Book Review: Girl Soldier

Some books are what I call “popcorn books”.  You sit down with a bag of freshly-popped Orville Reddenbacher’s and one of those books and before you know it, you’ve not only polished off an entire bag of popcorn, but also a few hundred pages of brain candy. Let me be very clear about this: Girl … [Read more…]

A Divine Sing-along

“Dear Jesus, thank you for mommy and daddy and thank you for everything… …and thank you for singing with us today.” The words caught me totally off-guard.  Thank you for singing with us today. Spoken innocently, but sincerely.  Heartfelt and genuine.  And with full conviction.  Jesus sang with us today. I had just finished a … [Read more…]

Book Review: Trains and Lovers

Never judge  a book by it’s cover. Or by its title. By all accounts, this is a cheesy book, with a cheesy title, written over cheesy cover art, containing with a cheesy plot line.  But the moment you read the first line, you realize this cheese is not at all what you expected: a gourmet … [Read more…]

A Tale of Two Fathers

This is a story of two fathers.  They were both from the same family, and in many ways were very much like each other.  They both loved God deeply, their wives completely, their children wholeheartedly.  They both worked tirelessly in their chosen vocations, lived lives of integrity and constancy of character, and gathered excellent reputations.  … [Read more…]

Book Review: The Racketeer

I’m not a detective, nor do I play one on tv.  But I do enjoy a good game of cat-and-mouse, as long as I’m a spectator and not playing the role of either cat or mouse.  Sometimes, I’ve been known to figure out the “whodunit?” before the big reveal. In The Racketeer, John Grisham returns … [Read more…]

A Maverick No More

When McGowen Elementary opened its doors on August 27, 2007, we were there. We were a part of many of the “firsts” and “inaugurals” as McGowen formed its identity: family dances, fall carnivals, Mavs Dads events, fundraisers, class parties.  We supported many of the initiatives and helped launch some of the programs that are now … [Read more…]

Watercolour Ponies, Once Again

It seems like only a few days ago I wrote this post about Crisana’s preschool graduation.  But according to my blog, that was May, 2008, meaning six years have passed. And once again, I’m watching those Watercolour Ponies.  Except now, they’re a little bigger, a little more well-defined, a little more recognizable. There are watercolour … [Read more…]