Traveling with 5 Kids to Africa was Crazy

At least once a each day while visiting Senegal, I could count on absolutely regretting having made the long trip with my five, young kids. Okay, maybe even twice a day – depending on the mood of my over-tired, jet-lagged 2 year-old daughter, Emersyn.  During her many, daily tantrums I’d long for the normal routine … [Read more…]

The Death of the Parent-Volunteer

I’ve watched the death of the parent-volunteer as each sport season passes. In fact, my own attentive-dad-volunteering vigor has begun to wither so early in this tee ball season. But, it’s not only me – and not only with baseball. Parents just aren’t volunteering anymore – and, because I’ve been suckered into picking up the … [Read more…]

The Warmth of American Girl Chicago

To say the temperature was 0 degrees was, at best, an understatement and, at worst, an injustice. The Chicago wind was howling, the holiday lights were rustling from the trees overhead.  The light, pretty snowflakes fell unnoticed as I hurried my kids toward American Girl’s flagship store on Michigan Avenue. We were freezing – and, … [Read more…]