LIFE WITHOUT DO-SI-DOS: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Girl Scouts

 Who can turn away a sweet little girl, boxes of cookies in her wagon, smiling hopefully at your front door? And who can turn down the savory pleasures to be found in every box of Thin Mints and Samoas and Savannahs?  *     *     *     *     * Well, I can.You see, the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies are divided:  You may be happy with your local Scout leader, happy with the projects undertaken by your local Girl Scout Council.  However, while a portion of the proceeds of co … [Read more...]

Detacho: Modular Dollhouses for Fractured Families

Okay, now this is just sad.Toys help children to learn and prepare them for life.  That’s why industrial designer Ben Forman (benformandesign.co.uk) has introduced a new dollhouse to help today’s modern preschooler prepare for the inevitable unhappy changes in her family structure.  It’s called Detacho.Detacho families, like so many contemporary American families, can reconfigure themselves, either expanding with the birth of new siblings, or separating into smaller groups of married or divor … [Read more...]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD! This One’s For You!

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My father Roy “Bud” Davis, had he not succumbed to cancer in his early 40s, would be 84 years old today.Dad was a man of faith and high moral principles.  He was a quiet man, even stoic—but Dad was not afraid to challenge someone who skidded across his clear line of acceptable behavior.  For example, he could not abide a man who would use the Lord’s name in vain.  Dad belonged to the Holy Name Society—and when he occasionally heard someone, even a stranger, speak the name of the Son of God in … [Read more...]


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