Save the Sandwiches, Please!

Jake Ross, a 10 year old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, has gone without lunch a few times in school during the past months. Apparently, his parents fell behind in putting funds into his lunch account, and the lunch workers, as a result, have more than once taken his lunch away from him, after it was…

Ever Tried a Toad?

My brother put fried frog legs on my plate once at a Chinese Restaurant. No – NOT because I like delicacies, but to laugh at the disgust on my face. Needless to say, the frog legs never made it into my mouth. I can only imagine how much worse my reaction would be to a…

Happiness

Happiness Is a Choice

The last time my husband and I drove to the grocery store, I was struck by how many billboards advertised their products or services using slogans that contained the word happy, or images of someone smiling. Even in the grocery store, countless products with images of someone smiling stared back at us from the shelves.…

“…Of Brave Knights and Heroic Courage”

It seems like mothers today have a lot to worry about regarding our kids’ futures. With all the violence and aggression, declining economies and increasing secularism in the world today, the future can seem pretty glum. No matter where you go, people are facing some pretty serious problems. Of course, there are pockets of peace,…

The Mother-Child Relationship in Art

Wars, poverty and disaster come and go, but the spirit of love between a mother and a child has withstood all ages, as the cornerstone of love, life and trust. Art is perhaps the truest tribute to the importance of the mother-child relationship. Mother-child pictures of all ages and cultures may vary in color and…

Spoiler Alert! The Pope is Catholic!

For months, the media has been spinning an exciting drama based on the odds of Pope Francis changing essential Church teachings. I have a surprise for them: Pope Francis is Catholic. No essential teachings are about to change. We might come to recognize more and more, however, how little the secular media really knows about…

The Child Inside…

Have you noticed the number of baby pictures/videos that float around Facebook and get thousands of likes? Not the ones of babies you know, but the ones of babies you don’t know – babies in cute outfits, babies laughing, babies babbling… Some baby pictures and videos get lots of “likes” for a cause (you know……

To Pin or Not to Pin: That Is the Question.

This might seem like a very insignificant question compared with the original, but it is a very real question many women are facing today. Should we or should we not get sucked into using Pinterest? Is it a fun and effective aid, or an absolute waste of time and depression enhancer? I’ve seen multiple Facebook…

Extremists. Oh, You Know… Like the Founding Fathers.

I would love to have a more specific definition of how the U.S. government defines extremism. I fear that, if that definition came out and were actually used, we would find that the majority of the country (that’s right, more than half, a democratic majority, would be counted as extremists). The Pentagon and Military have…

Be Beautiful. Be Greek.

The concept of feminine “beauty” has varied greatly throughout the centuries. Just look at a few pictures to see the difference. Characteristics of beauty have been not only different, but even conflicting. Take, for example, the preference for pale skin prior to the 1900s, and the preference for tanned skin from the 1940s onward. Or…

Facebook Needs Warning Label?

According to Fox news, the results of “clinical trials” may push the Surgeon General to require Facebook to post a warning on its homepage, notifying the public that overuse of the site could cause harm. They also suggest that lawsuits might attempt to hold Facebook liable for the “damage done.” Personally, I don’t even think…

WANTED: Creative Minds

Left to themselves, kids are willing to take chances, take risks, and make mistakes: a great recipe for success… But a recipe that’s torn up and thrown out in as kids are taught in school to fear and avoid mistakes. In the system of education currently used across the U.S. by most public and private…

Lincoln said WHAT???

If you regularly spend time on social networking sites, you may have already seen this: And this… And this… And countless other such memes. Even if you don’t use social networking a lot, you’ve probably heard of these “quotes”: “Let them eat cake.” Marie Antoinette “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Sherlock Holmes  “Money is the root…