“How have you and you wife Genie stayed together for almost 50 years given that, quite frankly, Frank, you were once such an A-hole?”

"How can I make my relationships and my life work?"Hint:It isn't anything you'll learn about male or female orgasms online.The Alpha Males on Wall Street and running Silicon Valley have nothing to teach you.The Alpha Females at your local Women's Studies program have nothing for you either...A happy life is about......choosing to not be a male or female "Alpha" jerk and put people first, not career, position or income.Be "powerful" if you must... but...in only … [Read more...]

Here’s What I’ve Learned from the Experiences Offered by Life In General, And by Fatherhood and Grandparenthood In Particular: Beauty Matters More than Career

Once during a brief visit home while I was on a particularly travel-filled and arduous university lecture tour in 2014, my granddaughter Lucy (then 5) asked me plaintively, “Ba, but why are you traveling so much?”“To sell my latest book,” I said. “I earn my living as a writer.”She thought about this for a few moments and then stated emphatically, “Ba, you should write less!”It seems to me that Lucy had already gotten one thing right: she intuitively knew that our human connections are … [Read more...]

The alphabet Trump will teach your kids

The new improved Republican Party alphabet Trump will teach your kids. Working to create a nation of thugs.P.S. If you want to know a little more about where I'm coming from and my perspective on politics, religion and the intersection of faith and life-- here's a new movie about me. (It's below the poster on YouTube) scroll down and watch it for free...WATCH "Let me be FRANK" HERE:Follow Frank on Twitter www.twitter.com/frankschaefferSee Frank’s paintings h … [Read more...]

Will you help me by writing something for me to include in my new book?

Dear Family, Will you help me by writing something for me to include in my new book?I’m writing a new book on children, art, and family and what to pass on to those we love most. Will you write me an email today about who and what most inspired you as a child to love art, music, dance, poetry, reading, nature and learning? Will you share what you are doing for and with your children, grandchildren, pupils, or other kids?In your letter tell me who you are and about your e … [Read more...]

Our Grandfather/Granddaughter Lucy & “Ba” Art/Icon Art Project

I've just launched a new show of icon art I collaborated with my 7 year old granddaughter Lucy on. She draws the pictures and I paint them in. A motif in modern art has been to capture the primitive forms and childlike wonder present in children's art. I've gone one better and actually am working with a child in an equal partnership. And this isn't just any child, this is the little girl for whom Genie and I provide daily care. She is my heart. These paintings are about the love that drives me … [Read more...]

Recovering Grace provides a unique perspective in that it was founded and is operated by adults (and their spouses) who were raised as children in Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute

Here is something good a group of evangelicals are doing. You should know about a group call "Recovering Grace" and pass on the information. I'm including material from their site. Some of the essays published on this site are deeply moving stories of survival, recovery and hope-- after Bill Gothard ruined people's lives...Recovering Grace is an online organization devoted to helping people whose lives have been impacted by the teachings of Bill Gothard, the Institute in Basic Life … [Read more...]

Why Do Right Wing Christian Families Think They “Own” Their Children?

"In the Iron Age mindset of the Bible writers, children are not individual persons who have their own thoughts, with corresponding rights. Rather, like livestock and slaves, they are possessions of the male head of household, and the biblical framework governing treatment of children is property laws, not individual rights laws."The term chattelrefers to moveable personal property, economic assets that are not real estate. In the Bible, children, like slaves and livestock, are chattel. Male … [Read more...]

The impact of Jesus’ feminism has yet to be fully realized

The impact of Jesus’ feminism has yet to be fully realized. Even famous women receive an extraordinary amount of abuse.Women are attacked with sexual innuendo and threats of sexual violence online. Feminists who ask for basic respect and equality are belittled.If a woman calls out gender bias, she is likely to hear, “strident bitch with no sense of humor!” In our culture, an admirably strong woman is deemed “not a lady.” Being seen as nurturing is also seen as a political weakness, even b … [Read more...]