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Elise Ellsworth Years ago in a class on family relationships someone asked the students what they liked about their childhood family.  There were many varied responses but we all paused for a moment when one respondent offered a unique response - “forgiveness.”  Most families have their...

Rebecca Mallory What's the big deal with using four-letter words, swearing, etc? And who the heck (is that bad??) gets to decide what swearing is anyway? At age 7, I remember doing dishes with my older sister, Jean, who coaxed me into yelling "fanny!" at the top of my lungs...

Janaya Johnson The well-known phrase IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on a two-cent coin in 1864. Three years before that time, Reverend M. R. Watkinson wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, requesting that God be acknowledged, in some way,...

Diane Robertson In 1972 federal law makers came up with a law known as Title IX that prohibits discrimination in education based on sex (gender). The idea behind the law was that any educational program receiving federal funding had to apply the programs to both boys...

Maddi Gillel There are two stories I would like to tell you about: one is about my 7 year old grandson, and the other is about me when I was in the 3rd grade. My grandson, James, likes to walk off moping and saying “Everybody hates me.” ...

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Jessica Sabin Gloria Steinem, one of the leaders in the modern feminist movement, once said. “We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.” So today we must ask ourselves, “What will the women who come after...

Diane Robertson Monday morning the Supreme Court finally came out with a ruling on the case of Town of Greece v Galloway. This case had the potential to end all forms of public prayer throughout the nation. In a 5 to 4 ruling with the justices...

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Kristi Kane A year ago last April, our community was left struggling after a teenage boy in my daughter's school (one who she knew personally and was friends with) took his life. A dark shadow cast itself on all who knew him. I found myself thinking,...

Maryn Holladay My husband subscribes to Bloomberg Businessweek.  This magazine and I have a good thing going on.  Like weekly clockwork: the magazine arrives, I thumb through, I focus on a fascinating article or two (or six), and a few minutes (or… longer) later, I feel...

Rebecca Mallory No doubt you've heard the recent debates over capitalism. It is the American way and has been since its inception. Recently, however, many speak of capitalism in disparaging terms; that it is somehow unfair, that it promotes greed and robs the very worker that...

Diane Robertson Many parents across the nation are wary, worried, and bemused by the new Common Core standards. An important part of Common Core is the standardized testing. To prepare students for the tests, school administrators are enforcing strict instruction for much of the school day....

Liz Mackay   It was a typical Monday morning with children to awaken and help prepare for the day, lunches to pack, laundry to oversee, vacuuming to start. As I moved forward to accomplish these needed tasks, my two youngest children kept coming up and petitioning me to...

Jennifer Luu & Jessica Madrid In today’s society, many of us have grown up hearing the parable of the Frog and the Boiling Water. So for just a moment, picture if you would, a frog placed into a pot of boiling water, the frog will hop...

Maddi Gillel There is consistency and warning of great men throughout history - from Cicero to leaders in the 20th century – of what it takes to preserve freedom and what it takes to destroy it..  I believe we must head their warning for I cannot...

Ann Bailey There is a surprising way to strengthen your child’s resistance to addiction – take consistent family vacations.  They don’t have to be elaborate and expensive vacations either.  But the vacations do need to be yearly and they need to put your family together for...

Diane Robertson As a stay at home mom of 9 children, I get many people asking me the question, “How do you do it?” My answer is simple. I do not do it alone. I am a stay at home mom of many children only because...

Alicia Alley and Erica Arguello Take a minute and think about the one person you enjoy spending time with; maybe it’s your wife, your husband, your mom or dad, a close friend, or a sibling. Now think of why you enjoy spending time with them. Is...

 Rebecca Mallory What if you could be a hero and save an  innocent child from the jaws of evil right now? I'm going to tell you how. Early this morning I was driving home and was listening to the Glenn Beck program. My ears perked up...

Elise Ellsworth Next week my husband and I will celebrate fifteen years of marriage together.  Our marriage has weathered the births of seven children, four college degrees, eleven moves (four of them cross-country), job losses, being hit by a tornado, too many emergency room trips to...

Diane Robertson How would a community respond if their school district or school allowed adults to come into the school and walk around naked? What if there was a naked day at the school where adults were allowed to come and parade nude around the school,...

Last weekend I found myself sleeping on a grass field under the stars. Living in west Los Angeles, it’s a rare opportunity to see the stars between nights blanketed in ocean fog or the dimming effect of the city lights. But on this night, flanked...

“We must respect other religions, even as we respect our own. Mere tolerance thereof is not enough.”  -Ghandi  Why Religion and Religious Freedom is Important Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you have, somehow, lost the use of your arms, or legs, or eyes....