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June 25, 2019

The Play Stops: An Unexpected Story of Technology and Kids

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All five kindergarteners in the “Pebble Patch” – the part of our school playground with a pebble surface – were engrossed in building a scaffold with large wooden blocks. They collaborated, created, solved problems, and overcame differences as their...

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April 25, 2019

On Again, Off Again: My Relationship with the Bible

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My Bible eventually worked its way to the bottom of the pile of books on my dresser. It had to bear the weight of many a teenage novel. Add a few more years and it was contending with Nietzsche, Kant, Hegel, and Ayn Rand. Through a series of close...

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March 1, 2019

Why I Take My Kids to the Nursing Home

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I grew up when “parent” was a noun, not a verb. Dad didn’t parent. He was a parent. He did what he enjoyed and schlepped us along. This often meant visiting the elderly at nursing homes where we met a lot of people – a lot of very different people...

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January 17, 2019

Eldercare at the Bruderhof

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So how is it that Opa Elias is receiving round-the-clock, state-of-the-art care, the care that every old person deserves? I don’t know, but here’s a thought. Many decades ago, when he was young, energetic, and strong, he decided to heed the advice...

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