I am not a fighter. Early on, I resigned myself to being bullied rather than bully. I’ve kept totally clear of guns — quite content to shoot with just my camera. I don’t even like fishing. I consider it a great privilege to be able to live peaceably. I am
Perhaps my father was lucky. There is a place in the world that he called his own. It's a wonderful place that he could visit and remember and which never lost its essence throughout his own variegated life. That place is Terschelling
This summer, Wendy and I will have our fill. From Barcelona, through Amiens, to Zwolle, Brugge, Maastricht and Leipzig we will be approaching, entering and meditating on cathedrals that beckon with their grace and power to look back through the ages to see God, his Creation and the creativity of
It was a privilege for me to delve deeply into the lives of ‘Opa and Oma’ van der Laan in 2019, while editing and assembling the various writings and photos for the book "The van der Laan Venture" -- memoirs of my grandfather, but also of his wife and several
When our daughter, Laura, became a Christian Reformed pastor in 2017 I had no idea that we had generations of 'dominees' in our family, as far back as the Dutch Reformation. But recent work with My Heritage has uncovered five centuries of faithfulness and a fascinating story line connecting a
Digging around for attractions to recommend for the van der Laan reunion has brought countless YouTube videos into my path. Most of them are worthwhile, but some stand out because of the depth of their commentary or their eclectic subjects. These I set aside here, for our reference and enjoyment.