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Shakespeare and Foster Care

When our daughters were freshman, they got their first introduction to Shakespeare through Romeo and Juliet.  Their English teacher requested we purchase a specific version that is part of a series called No Fear Shakespeare. All that means is that on the left-hand side is the original text. On the right is a translation into […]


Unaccompanied Minor Refugees: The Biblical “Orphan” Comes to Us in Many Forms

Understandings of the word “orphan” often differ. Common use points to a child whose parents have both died. A synonym sometimes used in the Bible – “the fatherless” – highlights the death or absence of a father. The current UN definition includes children who’ve lost one parent or both. The idea at the heart of […]


The Behavior You See and What Lies Beneath

When my wife and I bought our first house nearly 20 years ago we faced the dilemma that so many first-time homeowners face. The house we could afford needed a LOT of work.  Our first home was nearly 100-years-old when we bought it.  Every time I looked into hiring someone to do a project I […]


Clowns, Catalogues, Cassettes and Speaking Up for Kids in Foster Care

We recently showed our kids a video of the amazing performance of a 12-year-old ventriloquist (her name is Darci Lynne if you haven’t seen it).  This got our kids asking questions about ventriloquism and got me talking about about a ventriloquist puppet I got one year as a Christmas present.   I remember the annual tradition […]


Rock Stars and Foster Care Advocates

When I was in junior high at the height of the 80s glam rock era, a friend of mine and I decided that we wanted to start a rock band.  We came up with a name.  I worked on a logo.  We went to an army surplus store to begin scouting out cool clothes (and, […]