Pint-size Superman

September 30, 2014

If their eyes could have separated from their bodies and become part of the movie, they would have been done that in approximately 27 seconds flat. It was two summers ago and we were on a family trip to Colorado.  We let the littles watch a little morning TV while we finished getting ready for the day.  They were beyond thrilled.  Lunar eclipses happen more often than our letting the kids sit in front of the tube in the morning and so they were ready to accept any show we put on.  I honestly think they would not have complained if...

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Let’s Just Say …

September 29, 2014

Let's just say that one of our littles is having a problem with a grown-up.  Let's just say this grown-up is in a position of authority over this little cutie of mine and the two of them are having a hard time seeing the best in each other.  Let's just say the situation isn't going to change for a while.  Let's just say that I get it. And then let's all say together that this is real life.  Life is beautiful and hard and messy and simple and complicated and challenging and grand, all at the same time.  Some days the...

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The 4H Club, Part Two: A Feverish Pray-er

September 26, 2014

You may never have heard of him, but trust me when I tell you that Hezekiah was a stud. Let’s call him ‘H.’ (You’re welcome, Brian, for a nod to CSI: Miami’s Horatio Caine character. Next time you see him, tell him to go see a chiropractor.) H became king of Judah in 715B.C. when Judah was under Assyrian rule. For the 29 years of his reign, he struggled to regain his nation’s independence and purge its religion, the Hebrew religion, of pagan elements, many of which had put in place by H’s father, Ahaz, who was one of approximately a...

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Pick Up Lines

September 25, 2014

"Your eyes.  Zey are so blue.  I could sweeem in dem." I remember where I was dancing with friends in our early post-college years when a swarthy Mediterranean man with just enough chest hair showing to make his point that he believed himself to be quite the Adonis approached me to, uh, chat, and laid that line on me. What exactly did he think I was going to do ...

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Now, That’s an Idea.

September 23, 2014

Ideas are my friends and oh, do I have them.  Lots of them.  About many, many things.  This is a surprise to precisely no one who knows me; in fact Brian and my brothers would say the only thing I have more of than ideas are opinions, and while they would be right, I have an idea of how to handle them (Brian and my brothers, not my ideas) ...

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Second Date

September 22, 2014

"He what?!" The DJs sounded more than a little surprised as they talked to a young woman on air.  It was time once again for their segment called 'Second Date Update' during which they help figure out why a second date hasn't happened when one of the two folks who went on a date wants another date and the other just doesn't. The segments are absolutely fantastic; you can't make this stuff up.  The radio guys will find out from the one who wants the second date everything about the other person that makes that person so fabulous, and they'll find out about the...

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The 4H Club, Part One: Minor with a Major Twist

September 19, 2014

It's easy to lose sight of him and his message.  His book is only three chapters long, after all.  But like all good short story writers, he dives right into the heart of the matter, packing  much in a small space and leaving his readers to realize that his book might have been small but his message is big. You'll find his book somewhere east of Proverbs but west of Matthew, sandwiched in between the minor prophets Nahum and Zephaniah in the part of the Old Testament that might be called Male Names You Would Never Name Your Son (Except for...

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The Voice of the Martyrs

September 18, 2014

She keeps her Bible, which she has dismantled into sections, tucked under the floorboards under her bed. Her heart beating wildly, she looks around once, twice, three times to make sure no one else is there before she sneaks out the only comfort she's found in the midst of her poverty, her isolation, her fears.  A friend from one village over had given her the Bible two weeks before, saying only, "Read this book.  There is nothing like it anywhere.  You are loved.  But keep this to yourself." The One she met in that book is not like the gods her family...

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A Rash Thought

September 16, 2014

Some things go the way you plan for them to go, and some land you back in the pediatrician’s office for the fourth time in the past two months, which, when paired with the three ER visits in the same time, is a new World Record for the Robison. If we keep up this pace, we’ll end up with Pediatric Groupie badges. The littles stayed home from school yesterday while Brent recovered from his Sunday afternoon health scare and the others rested so that I could keep an eye on them.  This morning, Mariana and Blake seemed fine enough to go...

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