The Better Beard at Christmas

(Wrote this for InterVarsity’s blog.) I’ve never donned a beard or red suit for Christmas. So far that’s my personal line. But something happens when you have kids. Categories of cool, kitsch, hip, tacky, etc., no longer matter much. It’s a short distance from...

A Poem for Shel Silverstein

Just read Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends with my five-year-old daughter. Somehow I’d never read his poems before, not as a kid or adult. What a delight. Look forward to reading more with my kids (though I did skip a poem now and then)....

Interviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Self

The Nervous Breakdown invited me to do one of their “self interviews.” I like their online magazine, but was dreading this a bit. Felt like it would take, well, effort. Because in regular interviews, you don’t have to take the creative initiative....