Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Life, Parenting, Relationships

Our Love-Hate-Love Affair with Violence

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My friend Li is an Evangelical Christian and, in keeping with her family values she keeps an eye on what her children view and read. In the summer, she took her 12-year-old daughter to the Hunger Games. “It’s the perfect … Continue reading

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Guns and Mental Illness Kill People

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Last spring my younger sister Kathy jumped off a freeway bridge in Phoenix. For better or worse, she lived. Kathy made her first suicide gesture in high school, when she took a handful of –I think—aspirin in reaction to a … Continue reading

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Thirty Signs You’re a Slut

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In middle school, my daughter Brynn went through a phase when she screened new friends by lending them a book, He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, by sharp-witted, sharp-tongued blogger Jessica Valenti.  Brynn had read He’s a Stud three times.  … Continue reading

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Tree Droppings

This morning, when I thought I had better things to do, I spent an hour cleaning gutters and sweeping tree droppings off of our back porch roof. I could have been writing the definitive article that would spread across the … Continue reading

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Be Good for Goodness Sake

For years atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers have been saying that you don’t need a god to be good.  Recently, they even tried to say it on the side of an Indiana bus.  More and more, they are finding ways … Continue reading

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Raising Good Kids without Gods – The Wisdom Commons

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As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to achieve great things. But we also want them to be good people. We want to be as proud of their kindness, generosity and integrity as we are … Continue reading

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Is it Ok to Celebrate Christmas, Even If You’re Not a Christian?

I just love Christmas!”  my friend Hannah confessed recently, “even though I’m appalled by Christianity.”  She sounded sheepish, as if loving Christmas somehow made her bad. Poor Hannah.  I understand her tone of apology.  What Hannah is appalled by isn’t … Continue reading

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