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The Greatest, Weirdest, Gift–And a Dog’s Goodbye

Dear Anne, Almost four years ago, my mom gave me a great gift. She moved out of my childhood home in Virginia and into a retirement community near me in Pennsylvania, giving us more time with her and fewer worries about her health and safety. Along with that gift, came another one—Grandma’s standard poodle, Barney,… Continue reading The Greatest, Weirdest, Gift–And a Dog’s Goodbye

bapstism · confirmation · wine

Saving the Choice Wine: Lessons in the Napa Fires

Dear Susan, Back in the day, when I was warping young minds in religious ed, I invented the fire and water game. This was part of our sacrament unit. I would read out a statement about baptism (water) or confirmation (fire) and the kids would hold up a picture of flames or a water droplet,… Continue reading Saving the Choice Wine: Lessons in the Napa Fires

Family · humor · Travel

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Dear Anne, What’s better than a college football weekend in the South? This weekend we were in Clemson, where the football is great and the tailgating is even better. It’s been said that in the South college football is almost a religion, and you certainly can’t deny the fans’ passion. And when you think about… Continue reading Are You Ready For Some Football?