Tag: Families

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“Some people learn through wide reading. Some learn through observing the experiences of others. But some people just have to touch the hot wire for themselves….” That old saw came to mind during Passover, when my daughter’s young sister-in-law called up to tell us we were hosting an engagement party for her that week. We […]

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I’m confused. Last week-end I saw a Fox show with a lovely host named Rachel Campos Duffy—smart, funny, informed. And she had eight kids. More

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Throughout our lives, at one time or another, we all feel that we are included and engaged with the people in our lives; at other times we feel like we are outsiders looking in. When we reflect on our families, our religions, the clubs we belong to, the politics we hold dear, we might believe […]

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Each family has its own character, its own way of functioning (or not functioning). Everyone who lives in the house learns the language and the mindset of their family. One of the interesting parts of getting engaged is that it’s the beginning of more intimate interaction with a family that may be very different from […]

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Thesis: For 55 years conservatives would eventually win every argument on economics, trade, and immigration by chaining liberals to the whippin’ post of data analytics. America is now on the brink of ruin, conservatism on the brink of irrelevancy, and the two political parties are stranded on terra incognita. If conservatives don’t stop winning arguments […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Hidden Message of Same-Sex Marriage

 

shutterstock_219219871The four dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges lucidly expressed the profound offense against constitutional law and representative democracy the ruling represents. In short, five lawyers, accountable to no one, chose to legislate on a profoundly consequential matter that the people were just beginning to address through democratic means. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “Who do we think we are?” If justices cannot resist the urge to legislate, let’s drop the pretense that constitutional law is guided by neutral principles and at least give the people the option to vote justices in (and out).

That the court has struck a blow for gay rights is true enough (and treating homosexuals with respect is long overdue). Unfortunately, the claim that this ruling also strengthens marriage is almost certainly false. To understand why is also to answer the question so often pressed as a taunt by gay marriage supporters: How can extending marriage to gays possibly affect your marriage? The answer lies in the hidden message.

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Marriage itself is a frequent subject here in Ricoland. We poke and prod at what it means today, what it meant in the past, “Traditional Marriage”, “Same Sex Marriage”, whether children are better off being raised by married parents, etc. What we have avoided, however, is Divorce. Sure, we condemn it, we condemn the consequences […]

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moneyThere have been a lot of statistics thrown around this past week about race, violence, crime, and families. But this one, from The Guardian, brought me up short:

One study shows that while a white family turns every $1 of income into $5 of wealth, for the typical African American family that $1 translates into a mere 69 cents of wealth

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For all we fawn over celebrating mothers, or mother-figures on this holiday, we often forget that this day causes a fair amount of discomfort, or even pain for those parents and children whose relationships are rocky, or have failed altogether. Not all relationships transition well from childhood to adulthood, while other relationships falter later on. […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. America’s War on Kids — Jeffrey Earl Warren

 

What is it with today’s attitude towards kids? Why have we adults turned against them? What did they ever do to us?

A while back, the unelected tree committee in our small town was raising a fuss about how the new skateboard park was going to take out a few scraggly trees in a city-owned park.

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