Rome 2019

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN… When people ask about my trip to Rome, I am never sure what to tell them. The problem is not that I don’t have enough to say but rather that I don’t know how much I should say. Surely they do not want a gushing monologue about my trip. And how can I do …

Why We Should Read Sad Books

Whenever I try to convince my daughter to read a new book, the first question she suspiciously asks me is: “Is it sad?” If I say yes, she refuses to read it. Then we have the same argument we’ve had countless times. I remind her that all of her favorite books have made her cry. She tells me that she …

A Glimpse into TCS Reading Week

TCS spends a week each spring with an intense focus on reading. We want TCS to be full of students, parents, and educators who love to read. We believe this is the basis of a great education and a thoughtful life. We want to read well, be shaped by what we read, share what we have been shaped by, and …

Making Old Things New

Filmmaker Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings fame, has a “new” movie out called They Shall Not Grow Old. The movie is made out of footage from World War I, brought back to life after a century of storage in the Imperial War Museum’s archives. If you stay in your theater seat past the credits, you will see a …

Six-Year-Olds Can Make A Difference

Over the last several years, TCS parents have come together and started book clubs for the students in each grade level. There are several objectives in forming these book clubs. We want to foster reading for pleasure in our students. We want to promote thoughtful discussion among friends. We want to provide a social gathering that strengthens unity within the …

Michelangelo In A Cup

Foam rides a darkened sea becalms its bitter storm laps against porcelain coasts. This is the single extant stanza from a poem I am trying to write. Of course, I have been toying with the words. “Blankets” is the main alternate to “rides,” and “roasted” to “darkened.” Should I reveal the subject more bluntly by describing the foam as “milky”? …

The Joy of Every Longing Heart

Are you one of those crazy people who sets up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving? I am.  Perhaps it’s my love of Christmas songs that puts me in the mood early. Or the little girl in our household who asks me about it every seven minutes. Or maybe because Target got the jump on me and I feel like I …

Growing in God Through Daily Rituals

Have you ever taught someone how to ride a bike? If you were to create a “how-to” guide for bike-riding, what would it say? What instructions would you include? Most people know how to ride a bike, but where does that knowledge come from? My guess is that, despite all the paper instruction we could give, one learns how to …

Keep Moving Forward

It was dark, and the whole neighborhood was settling down nicely for the night. I lived just outside the town so it was quiet and dark. My sister and I were not tired, though. We were ready. At any minute my grandpa would be pulling up in his camper, and we would be off to New York. Of course at …

Hair Spray and Rolled-up Jeans

I remember select moments of my first day of middle school perfectly–particularly one. I hope none of you had the displeasure of shopping at Weiner’s as a child. It was a discount clothing clothing store in Houston. No junior high kid who cared an ounce for his reputation would be caught dead in there. I wore my hat low and …