Thursday, November 14th, 2013 08:58:28

Baby Angel

Autumn has always been a transitional season for me. As a child, I saw it as the time when the carefree days of summer changed to conform with the structure and requirements of school. The same held true through college....

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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 08:57:44

A Need for Real — Not Fake — Transformation

Transformation is fascinating, especially when the change is dramatic and you can see it happen before your very eyes. That point was underscored to me this week by "Body Evolution" by Global Democracy, a video that was released two years....

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 08:57:14

A Halloween Treat, Without the Sugar Coating

This phase is fun and interesting. The children have their own personalities and interests. They are interactive and inquisitive. Jimmy and I focus on helping them navigate their paths and learn from their mistakes, rather than doing things for them.....

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 08:56:37

Words Matter

When our oldest child was an infant, I talked to her nonstop. It was an ongoing monologue, a narrative of her life in progress. Topics included what we were doing, where we were going, what I was dressing her in,....

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013 08:55:07

The Case for Optimism

The current budget impasse might have made you a bit blue. Ups and downs are normal in life, but when the potential of a debt default is the news, it's easy to forget the ups. In "Learned Optimism, How to....

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 08:54:38

It’s Frustrating, but it Beats the Alternative

Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance. Having the government shut down, well, it's inconvenient for many of us -- no museums, zoos....

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 08:54:06

Focus on What Works

At times it can be discouraging: News out of Washington focuses on the negative, partisanship and gridlock. Our fiscal year begins Oct. 1. In theory, our government should have an annual budget approved before the new year begins. Instead, the....

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 08:53:31

Smart Power Versus Serendipity

Serendipitous events do not a strategy make. Watching events surrounding Syria unfold the last few weeks, and the Obama administration and media's cheers of victory these last few days, is proof that our current leadership does not understand the difference....

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013 08:52:46

Obama on Syria: Following from Behind

Out of the corner of my eye, as I was passing a television, I saw a plane fly into a building. The sound was not on, and I thought, it must be a small plane and a small building. An....

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Thursday, September 5th, 2013 08:52:12

Red Lines

Good parents eventually learn that lines in the sand are useful only if enforced. Inevitably, red lines will be stepped on or, more often than not, jumped over. If the lines have no meaning, children will realize that their parents....

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