Circus different, joy the same

As a child, a trip to the circus was marked by smells and colours, sights and sounds. This past week, I took my kids to their second Cirque du Soleil show, Dralion, and I can’t help but reflect on the differences and similarities in the experiences. The most remarkable part of my first circus experience was entering the big top …

Abracadabra: cherish life’s moments of enchantment

The holidays always remind me of the importance and power of magic. Oh to be happily enchanted like a child over the holidays. As the Easter Bunny hopped through our house, it left not only a bunch of hidden chocolate eggs, but it left smiles on my children’s faces. Some of that glow and wonder spread to all the adults …

In our mourning and grief we both lose and gain

This past week I find myself mourning three people I didn’t know: one child, one columnist, one professor. Two are from our community, one is not. Regarding the child, I wrote once before about the loss of a child, a tragic burden to their family and our community, because with that child’s life goes all the hopes and dreams everyone …

Be open to finding wonder in the most unexpected places

I don’t think you are supposed to find wonder in a tunnel connecting two terminals in the Detroit airport, but I did. I was reminded of my sense of wonder, and how far I had wandered away from it. When my kids were going through their firsts, I reveled alongside them: the first snowflake to touch their face, the first …