My Three Imaginary Friends

Our decision to attend a public school has led to some interesting conversations

Our current educational life is extremely complicated, a mix of public, private and home education for our remaining 12 children. I have three imaginary friends whom I converse with often that keeps our complicated decisions from overwhelming us.

Picture taken at our 2015 Birthday Bash, the first year we had a strong mix of home and public schooled friends.

Picture taken at our 2015 Birthday Bash, the first year we had a strong mix of home and public schooled friends.

Tournament Photos

Mile High Conquest photos by Chris Jeub

I was the tournament photographer for two tournaments so far this year. It’s so much fun capturing the moment. There were 129 pictures selected for the final slideshow for the Mile High Conquest in Denver last month, but these 24 were my favorite.

Policy debate round

My Good Life Is Pretty Dark

Trigger warning: This post may depress you.

Do you want “the good life”? I do, too, but I’ve clunked along. I have three particular doubts that tug at me: envy, untruth and hopelessness. If your “good life” plans are rough on the edges, I bet you have these doubts, too.

"The Thankful Cross" at a California debate tournament. Photo by Richard Wickham. http://www.rnrproductions.tv

“The Thankful Cross” at a California debate tournament. Photo by Richard Wickham.
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Did the Pope Actually Say That?

The Pope makes headlines when he does what any decent person would do

I’d hate to be the guy (or gal) who got chewed out by the Pope last week in Mexico. Talk about a straight-line to Purgatory! Just kidding. I’m more concerned with how the media packages up other people’s words, including even the Pontiff.

This is the Pope being yanked by the hand over a crippled man in a wheelchair.

This is the Pope being yanked by the hand over a crippled man in a wheelchair.

Booing Tom Brady

If we will learn anything, we need to stop the stoning

My heart sank when Tom Brady got boo’d at the Super Bowl Pregame Show. Something inside me wanted to justify the response. “Well, he cheated…he deserves this.” But I reject that motive. And we lose much of our soul by justifying it.

Everyone deserves the consequences of their actions. But do they deserve to be mocked?

We all deserve the consequences of our actions. But do we deserve to be mocked?

My kids shook it up for the Monument Academy Chess Club. For the record, they lost more games than they won, but they each came home with medals…and one trophy! (Wendy Jeub’s iPhone 6)

Let the Research Guide You

Debate teaches this most valuable skill: research. “Let the research guide you,” Vance Trefethen says in the new Blue BookConsider it “the Force” in debate. There is even a “light” and a “dark” side to it.

Research itself is neutral. But it can be used for good or evil.

Debaters become masters of research, but there is a “light” and “dark” side to the discipline.

Family Vagabonding

Do children get in the way of traveling?

I know single guys or childless couples adventure into “vagabonding.” Most sane people abandon the idea once kids enter the picture. Not me. And Wendy and I are returning to some of our more radical ideas of our younger years.

Our "vagabonding" trip to Mt. Rushmore in 2006.

Our “vagabonding” trip to Mt. Rushmore in 2006.