Why wait until you’re a grandparent? Take your second chance NOW.

One of the common statements I hear today when I talk with grandparents is, “I’m loving this second-chance at parenting.” I’m all for second chances and for grandparents making the most of grand-parenting, but it seems that if we first-chance parents can anticipate the need for a second chance twenty or thirty years down the [Read More…]

“Senator Warren, we’re dealing with two bodies, not one.”

I’m troubled. Senator Elizabeth Warren, speaking against the bill introduced to the U.S. Senate yesterday, said: “The Republican vote to defund Planned Parenthood is just one more piece of a deliberate, methodical, orchestrated, right-wing attack on women’s rights, and I’m sick and tired of it.” She also said, “The Republicans have had a plan for [Read More…]

If they were dead puppy parts…

If they were dead puppy parts, or parts from homosexual babies, or babies that self-identified as adults, it’d be a different story. Meaning, it would be a story. But as it is, the fact that these fetuses don’t look like puppies, and their sexual orientation cannot yet be determined, and their sexual-identity cannot yet be [Read More…]

Are overprotective parents HURTING their children?

Last week, my 11-year old son asked if he could use my 18-inch chainsaw to clear dead trees out of our shelterbelt. In the deepest voice he could muster, he stated, “I’ve got that little hatchet you gave me, Dad… but it’s not quite cutting it.” (Not sure if the pun was intended.) One of [Read More…]

Little friends “roar” in Lucy’s honor

“The past is never dead, it is not even past.” ~William Faulkner It’s January 13, and many of us are feeling the sense of possibility that comes with a new year. But, many of us are also feeling a bit blue. There’s not quite enough sun around the Midwest these days, and Vitamin D levels, like daily [Read More…]

Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes

“Would you tell me about your dad?” That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have come alive inside, smiling ear to ear as they tell me stories of the strength [Read More…]


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