This Saturday, my daughter, Stephanie, will marry a wonderful young man named Tony. She will take his last name, become his wife and enjoin our families. Stefie may always be “Daddy’s Girl,” but this is a giant step beyond the force field of her family
Millions of fans cringed this past week as England’s Laura Bassett accidentally kicked the soccer ball into her own team’s goal, allowing Japan to win the semi-final World Cup match. As sports TV analysts recounted “reprehensible” player mishaps that have led to their team’s demise
With the passing of my mom, Roslyn, and closing of the Center I founded to honor my daughter, Jenna, almost 20 years ago, this past month has been a time of great loss and change. There has been much to process. Even though I’ve been
Most of us glide through life under the tacit assumption that everything’s going to be just fine. And we work hard to make it so. Inevitably, something (life) happens that changes everything. Our plans are derailed. Standing in the ashes of our plans, heartsick and
On the 19th “Angel-versary” of my daughter, Jenna’s, passing, I join her sister and mother in sending her all my love and feeling her close. I also send my love to the other family members and close friends who lost loved ones in that accident. On this day, my heart and prayers go out to
Each of us has moments in our life that demand every ounce of courage and strength we have, and then some. Not to mention our full attention. All of the superficial noise and static of the world fades away and we are touched at the
There are many things in our lives over which we have no control. We can try to protect ourselves all day long, but in the end we are still powerless to prevent the setbacks we all suffer as a part of life. So we must
Years ago, I was giving a speech at a conference in Iowa when a middle-aged farmer told me a story I have never forgotten. This man had raised his son to be a real man’s man. In his day it was all about being tough
I recently struggled with the idea that I could not absorb any more of my 92-year old mother’s love, which got me thinking about how, sometimes, we have to learn how to receive, especially at a time of year when we’re so focused on giving.
Bearing witness to the mayhem in Ferguson, Mo., last week left most Americans feeling heartsick. Today, as we assess the physical, social, economic and spiritual damage and share ideas for bringing about positive change in our communities, my heart goes out to Michael Brown’s parents.