Then, and Now

Then, and Now

He was sitting there in the dayroom, looking small in a new wheelchair that allows him to lean back, draped in a shoulder throw that looked like a watermelon. Somebody must have thought it would be a good idea, but we quickly replaced it with his jacket. My father...
The Eleven O’Clock News

The Eleven O’Clock News

In the far southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, just a few miles from Joe Biden’s stomping grounds in Centreville, Delaware, is the town of Chadds Ford. Colonists settled there early, a lovely area of rolling hills, abundant water, and accessible fords across...
Cursed, Cursed, Cursed! Or Not?

Cursed, Cursed, Cursed! Or Not?

Archaeologists working at Mount Ebal, a part of ancient Israel that is near Nablus in what is now the occupied West Bank, are touting a new discovery that – if authenticated – could bring real excitement to the study of ancient paleography and perhaps even Israel’s...
The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Words can have amazing power, so long as we grant it to them. In a story familiar by now, a popular Catholic priest in Arizona had to resign when someone realized he had been using one wrong word when performing baptisms. Andres Arango had served three different...
Family Matters

Family Matters

On a lovely spring day in 1983, when my son Russ was attending elementary school in northern Durham, I joined him for a “field day.” That mainly amounted to organized games for the kids on the playground and other outside areas, a nice break from class, and a chance...