Category: Family

A 4-year-old’s sudden interest in German monorail

August 1st, 2013, 8 Comments

Today, Oliver and Jacob heard about monorails. I showed them a wikipedia article about monorails, and it had a picture of a monorail in Germany. Oliver, age 4: I have been on that monorail! Me: Sorry, Oliver, but that monorail is in Germany. You have never been to Germany. Oliver: But I HAVE been to […]

Spring Always Comes

July 24th, 2013, 11 Comments

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” — Louis L’Amour Last year, I wrote about the difficult times in my life and hope for future, but never really explained why. I have written little since, because there is little I can write without a bit of […]

Two boys, shrimp, and stars

June 2nd, 2013, No Comments

I recently made a routine analysis of my kitchen. (Of course I make a routine analysis of my kitchen; don’t you?) In it, I discovered these items, still usable, but approaching that magic “throw it out” date: Baby carrots Potatoes Lemons Green beans Corn So, I thought, what can I make that would use all […]

It’s Warm Enough For Mud

March 14th, 2013, No Comments

Today the outdoor temperatures got to nearly 75F/24C. The boys had this idea to go play with their “streams”. Here’s one of the cleaner moments: I had set up an old pipe and a hose, with the water coming slowly out of the pipe onto a little mound of dirt. They can then use their […]

Catching the mudball

February 12th, 2013, 7 Comments

“Dad, can I bring my mudball inside?” – Jacob “Ooo, dad, I need a mudball too!” – Oliver You’d have to have been there to see how excited Jacob was about his mudball. We had been out hiking down by the creek a day after a rain, and he, well, made a mudball and carried […]

The Superbowl Pirate Bus

February 4th, 2013, No Comments

I’ll forgive you for not noticing the bus full of pirates at the Superbowl. Because, well, unless you saw my 6-year-old, you have a pretty good excuse for missing it. I’ll give you the Goerzen Superbowl play-by-play, just to make sure you’re caught up. It involved pirates, cops, tractors, cookies, a card game, and yes, […]

Today is Pretend St. Patrick’s Day!

January 21st, 2013, No Comments

Today in the USA is Martin Luther King, Jr., day. But sometimes these holidays get confusing for a 6-year-old. I asked Jacob the other day if he knew what holiday was coming up. He thought about it for a second, then declared it would be St. Patrick’s Day. He was excited because St. Patrick’s Day […]


December 21st, 2012, No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I walked in to a nice, sit-down restaurant, with a smile on my face. It’s the kind of restaurant with folded cloth napkins on the tables. “Table for three, please” – as Jacob and Oliver were with me. This much isn’t unusual. I have periodically taken them out to eat […]

The world is still a good place

December 15th, 2012, 3 Comments

At times like these, it is easy to think of the world as a cold, evil place. Perhaps in some ways, it is. I saw this quote from Fred Rogers floating around today: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for […]

Difficult Times & Hope

October 3rd, 2012, 23 Comments

This past month has been the most difficult in my life – and that of my family as well. I’m not going to go into it for the whole Internet, but any well wishes, happy thoughts, prayers, whatever you want to send our way, whether we know about it or not, would certainly be welcome. […]

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