Watch a Christmas Advertisement about Family that Will Make You Cry Unless You are a Cold Hearted Robot

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(h/t to my sister Amy Westerman)

Watch this advertisement that focuses on the importance of family, and I dare you not to cry. A great holiday reminder about the important things of life: [Read more…]

Christmas Book Buying Guide: Top Ten Favorite Books I Read in 2015

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Earlier this year, my daughter Camille and I were talking about the books she was loving.  (Number 9, below, I think!)  “Why don’t you ever read books?” she asked innocently.  It dawned on me that I got into the habit of writing more books than I was reading.  That’s not good.  So, this year, I decided to start reading (the above photo was taken in an airport as I flew to interview an author for writing a book!)  A healthy book habit makes life a lot richer. [Read more…]

The San Bernardino Shootings and the Cost of “Clock Boy” Hysteria

A shooting in California happened suddenly and without warning. [Read more…]

The Scary Stories You SHOULD Be Telling Your Kids

Terrified and surprised two little children

Flannelgraphs. [Read more…]

No, America Doesn’t Have a Christian Terrorism Problem

One of the more frustrating aspects of modern political discourse is the automatic, knee jerk reaction from some segments to appropriate the latest tragedy to promote their political point of view.  Dan Arel, a prominent Patheos Atheism blogger, jumped to some illogical conclusions in the emotional aftermath of the tragic Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, when he wrote, “I am far more afraid of the white male, American pro-life advocate than I am of any single Syrian refugee.” The title of the post, by the way, is  “Christian terrorism is a bigger threat to U.S. freedom than Islamic extremism.” [Read more…]