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

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

If your house has a turret, my apologies

Maybe it’s an unhealthy pastime, but my husband and I love to take drives to look at big houses. There is just something about assuming a critical eye when surveying the domiciles of the rich. Me: “Oh, I would never have a gable like that…” Husband: “And what is this preoccupation with turrets, anyway?” Me: “Yes, if I had several million, I would never pick a house with … Continue reading If your house has a turret, my apologies