February 28, 2018

You might have already read many reviews of the latest movie sensation, the Black Panther. But have you read one from a social worker’s analytical perspective? Neither black nor white, but holistic and systemic? There’s nothing typical about Ryan Coogler’s Marvel blockbuster movie. For one, it’s a predominantly Black cast full of good looking, powerful people with superpowers. It also has strong political messages but manages to please Americans of various political persuasions. I know conservatives and progressives of various… Read more

February 20, 2018

Did you know that Christian parents have been in the resistance movement long before the popularity of hashtags? Many people know about a popular new trend called #resist or #theresistance. Three decades ago, Star Wars may have popularized the term, referring to a small but brave group of rebels fighting against an evil force that’s perceived to be overtaking the galaxy. Today, Americans who believe that President Trump and the Republican Party stand only for bad things have used these… Read more

February 13, 2018

Americans are getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Do you have a true love to celebrate with? In order to find true love, we’ve got to know what it is, what it looks like. Fortunately or unfortunately, our first examples of true love are our parents. They are supposed to be our first heroes–bigger, wiser grownups who teach us about sacrificial, unconditional love. The truth is that they don’t always get it right, although some come closer than others. They… Read more

January 30, 2018

Are we hypocritical promoters of “family values”? Read more

January 22, 2018

Code switching means that people tend to use different language, mannerisms, and behaviors depending on which situation they are in. Read more

January 15, 2018

The term, “nuclear family,” (NF) is not common vernacular. If, like me, you are a biology major, then you might immediately think of the nucleus of a cell–the most basic, simple structure that controls mammalian life. NF refers to a family with a mother, father, and their biological child(ren). l first read about NF in psychology textbooks and later in social work textbooks. The term is rarely used or written about outside of academia. It’s becoming increasingly politically incorrect, much… Read more

December 29, 2017

Here are 10 practical ways you can choose people over politics. Read more

December 15, 2017

Well, congratulations!! Give yourself a pat on the back, Momma! You are doing something right to just be okay! Mothering is hard. It’s the journey that seems to be full of scary, steep mountains when the kids are little. From the round the clock physical care of our precious, fragile baby, to 24/7 supervision of our rambunctious toddler’s well being, to the constant concern for the kindergartener’s social, emotional, and spiritual development, mothering appears to be a nonstop responsibility that… Read more

December 2, 2017

When my boys were still in elementary school, I remember hearing older parents say that “girls are easier to raise when they’re young but harder when they get to high school. Boys are just the opposite– harder at first but much easier to parent as teens compared to girls.” They were referring to female wiles, tears, mood swings, and relationship drama. Of course these are generalizations and there are always moms who feel differently. Take me, for instance. I thought,… Read more




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