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There is More Than Just Food at a Family Dinner

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“Growing up, I learned life’s important lessons at the dinner table.”—Chef John Besh Since I live in a university town and students sometimes miss the homecooked meals they left behind, our faculty members often invite students to join our family meals. A colleague of mine invited a student to join him and his wife for dinner one Thursday night. The prayer was said, the meatloaf was served, and ten minutes had elapsed into their meal. And the young college sophomore began to weep. “What’s wrong?” asked my friend. “You don’t like meatloaf?” Through her tears she answered, “This is wonderful! My family didn’t do this. I have never had a meal like this. We went to restaurants, but we never ate a meal together at home. It was hard to even see the table. My mom used it as...

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The Ministry of Motherhood

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have always been a big fan of a classic television show from the seventies. There was a great deal of vice to overlook, but the poignancy and comedy of M*A*S*H resonated with me. Although the backdrop for the show was the Korean War, it often dealt with topics with which we can resonate. A particular scene stands out around Mother’s Day. One character, Frank, is not well liked and he is at a very low time in his life. His misery has placed him on the edge of doing violence to himself and those around him.  Radar, the company clerk, enters the scene and tells Frank he is wanted on the phone. From Korea, Radar has called the United States and reached Frank’s mother. Frank spills his emotions to his listening mother and is comforted. Someone said, “Nice...

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Kite Strings

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have owned many kites over the years of my childhood. Some were never used. I looked forward to using them. I just never got around to it so they, literally, never got off the ground. Others were often used. They were frequently flown. They crashed sometimes and were damaged, but I repaired them so they could soar again. Many of those were used so much they eventually fell apart. As a result, I know the art of how to fly a kite. Flying a kite is an ultimate act of balance. It is the tension between gravity and lift. The weight of the kite causes it to want to stay right where it is, without moving. But it is designed to fly, so it needs help getting up there. Lift is the upward motion that lifts (hence the...

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Encouraging the Gift of Music

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy: But most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”  Plato I wish I had been more “instrumental” in the lives of my children. I realized too late the lost opportunity to encourage my children to learn a musical instrument in their younger days, My parents mandated it of me. I earned up to a grade five level in piano, and in elementary school, I learned some simple tunes on a recorder. I confess, I fought it all the way and when I became a teen they allowed me to stop. Thrilled to be released from it, I did not cultivate it and I seem to have lost it all. I’ve heard folks say, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” I...

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Brotherhood of Fatherhood

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Before I was a father, I still had opportunities to be a father figure. I often think of one instance in particular. It was a time when I was part of what I call the “Brotherhood of Fatherhood.” For many years I directed a major Easter production in Louisiana. This was prior to God blessing me with children. One of the special effects we used was dry ice. You’ve likely seen the effect, as a low-lying layer of pure white smoke wafts across the stage. Handling dry ice can be a bit tricky – and dangerous. The chemical reaction that makes the effect work is the rapid thaw of the substance in a pressurized container. This is what forces the fog across the stage. In addition to mandatory training, there is a high trust level placed on the individual...

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A Holy Habit

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I’m not a big fan of winter—I don’t recall a time when I ever was. I was told, “If you get involved in a winter sport, then you will love it.” I donned skies, skates, and snowshoes (but not all at once) and headed out into the chill. I’ve lived in towns that gave me access to winter wonders like major ski slopes and the longest skating rink in the world. But, nope, that didn’t work; I still don’t like winter. But in the middle of this season that I loathe, is a season that I love. Smack dab in the middle of all that coldness and short dark days is Christmas. The season of light came just when I needed it! I loved the lights, the tree, the special baked goods Mom only made in December, the music,...

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