There is no middle ground with teenagers. Everything is awesome. Or . . . everything is so far from awesome that there are no words. Here are just a few examples from the news.
Last week on the radio I learned about 50 texting acronyms. These are codes kids are using to keep parents in the dark. Every time you think you are doing a good thing by checking texts and Instagram, the kids seem to be one step ahead... Read More
Last week Pentecostal televangelist Creflo Dollar caused something of a stir when his ministry put out videos asking for 200,000 people each to give him $300 or more so that he could buy a new Gulfstream G650 private jet—sticker price $65 million. Apparently his old jet was worn out; back in November it had slid off a runway at a London airport.
In succeeding days the mockery and blowback from this announcement were so ferocious that the ministry’s PR firm... Read More
Okay, I’m not even a mom yet, but I’ve watched a Similac commercial on YouTube at least five times now . . . because I hope and pray to be a mother soonish and “mommy wars” intrigue and scare me.
The mommy wars Similac video called The Mother ’Hood is both hilarious and heartwarming. It’s marketing at its finest. But marketing ploy aside, the video depicts a playground scene that is sadly not too far from reality. Picture a Jets versus Sharks... Read More
Spring came all of a sudden to the frozen chosen in the Upper Midwest this year. God abruptly turned up the thermostat and huge piles of snow disappeared within a week. Woo-hoo! You can’t imagine our delight and ecstasy unless you’ve actually endured one of our long winters.
One of my most beloved sights is the scattering of debris left on the strip of grass between the sidewalk and street. I love it—it means it’s time to rake instead of... Read More
Last week Lt. Commander Wes Modder, a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, was reassigned because of his views on sex—especially premarital sex and homosexuality. A letter by his commanding officer stated that Modder is “unable to function in the diverse and pluralistic environment.”
Basically, in counseling sessions Modder shared with people what the Bible says. This didn’t go over well on a base where the CO had told him not to pray in Jesus’ name.
My initial reaction? I’m not surprised.... Read More
The 19th season of ABC’s The Bachelor just ended, and I’m not a happy girl.
Not because “the bachelor” dumped my favorite contestant. It’s because of how the show’s producers portrayed her.
I can summarize my irritation with how the show’s host introduced the final episode. When announcing the last two contestants remaining for the bachelor to choose from, he said something like this: “We have Whitney, the fertility nurse from Chicago, and then there’s Becca, the virgin from San... Read More
Have you seen the new Love Has No Labels video? In it, a giant X-ray shows the skeletons of people dancing and hugging and kissing. As they step out from behind the screen, people of different religions, colors, and abilities, as well as people of same gender, are greeted with shouts and applause.
“Love is love,” the public service announcement proclaims.
You might be expecting me to rail against this commercial. Honestly though, part of me agrees with the concept. After... Read More
So—do you want President Obama to escalate the U.S. military presence in the Mideast against ISIS, or do you dread our getting entangled in another war with murky objectives and a little-understood enemy? The president has vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.” So far our military action has been limited to airstrikes, and ISIS is far from destroyed.
The ISIS leadership has waged a most unusual PR campaign. They are tech savvy and... Read More
Kelly Gissendaner is a murderer. In 1997 she and her lover conspired to kill her husband, and her boyfriend stabbed him to death. She was sentenced to death in 1998 and after 18 years on death row is scheduled to be executed soon.
It’s a disgusting crime. Stabbing someone to death. Fueled by adultery. I don’t think anyone would argue that she deserved anything less than a life sentence.
But the Kelly who is scheduled for lethal injection is not... Read More
The responses continue to come in from my “Just-for-Fun Sex” and “Blaming Women” blog posts. It has even occasioned some rather brisk debates between the men and women in our office. One of our female staffers has a college-aged son who rolled his eyes at her and told her that everybody in his world is having sex. She was afraid to ask about him.
Reacting to my comment that husbands and fathers need to make their wives and daughters feel... Read More