Kasich should stop running as “Hugger-in-Chief” – Presidents should not soothe citizens’ souls

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It seemed like it had been a long day. [Read more…]

They Call Us Military “Dependents,” but Dependence Never Looked So Courageous

Guest post by Melissa Kulp Frankenfield


“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidal.” — Florence Nightingale

Fanning the home-front fires requires such a mundane heroism, an attention to domestic affairs while the world whirls. This is too often uncelebrated. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Get Rid of “Spiritual Blind Spots”


Guest post by Bill Blankschaen

We tend to evaluate our life story by what we can see apart from faith, instead of by what we can see when faith opens our eyes. That’s only natural. But when we consider reality from God’s point of view, we start identifying the blind spots that keeping us from living a story worth telling. [Read more…]

Planned Parenthood Videos: Why A Lifelong Democrat Went Independent

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by Jennifer James McCollum  

So say goodbye it’s Independence Day
It’s Independence Day, All down the line

— Springsteen

I live in Oklahoma where every autumn the football rivalry between the state’s two largest universities is as reliable as sorority girls tweeting pictures of their pumpkin spice cappuccinos. Competition wafts its way into every broadcast, every neighborhood bar and grill, local blogs and pulpits.  Occasionally, it even seeps into families with members with opposing loyalties.

Up and down the streets of my city (and I suspect your city, too), house-divided flags billow from porches and pickups. Two school emblems sewn together waving across the plains. Marriage and kinship joined together despite competing values. Let no man put asunder.

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Candace Cameron Bure: Why Chasing Your Dreams is Good for Your Kids



An exclusive guest post by Candace Cameron Bure

I began devoting my Monday and Tuesday nights to watching Dancing with the Stars the very first season it aired. I loved the show—how it followed the contestants’ journeys in a positive light, and was a refreshing breath of fresh air for reality television.

I said to my husband that if I were asked to participate on the show, I would definitely consider it. He probably thought I was a bit crazy, but my ever-supportive Val replied with, “Do what makes you happy.”  [Read more…]