Category Archives: Culture

The Longest Reigning Monarch

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This week marked the 65th anniversary of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth to the throne of England. She was crowned queen on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father. That makes her the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain. Sixty-five years is a long time, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to eternity…. Read more »

Griefs and Sorrows

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Griefs and Sorrows -- a Christian's perspective on current tragic events

Today is Father’s Day. Normally, I would mark the occasion with a post about my father or my husband and what a wonderful job they’ve both done in the fatherhood department, or perhaps a piece about the vital role fathers in general play in the lives of their children. In light of all the horrific news stories we’ve seen played… Read more »

Batman V Superman: 7 Important Take-Aways

7 Lessons We can Learn from Batman V Superman

My husband surprised me yesterday by bringing home tickets to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. And he didn’t just get tickets for the two of us, either. He bought enough for our kids and grandkids to see it, too, who crowded eagerly into the theater sporting superhero shirts and capes. Here are a few important lessons I learned from… Read more »

Postponing Motherhood… at What Cost?

5 Must-Read books for Reluctant Mothers

Back when my husband was in medical school, his pharmacology textbook listed seven full pages of adverse side effects associated with oral contraceptive use, including: heart attacks strokes liver tumors blood clots gall bladder disease migraine headaches depression loss of vision urinary tract infections yeast infections weight gain thyroid problems high blood sugar … and myriad more, as well as… Read more »

A Tale of Three Babies

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A Tale of Three Babies -- what an amazing story!

Baby #1: Inconvenient “I’m getting an abortion, and nothing you say is going to talk me out of it.” That’s what a friend of ours was told by his girlfriend when he accidentally got her pregnant, twenty-some-odd years ago. Although both were old enough to get married, settle down, and start a family, neither was interested in doing so. There… Read more »

Making Big Investments in Little Things

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Recipe for Success: Making Big Investments in Little Things

President Obama created quite a stir last week with his comments regarding Moms who leave the workplace to stay home and raise children: “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make,” he said resolutely. His solution to the pesky problem of SAHMs? Taking more and more children out of their homes at younger and younger ages and placing them… Read more »

Stating the Obvious: Men and Women are Different

Neurological research has demonstrated what any two-year-old could tell you: Men and women are not identical in either nature or function.

Actress Kirsten Dunst made headline news last week for her comments concerning traditional gender roles. “I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created.”… Read more »

Don’t Waste Your Girl Power

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Don't waste your girl power | a guide for using your feminine fortitude to its full advantage

We hear a lot about female empowerment these days…but how should we define it? What does an empowered woman really look like? Is she wealthy? Is she world-famous? Does she radiate prestige? Does she command the respect of her peers? Does she carry political clout? Is she her own woman? Completely autonomous? Answers to no one? Is girl power something… Read more »

5 Must-Read Books for Women Who Think

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One of my readers recently criticized me for promoting what she considers oppressive and archaic beliefs regarding marriage and motherhood. “Read something – anything – on feminism,” she pleaded. “Learn to respect yourself, then you can respect others.” Of course, this is a cleaned-up version of what she actually wrote. Her original comment was so riddled with expletives and venomous… Read more »

Confessions of a “Weaker Vessel”

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Well, I took a longer break from blogging than I intended, but my recent move was more labor intensive than I expected (primarily because I rejected my husband’s generous offers to hire movers to help us). I survived two major garage sales, countless trips to Goodwill, and what seemed like endless weeks of sorting, packing, and transferring what was left… Read more »