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  Rachel Allison The Thanksgiving Holiday offers us a specific season each year to reflect on our blessings. These past few days my thoughts have focused on my childhood and the impact my parents made on me during my formative years.  Their words, their priorities, their expressions...

by Kristi Kane During my last year of college, a young man in one of my creative writing classes wrote a story about a young woman who had been raped. I still remember the opening line of his story written in first person, in which the...

Monica Nicholas & Taylor Evans “Living apart from natural fathers can be associated with poverty and negative outcomes for children.”  Lisa Calderwood, London University, Institute of Education Scotty was a happy little four year old boy when his parents were divorced.  He stayed with his mom in...

Ann Bailey Gay advocacy groups continue to beat the drum that gays suffer from employment discrimination, but it seems that the problem is exactly the opposite.  Homosexuals actually enjoy a “wage premium.”  They earn 2.5% more than a similarly-situated heterosexual earner.   Yep, what you might have...

Diane Robertson There are many laws put in place to protect children—seat belt and car seat laws, laws that allow driving, drinking, and smoking only after children reach a certain age, and many more. Why? Because these laws protect children and are good for society. Seat...

Golden-brown turkey, soft buttery rolls, spicy pumpkin pies. . . what are your family’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Family traditions are more than just familiar routines. They are powerful sources of strength to families. Research shows that traditions give structure and rhythm to family life, and...

Diane Robertson This is not a topic I like to read about, talk about, or even think about. I did not want to write about it. Yet pedophilia is quietly being normalized. Responsible adults need to understand what is happening in order to act to protect...

Alexandria Christensen and Kendra Mayo Parenting is an important part of how society functions. Parents rear the rising generation that will become the political leaders, the work force, and the consumers of tomorrow. Parents raise children to become successful adults. Laurence Steinberg (2005) states, “Good parenting is...

Elise Ellsworth When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at a college commencement this past year he chose an interesting topic to address – marriage.  He urged young people to actively pursue marriage: “Combining your life with another person … is tremendously challenging and enormously rewarding...

Alexxus Kochel                                                      After a long week, I was very excited for a date night with my husband. Something about a stress free Friday night to unwind is soothing to me. My husband picked me up from work, and we headed to a movie. We had...

Diane Robertson The Pilgrim Separatists fled their homes in England, endured starvation and hardships and the deaths of many of their loved ones in order to establish a colony in the New World free from religious intolerance. The sacrifices of these first settlers began a tradition...

Attempting to scare people is part and parcel of the Halloween season, but the “zero-population growth” folks have really kicked it into gear the last few weeks.   “Scary stories” abound, especially since the new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was...

Shelle Mask Soelberg With “Mask” for a last name, Halloween was bound to be special, and my mom made sure it always was.  Our tradition for extravagant and individualized costumes made us anticipate Halloween all year long. Our costumes were always homemade and always thrilling in...

Kassie Anderson I was talking with my good friend Eden, who had been talking with her 90 year old aunt, about how women are losing their instinct to mother. I am 100% on board with this. My theory is that there are so many books and...

In the United States, October is the month for pumpkins and trick-or-treaters. It also National Breast-Cancer Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign “dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.” Judging by the multitude of pink ribbons from sea to...

Diane Robertson After the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected a stay on same-sex marriages, local officials began issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals at midnight Monday, Oct 21st. Governor Chris Christie rather than carry through with a promised appeal to the state dropped the legal motion. In effect,...

Bethany Larson & Jenny Cooper Do you want your child to be honest, genuine and to form meaningful relationships with others?  Of course you do!  As parents we want our children to be the best they can be and to become successful in their lives.  However...

Diane Robertson Leave it to California to take one crazy law and turn it into an even crazier law. Children in California can now have three or more legal parents. Some may find it helpful for sharing parental responsibilities with things like doctor appointments and school...

Ann Bailey Two women can now “have a baby together.”  Yup, it’s a brave new world.   And guess what, if you live in California, lesbian couples now will get financial assistance to acquire that baby and it will be underwritten by you.  I’m still not sure...

Ann Bailey Blair McMillan of Guelph, Canada, has grown a mullet in a bid to return to the year 1986 – the year he was born.  He and his girlfriend, Morgan, have also put away their tablets, smart phones,  computers, DVD players, X-box, coffee machine –...

Diane Robertson A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household analyzes data taken from the 2011 Canadian Census in which young adults are asked the question: “Are you the child of a male or female same-sex married or common...

Kristi Kane The word adult is a funny one to me only because in today's society it seems to have such a wide variety of definitions, most of which contradict each other.  To me an adult is supposed to be someone who is mature and who...

Maddie Gillel Have you ever heard the  phrase ”don’t let a camel get his nose under the tent”?  Apparently, once he does that, it will not be long before his whole body is inside the tent, and he will be wreaking all manner of camel-havoc. Two subjects...

Diane Robertson New Jersey judge, Mary C. Jacobson, has become the first judge in the United States to cite the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA as a reason a state must legalize same-sex marriage. Judge Jacobson said that not doing so deprives same sex couples of...