A Long Awaited Day

As many wonderful things do, it started with a lemon meringue pie.
It was November 1, 2017. I was sitting in our local Perkins (where one finds great pies) with a few grandsons, our exchange student, and my husband. We were marking what would have been my father’s 101st birthday. His birthday “cake” was always a lemon pie.
My phone rang, and I saw that my son was calling. I expected him to tell me he was coming–or not coming and I should save him a piece of the pie. Instead, he said this: Continue reading “A Long Awaited Day”

HEADlines Update: Alfie Evans Dies

This year once again, I taught William Pitt the Younger’s speech urging the British Parliament to immediately end the horrific slave trade.
Having been the youngest British Prime Minister ever at age 23, Pitt delivered this speech as a seasoned statesman. He’d long been part of an effort–along with William Wilberforce to end slavery, child labor, animal abuse, and abortion.
Wilberforce is the one best remembered for his unflinching efforts to stop the slave trade. Little mention is made today of the other successes these Christian men made–particularly about abortion. Continue reading “HEADlines Update: Alfie Evans Dies”

What Makes a Worthy Life and Who Gets to Decide?

Alfie Evans is a 23-month-old child who has the misfortune of living in the United Kingdom where the government “provides” health care for its citizens.
But only for the citizens it deems worthy of life. And it does not deem Alfie Evans worthy of life.
He’s in a “semi-vegetative state,” they say. A vegetative state means a patient shows ” no evidence of awareness of self or environment and cannot interact with other people.” Therefore, a “semi-vegetative state” would indicate the child is sometimes aware or sometimes can interact.
Alfie suffers from “a degenerative neurological condition that has never been definitively diagnosed by medical specialists.” Continue reading “What Makes a Worthy Life and Who Gets to Decide?”

California Seeks a New Way to Burn Books

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.” Ray Bradbury
My book–Restoring the Shattered–may be banned in California before it hits bookstores in January. A situation, which–if the courts uphold it–may spread to other states.
The California General Assembly has passed a bill (it now goes to the Senate) that would ban the sale of texts that promote the idea that a valid marriage is one that includes one man and one woman only.
That would also mean the bill would ban the sale of the Bible.
Furthermore, under the provisions of the bill, there is no allowance for disagreement about a condition called gender dysphoria–confusion over one’s sexual identity–also known as transgenderism. There will only be one legal way to consider that issue–the way that insists people can choose their own gender and everyone else must agree. This law would mandate affirmation rather than assistance to alleviate the confusion. Continue reading “California Seeks a New Way to Burn Books”

One Step Closer to Publication: 'Restoring the Shattered' Cover

Restoring the Shattered: Illustrating Christ’s Love Through the Church in One Accord is an account of our family’s journey through single-motherhood and material need. Our journey shows the power Christians of varying traditions manifest when we live out the Gospel for the sake of those in need.
Restoring the Shattered: Illustrating Christ’s Love Through the Church in One Accord is not a call to discard our differences and become a melded Christianity devoid of doctrinal distinctions. It’s a call to respect each other and work beside each other to obey Christ’s call for accord, in love for Him, for our Christian siblings, and for those outside the family of faith. Christian accord produces obedience to Christ’s call to minister to those in need.
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A Scary, Quiet Place: A Worthy Film

No spoilers.
In spite of my love for dystopia and The Twilight Zone, I am not a horror movie person. Being scared out of my mind with images that rival or exceed my worst nightmares is not my idea of fun.
But I went to see A Quiet Place anyway.  And I am glad I did.
We went to the late showing. I sat next to my 11-year-old granddaughter whom I have cultivated over the years with Twilight Zone episodes. I love the storytelling. She thrives on the suspense and quirky stories. Not surprisingly, she handled the tension better than I did.
Yet the characters, acting, and unique allegory made my stress worthwhile. The film is beautiful both in its cinematography and in its message. Continue reading “A Scary, Quiet Place: A Worthy Film”

Christian Adoption Under Fire

“Though they might push for it, homosexual couples—and all couples for that matter—possess no right to adopt. Rather, children have a right to grow up with the love that only a mother and a father can jointly provide. Adoption placements should acknowledge that placing a child in a family structure with a married mother and father is in the child’s best interest. Unfortunately, current anti-discrimination policies and judicial decisions often negate the best interest of children in the name of tolerance and equality.” Focus on the Family
We can’t say we didn’t see it all coming when Obergefell became the law of the land in 2015. Same-sex marriage became legal. What became freedom for gays and lesbians to marry became a threat to religious freedom, first regarding the meaning of marriage, and later on, the meaning of family.
But even before Obergefell, SCOTUS had already upheld one lawsuit against a wedding photographer unwilling to compromise his faith and provide services for a gay wedding. Other suits against florists, bakers, and wedding planners followed. Some are pending before the court.
Also under attack are religiously based adoption agencies who refuse to place children in homes with parents other than a married mother and father. Continue reading “Christian Adoption Under Fire”

Can Schools End Bullying?

“Bullying in school is prevalent. You may believe that your child’s school has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, but you would be wrong. . . . The school system is so afraid of lawsuits that they will do anything to prevent punishing a student for bullying, fearing an angry parent will sue.” Anonymous Public School Teacher
But Izzy Kalman in Psychology Today takes a different tack. Kalman says it’s a “false assumption” that “bullying would be stopped if schools would intervene.”
He continues: “Researchers have been finding repeatedly that the most highly respected anti-bullying programs, developed by university-based psychological researchers, barely make a dent in the bullying situation in schools and often result in an increase. Several meta-analyses of school anti-bullying programs have been published since 2004, and they all find that at best they result in a 20% reduction in bullying and often result in an increase. One large-scale study found that children are more likely to be bullied in schools that have anti-bullying programs than in schools that don’t.”
The lack of response is specific to each case. The anti-bullying effort is general to each student body. That’s the problem. Continue reading “Can Schools End Bullying?”

America's Suicide Epidemic

“Society is not a bunch of people way out there who sit around big tables and think up political trends or cultural drifts; society is you. Your actions, your decisions, matter. What you do or don’t do has a ripple effect on everyone around you.” Joni Eareckson Tada 
Two men stand on the balcony of a big city high rise building. One of them is desperate and hopeless. The other is dealing with the baggage from his youth–rejection, anger, bitterness.
It is my favorite television moment ever. NBC’s This Is Us aired an episode in which Randall talks to a friend planning to commit suicide. Andy is losing his marriage and his career. He’s unloaded his belongings of value and plans to leap off the balcony to end his anguish. Continue reading “America's Suicide Epidemic”