Thoughts from a Distance

Week number three of the new reality the Coronavirus pandemic has brought is just getting rolling in my part of the world. As we watch cities like NYC and New Orleans deal with massive outbreaks, the depth of the crisis is beginning to dawn on the rest of us. Social distancing isn't just a funny …

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The Craftsman

My grandfather, Taft Rakes, was a woodworker. No, that's doesn't come close to doing him justice. He was a craftsman. He could take beautiful, raw pieces of cherry and pine and oak and create pure art. My mom's house is dotted with the work of his hands: an incredible dining room table, 8 ladderback rush-seated …

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Parenting: The Stuff Nobody Warned You About

I think every parent has had one of those moments when you stop and go, "Why didn't somebody warn me about this?"  I know I have them.  Sometimes they're the "how can that much of that come out of one kid?!" moments.  Other times, they're the "I didn't realize that would fit there" moments.  But that's …

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