Category: family

Controversial psychology study affirms importance of fathers

The American Psychological Association has raised a stink by concluding that traditional masculinity is bad, bad and bad. It’s hard to argue that something’s not wrong with some men when they represent 80 percent of arrests for violent crimes, 97 percent of mass shootings, a suicide rate that’s three and a half times greater than women and almost... Read more »

Why SCOTUS must protect Jack Phillip's right to not bake a wedding cake for a gay couple

Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission helped to delineate the complex issues in one of the most important religious civil rights case in years. The case will determine whether a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, can refuse, based on his constitutional right to be free of government interference in the practice... Read more »

What's wrong with men?

Sexual harassers are mostly men, not women. Men, not women, are shooting and killing people on the streets of Chicago. And we’re supposed to believe that men aren’t different than women? That men and women are indistinguishable in their outlooks, behaviors, capabilities and so forth (except for their genitalia)? How, then do you explain that... Read more »
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Some states now require parents to take driver's ed

Parents of teenage drivers, how do like these apples? According to Stateline, a publication of Pew Charitable Trusts: For many teens, taking driver’s education has become a rite of passage in itself, just like getting a license. Now, some states are requiring their parents to take a class as well. Last month, Rhode Island became... Read more »

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate group

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a right to call anyone a hate group. And so it does. But it goes beyond the pale when journalists participate in the center’s hateful activities by uncritically citing its “research”  into and its “definition” of who and what qualifies as a hate group. A journalist has done it... Read more »

'The Bridges of Madison County' needs a sequel

(Spoiler alert) The Marriott Theater’s magnificent and heartbreaking reprise of the “Bridges of Madison County” made me think, again, that the play/book/movie needs a sequel. The story is about a young Italian woman, Francesca, who married an American GI, Bud, after World War II and moved with him to rural Iowa to raise a family. Years... Read more »
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How to find joy this Christmas

This is the joyful home of my sister-in-law. God bless them, each and every one. Merry Christmas to residents and staff at L’Arche Harbor House in Jacksonville, Florida. Read why Americans need to learn about the nation’s most ignored war. Find out what freelance editorial services I can provide for you. Want to be notified by email when... Read more »

Helicopter parents: Your job is to put yourself out of a job

Because I’m an old guy, I’ve seen all kinds of different theories about how parents should raise their children. From children are not to be seen or heard, then through  Dr. Benjamin Spock’s use of psychodynamics to understand children (hug more, punish less) and to today’s “helicopter parents.” The pendulum, it is said, swings back... Read more »

Paul Ryan unfairly blistered for his maternity leave position

Politicians and pundits have been piling on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), possibly the next Speaker of the House, for saying that he’ll accept the job only if he can spend time with his family. Some of the cascade of criticism is vitriolic, of the type that if voiced from the right would be called mean... Read more »
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A loving response to Deb Mell’s beautiful homage to her wife

UPDATE: Read additional thoughts on Illinois’ approval of same-sex marriage in a later post. Who could not be touched by Chicago Ald. Deb Mell’s moving essay (“Perspective: Make marriage equal,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2013) describing the love she has for her wife, Christin Baker? In revealing the details of their life together, their marriage in Iowa... Read more »
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