By Paul Koch – I listened to the radio on a recent Sunday afternoon as the reports came in of a shooting at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. A 19-year-old young man had killed 3 and wounded 13 others. Once again, it all seemed senseless and difficult to imagine. Not even one week later … Continue reading Wielding a Dangerous Weapon
By Tim Winterstein - Imagine having a six-year-old son, who has just been admitted into a prestigious elementary school, who seems happy and well-adjusted. Then imagine that you receive a phone call from the hospital where he was born, telling you that six years ago, there was some kind of mistake and your child isn't … Continue reading What We Know
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] Whenever films are based on true stories, there's always a little dramatic enhancement to the story. Sometimes it's to fill in missing details; sometimes it's in the form of actors and actresses (almost always) more attractive than the real people; sometimes it's simply to increase the action so people will … Continue reading Family Ties
By Cindy Koch - Looking over to my bookshelf, I see two tiny books that have been there since my children were babies: How to Raise a Lady and How to Raise a Gentleman. They are cute little books that give brief overviews of some of the most obvious manners that little people should learn—how … Continue reading We’re not raising men or women – just Hamsters
By Cindy Koch - Just yesterday I did something a little out of character for me. Unlike most of my crazy days, I ended up with an hour or two with not a thing on the schedule. So I had a moment to cozy up on the couch with a cup of coffee, to get … Continue reading Trust the children?
By Cindy Koch - Blue or pink? That was the critical dilemma a few months before our third daughter was born. Choosing a wall color for the baby’s nursery should have been an easy enough thing, but it was weighted with more pressure than I thought. Choosing a color for her brand-new tiny eyes to … Continue reading Creating Their World
By Cindy Koch - It’s not Christmas. The neighbors haven’t plastered their home with Easter lights, nor has the Easter tree been trimmed with ribbons and bows. The little children don’t bubble with excitement in quite the same way. The grownups don’t stay up late shopping and preparing for the long-anticipated Easter Eve. It’s not … Continue reading Ancient Easter Joy is for the Kids