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Tenacious Terminology

Tenacity. Tenacity is being certain of your pursuits, especially when others aren’t certain of their own and fall away. It’s holding on when things are difficult, and then staying that way for a long time. When emotions say you shouldn’t, but your gut says you should. When the crowd says Read more…

The Hopper Kids

We’ll Be Grandpas

[PHOTO COURTESY OF NINA HOPPER] Grandpas. Grandpas can do anything. Like fixing our training wheels. They have strong, wrinkle-laiden hands. They have great stories about the “olden days.” Their cologne rubs off on our clothes, and their smile rubs off on our soul. They’re stern when we break the rules, Read more…

LEADERSHIP

Legacy Watchers

All the boys came to snuggle in bed yesterday morning. Well, Levi didn’t have a choice as he’s got all the mobility of a large slug, and twice as much fluid excretion. But still, the important part is we were all together for this impromptu photo opp by Jennifer. Life Read more…

LEADERSHIP

Despite the Pain

Judah is 2.5-years old. And he loves swimming. Correction. He’s obsessed with jumping off the diving board. Still he puzzles me. After his life-preserver sends him rocketing back to the surface, he looks as though he’s drowning. He nearly rips his eyes out of their sockets, gasps for air, and Read more…

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Breaking the Rules

The idea of “attending camp” has many memorable associations for me. Maybe it does for you too. Namely because you get to do things at camp you don’t get to at home. Staying up late around a camp fire. Running when you should be walking. Wearing the same clothes for Read more…

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For My Lurkers

My kids love a good story. They hunker down in our bed and get all sorts of excited. They lurk in the covers. And every day hundreds of you stop by this site and lurk. Waiting for a good story or an interesting takeaway. You’ve made this a destination in Read more…

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Nostalgia

nos·tal·gia/nä?stalj?/ Noun: A sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. This photo, shot earlier this year in our red room, is stunning to me for two reasons. The first is the moment it captured. Judah’s back is turned, implying I snuck in Read more…