There are some surprising keys to successful, fulfilling adult lives that need to be discussed and fought for so that our country begins to thrive again.

Surprising Keys to Successful, Fulfilling Adult Lives

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I’m about to write something offensive. I try not to be offensive, most of the time. But, today I’m going to get it for what I’m about to write. Which is interesting, because really all I’m trying to support is hard work, personal responsibility, and critical thinking. These are all skills my husband and I work hard to teach our …

An important part of a parent's job is to be prepared for emergencies. Here are a few ideas to help keep your family protected.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

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Last year, around this time our furnace needed to be turned off. We had a natural gas leak because of improper installation and a lack of air circulation. It was a mixture ripe to cause carbon monoxide poisoning. We were fortunate that we have a fireplace to heat our home with. And, thanks to some good friends, we had gone two …

We all have faced moments when we needed our family's support. Here are three ways we can work on strengthening family friendships.

Strengthening Family Friendships

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We’ve all been there… The family reunion –aunts, uncles, first cousins thrice-removed, and other relatives  — everyone gathered to celebrate a progenitor from a hundred years ago. Does the word awkward ring a bell? These gatherings are fantastic, and important, but if effort isn’t put into strengthening family friendships then no one will feel very comfortable. Part of the trick is …

Columbus Day came and went without much notice, which got me thinking. Here are a few reasons why it's good to celebrate Columbus Day.

Let’s Celebrate Columbus Day Next Year

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Columbus Day came and went this year without much ado. I’m not even sure Columbus was mentioned at my children’s school. This saddens me because what Christopher Columbus did was not only very brave, but really important. Granted, there were some negative side effects, but there were also some pretty good positive side effects. But, because of the age of …

Technology allows us to do so many amazing, seemingly impossible things. So, why are we laughing at the pain of others? When did we forget we're all human?

What’s so Funny? Why Are We Laughing at the Pain of Others?

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We’ve all seen the video uploads that go out of the way to poke fun at another person’s distress, emotional or physical. We’ve also seen that these videos get millions of views. More often than not, these videos leave me asking, “What’s so funny?” Why are we laughing at the pain of others? We live in an amazing time. The …

There are so many terms for classifying children, but these classifications are harmful. This article lists reasons why why we shouldn’t label children.

Why We Shouldn’t Label Children

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What is the value of a life? How can we tell, by looking at scores or features, what someone will do in life? How much do we really need to categorize people to make sense of the world? There’s been so much labeling of people – whether because of choices, behaviors, intelligence, or body make up. This labeling is damaging …

September 11 happened at 8:30 p.m. for me in 2001. This post is my way of remembering September 11, 2001 and honoring all who died and all who survived.

Remembering September 11, 2001

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My September 11, 2001 happened at 8:30 p.m. I’d already peacefully lived through the morning and afternoon of that Tuesday.  For me, remembering September 11, 2001 starts in the evening. I don’t think my story is very unique, but it’s different from many of the stories remembered and told on Patriots’ Day. Knock, Knock. . . Have you heard yet? …