Tag: Family

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time, I wonder. Speaking of wonder... Nearly thirty years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

First letter to a new grandson

Eight years later?  The self-rejoinder - coming soon to this space.  11/17/11 Dear Felix: First off, let me welcome you to this wild, wonderful world. Yeah, it has issues – always has and always will. Maybe as time goes by, you’ll be one of the ones fixing the problems. Still, it’s a great place to hang … Continue reading First letter to a new grandson

Santa Fidelis

Santa Fidelis

"'Twas a Wednesday before Christmas, and all through the mall tho no children were present, this day topped them all..." Some twenty-five years ago, I decided to pick up a few extra holiday dollars by taking a part-time job as a shopping mall Santa in suburban Minneapolis. As I was neither the natural size, age … Continue reading Santa Fidelis

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time...I do wonder. Speaking of wonder... Nearly thirty years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

Everything is on the table

Our kitchen table is an heirloom in training. Sitting alone at this table with open notebook, a pen, and a fresh cup of coffee in the early morning light of day I can, with an angular glance, see the extensive preparation and practice for remembrance that it has already put in. At a mere sixteen-years, … Continue reading Everything is on the table

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time...I do wonder. Speaking of wonder... Some twenty-five years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

Santa Fidelis

"'Twas a Wednesday before Christmas, and all through the mall tho no children were present, this day topped them all..." Some twenty years ago, I decided to pick up a few extra holiday dollars by taking a part-time job as a shopping mall Santa in suburban Minneapolis. As I was neither the natural size, age … Continue reading Santa Fidelis

Disguised as good ideas

Disguised as good ideas

It is Halloween season, and as always, I hope to be invited to a costume party.  So far, my mailbox remains Charlie-Brown-on-Valentine's-Day empty, but I am hopeful. Being a positive-thinking, proactive kind of guy, some costume ideas are definitely in order so I am not caught totally off guard - though the thought that, should … Continue reading Disguised as good ideas

Ya buy ’em books…

An elementary school I drive by daily is emblazoned with signs announcing their ongoing book fair, and I will admit to a bit of nostalgia.  An only child, books were my constant companions, and book fair time at Horace Mann Elementary in Minneapolis meant my usually-not-overly-indulgent parents were willing to drop a few bucks at … Continue reading Ya buy ’em books…

First letter to a new grandson

It's hard to believe it has been four years since I first penned the missive below.  But it has been. My grandson Felix turns four on Tuesday. In looking back over my initial thoughts at this wondrous event...well, not much has changed. Except everything has.  All for the good. Time flies, and flying with Felix? … Continue reading First letter to a new grandson