Category Archives: Family

The aftermath of the plane crash in Bellevue

Last Monday afternoon, a small plane crashed less than a half-mile from my house in the Nashville suburb of Bellevue.  That’s my traditional news lede.  But I wasn’t a reporter on duty that day. I wasn’t waiting to rush out, … Continue reading

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A transition

“Goodbye, Vicksburg.” Those are the words my grandfather murmured yesterday morning as my father drove him away from the town that’s been his only home since 1946. With those words, he bid a quiet farewell my grandmother’s grave, to the … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

As a parent, I admit I’m prone to lecturing. It’s mostly benign lecturing, but it’s still lecturing. “It’s important not to talk in class when the teacher doesn’t want you to talk,” I lectured my son a few days ago, … Continue reading

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This has been quite a month…

I hope you have been having a marvelous holiday season. We celebrate Christmas at my house, but I am lucky to have friends and colleagues from many religious and cultural traditions. I wish you all the best! This has been … Continue reading

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Let there be lights

My father loves Christmas lights. Loves them. Has always loved them, as far as I know. As soon as the chairs have been pushed back from the Thanksgiving table, he starts rubbing his hands in anticipation of draping strings of … Continue reading

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The book I loved

When I was about eight years old, I fell in love with a children’s biography about a girl named Lotta Crabtree. Who? I know, I know. I can hear you asking that question, and I don’t blame you. Lotta Crabtree … Continue reading

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My sandwiches definitely don’t smile

I am so happy to announce that a column I wrote was posted on Babble’s website last week! Is that Sandwich Smiling at Me? is my manifesto about the value of simple lunches for children. Essentially, I was constantly getting … Continue reading

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