UFI Blog

Kristi Kane Years ago, during a summer break in between college semesters years, I took a job as a certified nurse's aide. I had never worked so hard in my life. My job entailed bathing elderly patients, changing their diapers, dressing them, feeding them, brushing their...

Who is better at handling pain – men or women?  And the question that often accompanies that one:  If men were the ones who had to be pregnant and then go through labor and delivery, would there be far fewer children in the world? We know...

Carol Soelberg The headlines have been blaring the news: “Majorities Say Same-Sex Marriage is inevitable.”  People who opposed same-sex marriage are “on the wrong side of history,” they claim. I’ve heard claims of “inevitability” before; history is laced with them. But I can think of no...

Diane Robertson It’s June! In June many minds turn toward flowers, sunshine, swimming pools, and summer vacation. Others think of marriage. June is the most popular month for couples to tie the knot. This June is an especially important month for marriage. Before the end of...

Kristi Kane Several years ago, I heard a wise man proclaim to an audience of parents, “Parents, you cannot afford to be tired.” His statement surprised me. I asked myself, “What's he talking about!?  As a parent, I am almost always tired.”   His statement is true...

Nicole Huckbody & Whitney Trudo Statistics show that 99 percent of American households have at least one television set in their home, and 66 percent of those homes have three or more television sets.  Statistics go on to show that when four to six year-old children...

Diane Robertson Just in case the 40% abortion rate in NYC is not high enough for the money-driven abortion industry and Planned Parenthood, New York City Department of Health and Hygiene is promoting a new app on their NYC teen website. The app, available in Apple...

Kristi Kane During one of the terms of President William Jefferson Clinton, “Character Counts” was the motto of a Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree. President Clinton attended the jamboree, and several of the scouts were seen nudging each other in the ribs and pointing at...

Maddie Gillel It would probably be a good exercise for our minds to re-visit what, when, how, and why western civilization is in such a state of dis-repair and near death.  Nothing will be new to us in this exercise, but we should be stunned to...

Ann Bailey Young adults are still interested in having a happy life-long marriage.  Survey after survey reflects this truth.  Yet a “hook up culture” continues to flourish and that doesn’t bode well for the future of stable marriage. So what’s a “hook up?”  Here’s a simple definition:...

Annalise Harker Once upon a time, in a land not far away, a young girl worked on washing a sink full of dirty dishes while singing “Someday My Prince Will Come” from the movie Snow White that she had just finished watching. As she scrubbed and...

Diane Robertson The 7th World Congress of Families (WCF) convened in Sydney, Australia May 15 – 18. Founded by the Howard Centre for Family, Religion and Society in Rockford, Illinois, WCF seeks to combat the anti-family ideologies now dominating the Western world.  WCF brings together international...

Kristi Kane In one of the most poignant and cherished letters in the history of the United States, is a letter penned by President Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow living in Boston, Massachusetts.   The following is a transcript of the letter:  Executive Mansion Washington,...

Maggie Gillel Entropy : a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system’s disorder;  a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder;  chaos, disorganization, randomness.  When I am out...

Aubrey Wood & Kirstie Steel Many of us would be appalled if we were in a grocery store and watched as a parent smacked the back of their child’s head for the offense of reaching for a box of cookies the parent had just denied.  But...

Kristi Kane My daughter who is graduating from high school this month announced to me that many of her friends are not. Tonight my husband and I took our boys and their friends to a movie and saw one of our girls' friends. She works at...

Rebecca Mallory Many girls ask the question, “What are the legal downsides to a guy having sex before marriage?” While legality is certainly a concern, the emotional, physical, and financial aspects of premarital sex are as serious and can be even more damaging.  Girls definitely take the...

Maddie Gillel  “Teach your child an orderly way of life; it will be to his great advantage.  It’s not too early to start when your baby is born”, counseled a wise, experienced registered nurse as she spoke to a group of women, including me, attending a...

Rachel Allison I recently read the following: I am totally convinced that once a woman has borne a child, she owes that child herself more than anything else in the first five years of his life… I fear that raising emotion-starved and love-starved children can produce calloused, robotized...

Diane Robertson After a two-month trial and 10 days of deliberation the jury came back with a verdict of “Guilty” for the Pennsylvania Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell. The jury decided that Baby A, Baby C and Baby D were born alive and lived before their spinal cords...

Kristi Kane A local news channel recently announced that a 17-year-old boy who was playing soccer, was given a yellow card during his game by the ref, and in retaliation, punched the ref in the face. The ref was hospitalized. I was shocked by the boy's...

Diane Robertson I wanted to write about mothers and motherhood and the blessing and joys that come from being a mother. I wanted to tell mothers that they are doing a great work and to hang in there. Mothers change the world. Mothers are in charge....

Marlene Hinton The nice little elementary school where I work is plastered with reminders to refrain from bullying, something I suspect most parents heartily endorse.  At the same time, I wonder how many of these children will grow up to be professional bullies. I wonder that because...

Diane Robertson Legalized same-sex marriage is making progress around the globe.  Since the New Year, New Zealand, France, and Uruguay have legalized gay marriage. Great Britain is currently working on a law that would legalize gay marriage, and marriage is on trial in the Supreme Court...

Rachel Allison There are bombs going off on more fronts than I can name.  The attacks are relentless and escalating. Abortion—Now the truth is coming out about the “safety” and “compassion” of abortion clinics.  And we thought the supposed "back-alley abortions" were bad? Euthanasia—being legalized and accepted as...