Open to Hope: Lent as a Verb, Not a Noun

Elizabeth has recently posted a new piece on Open to Hope, “Lent as a Verb, Not a Noun.” The standard preparation for Lent asks us to step away from our busy lives and consider our mortality: for you were made from dust, and to dust you will return. Until Mack died, Lent was a kind of […]

Mack, just over 2 years old, with Momma at Mardi Gras in NOLA.

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Survive – Living Beyond Adversity

This is the lecture I gave for the 20th Annual Mark Luchinsky Lecture in the Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University. The video is below, but here are my scripted remarks, I departed occasionally from them, but the core concepts are here. From the opening remarks: Tonight we recognize the anniversary of Mark Allan Luchinsky’s passing on […]


Mack Goalie Gloves coming soon!

We are so excited to announce that GK Icon USA will soon be making and selling the “Mack” glove on their site! You may remember that Mike Amman came to this year’s annual Mack Brady Clinic and along with Penn State’s own Michael Behonick put on a great goalkeeping clinic for our young players. He is […]

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Continuing to Care, Continuing to Give

Today is the Third Annual Mack Brady Soccer Clinic sponsored by Penn State Men’s and Women’s Soccer. That means that we have passed the second anniversary of Mack’s passing and his 11th birthday. We have been so very grateful for the incredible love and support that we have received. Most of all, we are grateful […]


Happy Birthday Mack, Love Mom

Happy 11th Birthday to sweet Mack today. This is one of my favorite photos from my phone that I snapped in July 2012. I was actually trying to take a photo of the cool orange couch and Mack slid across the couch and gave me two thumbs up, “Missin’ somethin’ in your picture? Like, me!?” […]

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“A Pale Blue Christmas” 2

I was so struck by this reflection on Christmas by Brent Strawn of Emory University entitled “A Pale Blue Christmas” I had to share it. He is challenging the trend in some churches of adding a new service into the regular Christmas fare to invite all who mourn. But, Strawn points out that he has […]

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We light a candle for Mack. Third from left.

Worldwide Candle Lighting – December 14th, 7 pm 1

“So that their lights may always shine” The national bereavement support group “Compassionate Friends” unites friends and family around the globe each year in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. We would like to invite all of you in the […]