.

My wife said I should blog again. She’s probably right. Actually, she’s always right. At least that’s what I tell her to keep her off my back. Remember the pears? Anyway, here we go. I thought about blogging about being a PhD student but quickly realized that was too boring. In fact, yawn, I can barely stay awake for it myself. Then I thought I … Continue reading 2,200 miles. 6 states. 1 cat and a grabber.

Wild Horses, Part II

We drove almost 1,000 miles to get from Chicagoland to Newport News, Virginia. This took a long time. Naturally, it taxed the patience of our three small children, who in turn taxed our patience. Most normal people would be satisfied with reaching their destination. I, however, could not resist a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive 246 more miles to see wild horses. For those who question my … Continue reading Wild Horses, Part II

Our hunt for hidden treasure and a pearl of great price

We kept up the parable adventure with two more: the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl. (You can read about our initial parable adventures at We’re going on a parable hunt.) First, we read the parable of the hidden treasure. It is short and sweet: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it … Continue reading Our hunt for hidden treasure and a pearl of great price

We’re going on a parable hunt

It’s the time of the year when pastel-colored eggs, bunny rabbits and chocolate in various forms take over huge sections of Targets, Walmarts and pharmacies across the country. As clever marketers would like us to think, spring is in the air and it’s time to buy our kids candy and new clothes. A stuffed animal wouldn’t hurt either. Not to mention a basket, confetti, eggs, … Continue reading We’re going on a parable hunt

Chicago to Atlanta with kids

There is always something exhilarating about attempting something slightly crazy. Or maybe that’s just me. When I set off with my boys on our winter road trip between Chicago and Atlanta, the adrenaline was definitely pumping. During the next six days, I would spend more than 24 hours driving. In anticipation of this, I had an arsenal ready: two huge bags of snacks; 19 books from the … Continue reading Chicago to Atlanta with kids