The Good Old Days

On a visit to the St. Louis Gateway Arch a couple of years ago, I bought a copy of a book I couldn’t help noticing in the gift shop: The Good Old Days—They Were Terrible! This book, written by Otto L. Bettmann and published in 1974, contains photographs and written descriptions of life in the […]

On Wildfires and Wind

Today I’m feeling vulnerable. Last week, like most people, I watched the news unfold as wildfires spread across Colorado and consumed so many homes in Colorado Springs. Staring at images of flames consuming those houses, I felt the same sense of helpless shock as everyone else. I also felt a sickening sense of recognition. A […]

Why I’m Not Shocked by Fifty Shades of Grey

Well, this book has created quite a stir. From blogs to backyard barbecues, from Saturday Night Live to moms sitting by the pool this summer, it seems everyone is talking about Fifty Shades of Grey. Many people have written Christian responses to the popularity of this title, reflecting disgust and sadness over the idea that […]

Disrepecting Dads, Part 2

…continued from Disrespecting Dads, Part 1 Dads, you’re not idiots; you’re not extraneous. We all need you. Not to be stereotypical men, not to be a new kind of men, but just to be your best selves, engaged with the people in your lives. You may not realize most moms are terrified by the role […]

Disrespecting Dads, Part 1

Two weekends ago, I participated in a 5K run at Chicago’s Soldier Field, along with thousands of other people. Why the great turnout? It wasn’t because the event offered a beautiful course for running (it was pretty lame, actually). Not because the competition was good (it wasn’t), because the weather was nice (it was way […]

The Women’s Candidate?

I’m not a fan of politics. In fact, I cringe at campaign ads, rallies, debates, bumper stickers, and just about everything else dedicated to helping people grab and maintain political power. I have a couple of friends who watch the details of elections the way baseball fans watch statistics, the way serious investors watch the […]

What Is God’s Personality?

I have personality envy. Recently, I called my husband’s attention to a woman we interact with frequently at a medical office. I told my husband, “She has the kind of personality I’ve always wanted.” She’s warm and personable, friendly but not intrusive.  She seems naturally kind and steady, and she puts people at ease. And […]

When Women Stop Competing and Share

Economists tell us a fundamental principle of their discipline lies in the relationship between scarcity and competition. When a resource is scarce (or perceived as such), people feel an increased need to compete for that resource. In general, the more severe the limitation, the more desirable that resource appears and the fiercer the competition. Sociologists, […]

Leading Your Leaders

As a leader, it’s easy to understand and embrace your responsibility for those entrusted to your leadership. But how often do you think about your responsibility to lead your leaders? Try these 10 strategies for exercising your leadership skills in relationship to those who lead you.   1. Pray for them. This is pretty self-explanatory. […]

A Self-Denial Comeback?

Through happenstance, I recently found myself touring the exhibit hall at a kitchen and bath expo. It was in a large hall, filled with booths displaying everything from faucets to flooring, countertops to bathtubs, sinks, and plumbing supplies. In one booth, I was astonished to see portable camping stoves with ovens. Now that’s living the […]

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