Peace, love and understanding; Is there no place for them today? They say we must fight to keep our freedom, but Lord knows there’s got to be a better way. — Edwin Starr, War

I was watching a documentary on diets the other night when a European doctor quipped, “Americans love to have an enemy.” I was stunned. How insightful, and as I considered the statement, I concluded he was right!

No matter the issue, we Americans do love to have an enemy to…


It’s time we stopped pretending that “Saint” Augustine was much more than a verbose, arrogant, womanizing, bigot who’s claim to fame was that he published multiple really long books in a time when few people could read or write.

Augustine’s autobiography, Confessions, is a “great work” of the Western World…


It’s so simple on Facebook! Just 3 easy steps to wealth. Step 1: “Make better choices.” Doesn’t it ever occur to folks who spout this rhetoric that upward mobility has become extremely difficult in America, because once the “wrong” choice is made, you cannot get out of the ditch?

I…


“It was not possible to insure the house, the swimming pool or the car against riot damage. There were riots, but these were outside the city, where people of another color were quartered.

These people were not allowed into the suburb except as reliable housemaids and gardeners, so there was…


American Millennial parents (of which I am one) appear to me to not understand the nature of children.

On social media parenting groups, I constantly see questions about finding the “right” psychotherapist for a 4 year-old child with suspected bipolar disorder, or how to self-manage when you have a screaming…


Electius believed himself above the gods.

Electius believed himself above the gods.

As ruler, he began to apply his “signature” to different pages of law books, religion, and history, having them evicted from the official state annals.

He wanted no precedents, no lessons, and no moral warnings, believing them to…


A couple weeks ago, the New York Times published a heartbreaking article, The Crisis in Youth Suicide, which showed recent stats concerning the unsettling rise in recent years of young people committing suicide.

The obvious question on everyone’s mind is, “what’s behind this?” While there are many ideas, opinions, and…


For the 5th time that month, I was back in the ER, struggling to breathe.

I was having bad side effects of toxicity brought on by my chemo medication. Effects my oncologist insisted I could not be having, because I hadn’t been on the medication long enough.

So I was…


It starts like a wanted ad: “Looking for crunchy mommas.” “Any Christian homeschooling dads out there?” “Recommendations for sci-fi/fantasy books featuring a transgender-lesbian teen hero.” This is the modern, “Google” way of seeking new friendships, churches, groups, music, movies, and even books.

It is so micro-niched as to be borderline…


In the wake of the last United States Presidential debate on Wednesday, the subject of abortion and a woman’s right to choose was one emotional issue. The popular topic hasn’t lost any followers or comments this week, as bloggers, journalists, and political pundits have taken the perennial debate online.

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