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Kristi Kane Several months ago, one of the researcher's at my husband's company dumped at least a dozen expired chemicals down the drain and left for the day.  A couple of hours later, as other employees left, they heard the fire alarm but just thought it...

Diane Robertson In 1776, Thomas Jefferson penned these words:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” With the ratification and...

Kristi Kane It has been almost six months since New Years Eve when all of us made those New Year's Resolutions that probably didn't last more than two months, if that.  And in six months time, it will be time to make another resolution that will...

Emily Green and Christiana Phillips Do you remember being in the halls of your high school, or, more commonly, in the locker room, with some friends and hearing about what others have learned, heard, or experienced relating to sex?  What about the first time you watched...

Diane Robertson “Same-sex marriage presents a highly emotional and important question of public policy—but not a difficult question of constitutional law. The Constitution does not guarantee the right to enter into a same-sex marriage. Indeed, no provision of the Constitution speaks to the issue. . ....

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court announced their ruling on two important marriage cases.  In the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) case,  one provision was struck down which now allows same-sex marriages (in the states who legally recognize same-sex marriages) to receive federal benefits.  In...

Diane Robertson For all of the people in the U.S. who have anxiously been awaiting SCOTUS’s ruling on marriage, tomorrow is the day. The Supreme Court will issue opinions on the three remaining cases of the spring session.  After announcing today's rulings, Chief Justice John Roberts...

Emily Barney and Micah Brock Imagine that your child is severely ill, and you have no idea what her diagnosis is. Consider the anxiety, frustration, and helplessness that you would feel day after day trying to figure out what is the matter. What might it feel...

Diane Robertson In the wake the Gosnell trial, the US House of Representatives passed a law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation. The bill called, "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," includes exemptions for pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother, and documented cases...

Ann Bailey “[P]arents should view the costs of child care as an investment in their career,” stated an article on Time-Management Strategies for Working Parents.  This was the final sentence in an article from a major media source that offered “advice for fostering a healthy work-life...

Tom ChristensenIn the days surrounding Father's Day, people reflect on the qualities of their fathers that contribute so much to their lives.  As I think back on my own father who passed away ten years ago, I think of his integrity.  He was not a...

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...