It’s Not Easy Being Green

I was green before green was hip. In the mid 1990s I used cloth diapers on my babies. I have always used both sides...

Training to Distraction

I have to admit to some skepticism when it comes to new medical disorders. Take ADD, for instance. There is no way that such...

The Hormones Made Me Do It

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Prince Albert baby who had been abandoned by his mother after being born head first in...

Splitting Up is Hard to Do

At one time, a grade one teacher welcoming twenty-three smiling, fresh faces on the first day of school would be considered akin to a...

‘Tis the Season to be CHRISTMAS!

I am decorating my Christmas tree. I am trying to persuade my husband to hang our Christmas lights. I am going shopping for Christmas...

The Gift Giving Shuffle

I love craft fairs, and craft fairs love me right back. I’m very lucrative for them, because I can’t resist interesting and creative things,...

Differing Agendas

Most parents have an agenda when it comes to their kids, and so they should. We are the ones with the biggest stake in...

A Trip to the Library

One of the reasons we decided to homeschool our daughters was the inane “book-in-a-bag” program the Board of Education had going when Rebecca was...

Made for Each Other

In my marriage, I tend to be the one who wrecks the cars. Keith wrecks the laundry, but that doesn’t cost nearly as much....

Ending Harassment

A friend of mine is having his name dragged through the mud in a quasi-sexual harassment suit. The whole episode has got me thinking...

Sacrificial Love

In 2005, Maureen Faibish’s 12-year-old son was killed by a pit bull. She was remarkably philosophical about it. “It was Nicky’s time to go.”...

FAMILY VALUES: Ending Marriage’s Bad Rap

If an alien were to peruse the magazines at the checkout counter, he or she would likely conclude that humans are all masochists: we’re...

How Times Change

For a thought experiment in this first column of 2009, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how things have changed in...

In Love with Freedom

We love freedom. Indeed, one can sum up the history of humankind from 1750 onwards as the quest for freedom, most ambitiously first in...

Of Hope and Healing

Apparently there was once a time in Western civilization when children were seen but not heard. Yesterday, when eating at a fast food restaurant,...