My faith as a bright, flowered couch

I have a theory that most people’s spiritual lives are like fabric–with color patterns and definite textures. If you stand back, the feel and look of the fabric is clear. Mine is like a bold, floral chintz. Like the tiny threads woven together to form a fabric, there are certain ideas that define my faith. Together they form the texture …

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Book give-away: how to fix America’s problems

America has a number of problems. Despite what he insists, Donald Trump does not know how to solve them. I recently discovered a book that contains answers to a handful of our national issues. It unveils how to lower rates of asthma and obesity, how to decrease auto fatalities, how to pull kids away from computers and …

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American parenting: are we worrying about the right things?

If you pay any attention to the news, the past month has been a particularly scary one. From terrorist attacks in Paris to a shooting rampage at a Christmas party in California, there appears to be nowhere you can go and be safe. Is this true? Are we living in a particularly dangerous moment? People who …

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Addendum to my post “Why I Don’t Treat My Kids ‘Fairly'”

Every year, MLK Jr’s Birthday is celebrated as a major event at my kids’ elementary school.  On the Friday preceding the holiday Monday, the children perform a school-wide musical assembly.  They prepare in their music classes for months in advance. Much good fruit has been borne in our family from this annual tradition: my children have a …

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Why I Don’t Treat My Kids “Fairly”

From the American view of things, my family should be very concerned with fairness.  Not only do I have three daughters who are close in age, but two of them are identical twins.  Many would assume that I should strive greatly to pursue perfectly fair treatment for my kids at all times. I don’t.  In fact, when one …

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