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by Annalise Jarman The other night I finished reading the book “Boundaries: When to Say Yes and How to Say No” by Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend. The book is about how to stand on your own, how to be separate and know what is...

by Tashica Jacobson The term, sexual revolution, can bring about many different positions, feelings, and arguments, but what can readily be agreed upon is that it has drastically changed society. With any dramatic change of norms it is easy for individuals to get swept away in...

by Diane Robertson The 10th under cover video detailing how Planned Parenthood has been illegally selling aborted baby parts came out on Tuesday. Barely any media picked it up. It was not a trending item on Facebook, twitter, or any other social media source because hardly...

By Jessica Westfall MacGyver was an 80s tv show that my parents introduced me to my Freshman year of high school. MacGyver was a jack-of-all trades, he could find a solution to any problem and was an all around helpful guy. I was impressed, and sometimes...

by Erin Weist In the last few week images such as these of Syrians fleeing their country have been circulating and dominating much media coverage.  People the world over are calling on their leaders to help and they are seeing a positive response.  I have an...

by Jessica Westfall The National Center on Sexual Exploitation held a briefing about Pornography in July. One of the speakers, Gail Dines, is a Professor of Sociology at Wheelock College in Boston and the Founder and Chair of Culture Reframed. She has studied the nature of pornography...

by Rebecca Mallory No matter who or how you worship, you’ve got to be a little surprised at Hollywood lately. Well… not the Hollywood we’re all normally used to, but that itty bitty part that produces wholesome and uplifting movies that just make you feel good,...

By Diane Robertson Last week was a difficult week with many foreboding, sad, and evil events taking place in the United States and around the world. On Wednesday I woke to a Facebook post written by Glenn Beck that detailed 10 things that happened the day...

by Ally Fife As another school year begins, the pressure to know exactly what our children are being taught, and how to counterbalance revisionist history takes me back to my own educational experiences. My American Government teacher had very strong and vocal opinions. He loved to...

By Victoria Black & Lauren Buchan It all began with a drive. Born almost 100 years ago, Alice and Dale Rockey grew up in the small town of Hemingford, Nebraska. They had never paid any attention to one another until the day they were both supposed...

By Diane Robertson It’s apparent that an education received at a liberal university is more a matter of indoctrination in social justice rather than an effort to help young people grow into learned adults. Sometimes this indoctrination seems so far from reality that I think the...

By Tamara Jones It will be fun! Marriages and wedding anniversaries are a time of celebration. They are fun and exciting! My 18th wedding anniversary was spent in a way that I had never envisioned as I participated in a Spartan race with my husband. This had...

by Erin Weist I subscribe to several newsletters in various forms of social media that cover the topics of popular and newly-published books around the world. I love good literature. It can be ennobling and uplifting and encouraging in its scope to improve oneself and thereby...

Alyssa Samuelson & Jessika Tweedy Technology is such a powerful tool. We’re able to communicate with someone clear across the globe, send texts instantly, provide a means for understanding what is happening worldwide, and learn new information with just a click of a button.  It has become...

by Rebecca Mallory When is it a good idea to lend adult children money? As young marrieds, we never had money. There was a time when we had three small kids and were working four jobs between us. We borrowed $5,000 from my husband's parents for a...

by Diane Robertson There’s this infamous company in Canada, Ashley Madison, which hosts a purportedly secret online dating service for people who are married or in a committed relationship. The company’s slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair.” Customers pay Ashley Madison to help them...

By Tashara Carnahan The Story Has Become Commonplace I couldn’t breathe. My world started to spin around me, frantically, closing me in at all sides. No, I thought, this can’t be happening. This can’t be real. My eyes burned from holding back the salty tears that threatened...

by Annalise Jarman Surprised as many of you might be, I actually think Target’s move to take gender labels out of their toy aisles is positive news. Of course gender is important. Of course the current push to live in denial about gender differences is harmful...

[caption id="attachment_10760" align="alignleft" width="150"] Little Girl Helping Father with His Tie ca. 2003[/caption] By Rachel Soderquist Jim had been married for five years. He and his wife had two little girls. They were happy. In the last year, their relationship had spun way off course. It started...

by Erin Weist I have four boys. Four wonderful, mischievous, wrestling, tumbling, occasionally smelly little boys. Someday they will be young men. Then they will go on to become men. I burst with pride at this thought, hoping with all my heart they become valiant, courageous,...

The addicting power of Facebook, togetherness not tech-etherness, and putting up safeguards for your marriage By Jackie Bowles Social media helps people stay connected with family and friends all over the world. It also helps in spreading the word of current events such as the Boston marathon,...

By Fae Emily Love A recent story about a popular department store removing gender specification labels from all their products has caused clamoring of so many people. While many people do not concern or fret that a person’s sexual identity is entirely reliant on the gender...

by Diane Robertson I remember quite distinctly the day in 2004 when my husband told me that Massachusetts legalized gay marriage. I said, “Why should I care? They should be able to live their lives however they want.” And I meant it. I had some friends...

by Erin Weist A few weeks ago, Caitlin from this blog posted a great article on putting our families first in our lives (see her article here: Five Great Ways to Make Family the Priority). It started me thinking about the ways we can expand that...

Want to raise the IQ of the children of your community and your nation?   Encourage fathers to live with their children and be actively engaged in their lives.  Several years ago, the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science released a study that joins with a multitude of...