You can leave, but you have to take yourself with you.

When my first-born son was in fifth grade, he began having major issues with the idea of going to school every day. He made it through that school year which was not coincidentally a time of challenge for our family. His sixth grade year got off to a rocky start and continued along that trajectory for the duration of the school year, and he begged his father […]

In tonight’s debate, Mitt Romney said he “believes in God”. What does THAT mean?

A long time ago, before I had much personal exposure to Alcoholics Anonymous or the culture of recovery, I had a wonderful yoga teacher who had apparently done some 12-step work at some point in his own getting-sober project.  He didn’t talk about it much, but in retrospect I can see its influence all over […]

The girl and and the tree of protection and favors.

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a wooden castle on a quiet street which was named for the tree of protection and favors. There in the castle on that street, she and her prince made a home where they could raise their two children. Soon they brought a third baby to their castle, a big-cheeked, round-eyed, fuzzy-headed object of love, and he found his […]

Madonna tours Seattle and doesn’t disappoint us.

Watching Madonna’s Superbowl half-time spectacle earlier this year, I couldn’t help but feel like a voyeur.  I wasn’t watching so much for the entertainment as I was to check in on her aging process.  Even when I don’t care much about her music, Madonna is always fun to watch.  So when I was invited to go to the Madonna concert on October […]