In August, right after the funeral, my dear friend Mina gave me a book written by Nicholas Wolterstorff, "Lament For a Son."  Wolterstorff, a professor of philosophical theology at Yale, wrote it to mourn the death of Eric Wolterstorff, his 25-year old son whom he...

Last Wednesday, I had an appointment to meet some people at Newsong, our church, in Santa Ana.  As I was driving there, I noticed the jacaranda trees lining the streets.  All the jacaranda trees in Santa Ana seemed to be in bloom, stretching their hazy,...

For the last few years, the beginning of May has marked our annual trip with Dragon's water polo team down south for the San Diego Cup.  Dragon was part of a wonderful team -- Northwood Water Polo.  It was more than a team, it felt...

Does your kid have a favorite food?  You know, that dish that he loves more than anyone else in the family does?  That dish you always know he'll devour?  Dragon loved a lot of different things, but there are a few dishes I haven’t been...

We are on track for Hannah to graduate 8th grade this coming June.  As I sat in the committee meeting this morning with the other parents who have volunteered to help organize the graduation ceremony, I thought to myself that Dragon’s 8th grade graduation was...

Once upon a time, when the kids were just toddlers, Daniel bought them each a kite.  We were in Maui, and a day presented itself as perfect weather for flying kites.  We set ourselves up on a wide expanse of beach.  Daniel unfurled a kite,...

Last summer, I signed Dragon up for an evening physics class.  Physics had been the bane of my existence in high school.  My teacher was a Chinese woman who had come here recently, incredibly smart but didn’t yet speak English very well.  I would have...