Charlie Brown Versus Turbo: Are “Self Esteem Movies” Damaging to Kids?

Over at The Atlantic, Luke Epplin has a dash of tonic for the soul of every parent weary of the cult of self-esteem. Examining recent kids movies, like Turbo and Planes, Epplin takes the “if you can dream it, you can do it” mentality and does more than merely mock it (though mocking can be fun), he demonstrates how they actually denigrate the everyday hard work and true virtue that builds healthy cultures:

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Yes, There is Evidence God Exists

On an October day in 1995, I was diagnosed with an incurable disease. I’d been sick for several weeks, with stomach pain so severe and debilitating that I was certain I was suffering from a food-borne illness like E. Coli.  I’d lost almost 20 pounds, I was unable to eat, and I hadn’t been to work in almost two full weeks.  After extensive (and intrusive) testing, my doctor delivered the news. Ulcerative colitis. [Read more...]

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Breastfeeding or Manners: Let’s Have Both

I’ve been asked to write some weekly columns for a new magazine called Rare.  This week, I talk about breastfeeding in public:

I gave birth in Ithaca, New York, one of the most “breast-feeding friendly” cities in the nation. [Read more...]

Imagine Getting into a Cab and Realizing Your Driver Was the President

You overslept on the very morning you have that very important appointment. [Read more...]

Gospel Singer Cut From MLK Event Over Gay Rights

I think we’re going to be hearing more and more stories like this. [Read more...]


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