I was not brought up in a religious household. Both of my parents were raised in Presbyterian homes but Mom and Dad decided to not raise their kids (me and my older sister) n this way, opting to let us choose our paths when we were old enough to make that choice for ourselves. I’ve chosen to not take a religious path though I was curious in my 20s to attend Quaker and Unitarian Universalist meetings, both considered progressive and non Christo-centric.
In the back of my mind, I knew my curiosity about religion would get to me and I would pick up a bible or some interpretive text that help me understand the stories and teachings of the bible since in my experience as an American I have been nearly constantly surrounded by Christian references in culture.
A co-worker of mine, Mike Hannahan, recently launched a blog called “Living in the Era of Trump” which has become a great source of information for me about the world since Donald Trump became president.
(If you think the title is about The Godfather then you’d best change course and find something else to browse!)
Last weekend I joined my daughter, her girl scout troop, and 10 other troops from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut for a sleepover at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. There were approximately 100 girls and about 50 parents (4 of whom were dads).
Today is April Fool’s day. A day of pranks and jokes.
However this is real this morning.
About 20 years ago I was lucky enough to know someone who worked for British Airways. Through this friendship she extended to me an offer for a cheap ticket to fly from the US to Europe. It would cost me only $300 round trip to fly into Paris, stay for two months and fly out of Frankfurt, Germany.
In January of this year, I traveled to Karachi and Lahore as part of a work trip that was focused on fostering an entrepreneurial culture through academics and business sector connections.
Wait, what? Why Pakistan and why was I there for sake of entrepreneurs?
I wrote a column a few months back about being a parent and how that has made me be “between dogs”. I tucked that one away on my laptop and kind of forgot about it.
But, I dusted it off last month and submitted for publication. That column was published today in the Hampshire Gazette!
They are interested in publishing something from me again for the March “Families” section. I don’t have a column in the works but it usually only takes me a few moments to get inspired. So much to reflect on as a parent.
I hope you enjoy today’s column!