I’m heading back to India soon. My own kids are going to be in Maine for the holidays and I am not. So if I’m not going to be with them, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission. Spending Christmas...

So there’s this fourteen-year-old boy living in Singapore. His name is Mathias. And one day, Mathias decides he wants to send some of his old books to the children living at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, the orphanage that has become my second home in India....

Donald Trump is Evil! My Facebook feed is full of this message today. From pastors and teachers and dear sweet friends, I hear the same refrain: Trump will destroy America. He will probably destroy the world. He is a dangerous, rude, racist, fear monger who is...

Dear J.K. Rowling First off: It’s an honor to write you this letter, imagining through some twist of Internet magic that you might actually see it. If that happens, let me just say: I’m a huge fan. Like the rest of the world, I loved your...

The tree began its life many years ago. No one knows for sure when. One hundred, maybe one hundred and fifty years back (it’s hard to tell with trees without cutting them open), a mango seed landed on the ground here at the Mission and started...

I like the word frivolous. As an adjective, it’s defined as “not having any serious purpose or value,” yet for some reason, things like that have always attracted me. I once wrote a screenplay about a superhero with the powers of a cow. I still make...

While I’m here at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, I greet the kids every morning and every afternoon on their way to and from school. It’s not saving the world, but I think it’s nice to be hugged at the beginning and end of every...

I’ve always loved superheroes. When I was a boy, I read all the comic books, loved to wear towel capes, even carried around my treasured Batman thermos when it was empty just to show it off. Batman, Superman, Ironman, Flash. I loved them all. But my...

I love traditions. Traditions are the unique signature of family life. They are the touchstones upon which the years unfold; the simple predictability that says: This is how we celebrate, this is how we love each other, this is our home. Whether boring or full of fun,...