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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...

Kristi Kane The Boy Scouts of America is a wonderful organization that teaches boys the importance of goal-setting, community service, teamwork and leadership. What a marvelous and superior alternative to pornography and countless hours of video gaming that seem to plague boys these days. So, if...

Rachel Allison The nation I love and honor seems to be disintegrating into a place I hardly recognize: The dress standards, the language, the disrespect, the lack of motivation and self-reliance, the “what’s in it for me” mentality, the blatant political partisanship on any and every...

Kristi Kane We are regularly reminded of the bad and the ugly that goes on in our world by just watching the news or surfing the internet. With the attack in Boston a few weeks old, there have been stories of those who did great good...

Maddi Gillel When I was growing up, I had the advantage of my mother, two grandmas, and a great grandmother living with and close to me.  Such wisdom they all had about life!  They could cook, sew, quilt, raise children, farm, do handwork, serve others, and...

Rebecca Mallory National headlines from the past news week have undoubtedly set most Americans on edge. Shocking scenes of the tragedy at the Boston marathon finish line and the fiery images after the explosion of a fertilizer plant in Waco, Texas leave us all bewildered and...

Diane Robertson Four years ago Swedish socials service officials took, seven-year-old, Dominic Johansson from his parents as the family boarded an international flight. Armed police seized the boy without arrest warrants.  Swedish officials placed him in a foster home. The boy has still not been restored...

Charles Bower & Shyla Johnson If we were to hear of a drug, one that would ruin our families and our communities, what would we do? Would we encourage our children to avoid it? Certainly. Would we make sure it never enters our homes? Of course....

Diane Robertson To have the opinion that the definition of marriage should not be changed to include same sex couples is very unpopular this spring. Dr. Ben Carson, renowned, pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins has stepped down as Hopkins Commencement Speaker.  Some Hopkins students and faculty petitioned...

Kristi Kane On Saturday I got to watch as my girls prepared for their school's Prom. It was an exciting day. They helped each other with their hair and makeup, talked with their friends about how much fun they were going to have that evening, and...

Maddie Gillel During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of...

Marlene Hinton Shortly after I wrote a response (here) to Dr. Harris-Perry’s comments that children should belong to the collective community rather than their parents, I received a phone call asking if I seriously took Harris-Perry’s comments literally.  Does she really advocate removing children from the...

Rachel Allison Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D. worked at a campus counseling center for more than 10 years.  The young women who came to her were in crisis. They were “working hard to fulfill their dreams:  a college education, maybe grad school, a great career, and—at some...

Kristi Kane Last summer, my state was plagued by several fires. Some were far, some were near. I started getting nervous when driving at night, I could literally see flames rising from mountain tops that were 40 miles away. Then a fire started in a city...

Maddi Gillel By now you’ve read about Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his Philadelphia abortion clinic also known as the “house of horrors.” It is exactly that.  I’ve heard bits and pieces of the case and don’t want to hear anymore; it’s too heartbreaking and disturbing. Gosnell has...

Diane Robertson Babies are born needing to belong. Children born to a mother or father who do not want them, neglect them, abuse them, or do not attach to them, often suffer from attachment disorder causing problems throughout their lives. Given this fact, it shouldn’t be...

Rachel Allison This week I received an email from a good friend. Among other news, she wrote that she had gone to pick up her birth control pills and was told, “No Charge.” My first thought? “It has begun! Unrestricted sex for everyone! With her email she sent...

Kristi Kane To my knowledge, there has never been an article written about the advantages of taking drugs, alcohol or cigarettes into your system. Not a convincing one anyway. And even though 14 states have legalized the “medicinal” use of marijuana, I remain unconvinced of its...

Maddi Gillel “Mothers are patient souls.  You Mother, in particular, must have been a blue ribbons patience winner when you were young.  How else could she have raised such a one as you?  Patience alone couldn’t have done it; it took many cubic miles of love...

Diane Robertson In 1938 when Hitler began taking over Czechoslovakia, The Czech’s sought help from the English Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. In response,  Chamberlain set up a personal visit with Hitler, Mussolini, and French Premier Daladier in Munich. Czech President Benes was not invited. In this...

Rachel Allison As major conferences are held at the United Nations, men and women from all over the world come to New York City to support a particular cause or share their grievances with those who will listen.  Many plan what are called “side events” and...

Kristi Kane “I have wept in the night for the shortness of sight that to somebody's need I was blind. But I never have yet felt a twinge of regret for being a little too kind.” --anon. There are so many issues in today's society that have not only divided us,...