The Shamrock That Was Patient Zero

Or: Why my wife is just the best. Today, after church, I arrived at the area that my family convenes in prior to our exfiltration to the van. B, who is child 5 and has a personality the size of a continent, ran toward me excitedly brandishing a shamrock he had...

Orphan Reunion

This weekend is pretty exciting, but is also making me very anxious. Am I the same awkward goober that I was as a kid? Do I still make most of my decisions based on what others will think of me? I think I’ve come a long way. I feel comfortable in my skin, maybe...

Being Overlooked Sucks

Have you ever wondered why teenagers seem grumpy all the time? Why they seem to go from zero to furiously defensive in less time than it takes them to drink all the milk in your house? I don’t have a teenager yet, although I’m close; my oldest is almost...

What To Do When Bullied

We were talking at the dinner table about what to do when bullied. My wife, the one who pioneered homeschooling in my family, surprised me by disagreeing with my position that my kids not let themselves get pushed around. She said that such behavior might get them...

Jared Garrett

Author of the Beat Series