Can Kids Still Play Outside?

The issues brought up in this article in which a Texas woman was visited by CPS for allowing her child to play 150 yards from her house completely freak me out. I don't know any details about this particular case other than what is in the article, but I often have fears about letting me kids walk down to a neighbors house without me. What if someone calls the police? We have another homeschooled 10 year old on our street, and, yet, I worry about the consequences of them playing outside together … [Read more...]

Another Lands’ End Warning

Over the last week, Lands' End customers, many of whom were ordering school uniforms for their grade school children, complained about receiving an unsolicited issue to GQ with a topless woman on the cover prompting a formal apology from Lands' End and the cancellation of all GQ subscriptions. Today, the CEO sent out another email warning customers that they could still receive another issue of GQ as they were unable to stop all of the September issues from sending.  So please keep a close ey … [Read more...]

Lands’ End: Uniforms and Porn Follow up

Thank you to all who took the time to write, post on social media or call Lands' End regarding the automatic sending of a magazine including nude pictures to customers placing orders of over $100 after the original post Land's End Warning: Order School Uniforms, Get Porn. Lands' End PR changed their tune dramatically from their "not our fault be we can unsubscribe you" justification from my first contact with them over the weekend.I have been overwhelmed with the response to this issue and … [Read more...]

Response to the Situation in Iraq

Like many of you, I have been horrified by the news stories about the persecuted communities in Iraq, especially the Christian and Yazidi communities in northern Iraq, and have been praying for all those affected. Can this really be happening in our world today? Can it really be true that children are being beheaded, that families are fleeing into the mountains, only to die of starvation and dehydration? I watched a heartbreaking episode on the news yesterday afternoon, where helicopters that … [Read more...]

Land’s End Warning: Order School Uniforms, Get Porn

Upon getting our mail on Saturday we found a pornographic magazine addressed to my name, followed by "A Land's End Bonus". Thanks be to God that our boys had not gotten the mail that day, as they usually do to help their pregnant mama. We were horrified that this could end up in our mailbox via ordering school uniforms from our sweet part time Christian school.A call to Land's End Customer service revealed that any customer placing an on line order of over $100 could be sent this as a "free … [Read more...]

The Pope on Sports

Pope Francis recently shared some beautiful thoughts on sports. Red alludes to this often...the great life lessons that we and our children can learn though sports. "Enter into the game with others and with God; do not be satisfied with a mediocre 'draw,' but instead give the best of yourself, spend your life for what it is really worth and for what will last for ever." Teamwork, discipline, effort, inclusiveness. As someone who grew up an athlete and also helped with Special Olympics, the … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, I am particularly thankful for all of the men and women who have served (and continue to serve) our country in the armed forces, for their families and the sacrifices that they make, and especially for all of those who have sacrificed their lives so that we might enjoy the benefits of living in a free and democratic society. May God bless all of the members of our armed forces and their families, and may God continue to bless and guide the United States of America.A … [Read more...]

“God’s Double Agent” Book Review

Recently, the editors of Patheos offered us the opportunity to read and review Bob Fu and Nancy French's new book entitled "God's Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom." I gladly accepted, as I have been interested in the topic of religious persecution across the globe for quite some time now. As I finished the book, I came away with one dominant thought: Every American needs to read this book.Despite recent attacks on religious freedom in the United States, … [Read more...]

Day of Fasting and Prayer for Syria

Pope Francis has announced for the whole church a day of fasting and prayer on 9/7 to prevent war in Syria.Excerpt from His Holiness's address:To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7  September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Welcomes Family with Anencephalic Baby

My heart is pounding and I am smiling ear to ear as I have just finished reading this article. Pope Francis, during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, welcomed a baby with anencephaly and her family during the offertory procession, giving all of them a blessing. Although most babies with anencephaly do not survive more than a few minutes following birth, this sweet baby girl has defied the odds and is still alive. Pope Francis met this child's parents outside of a cathedral … [Read more...]