The Family

by Christie Masters When my children were very young, I answered questions like “Mommy, where do babies come from?” with a comfortably undetailed, “They are a gift from God”. This worked until one of my young daughters wanted to know if she would be given a...

Only by ignoring their story could one assume that the Pilgrim Fathers did not come to this country for religious freedom.  by Mary Jane Fritzen When visiting Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts one Thanksgiving Day , I studied Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, by William Bradford, a Pilgrim...

by Rachel Mallory Remember that sweet song most of us learned when we were young that stated "Kindness Begins with Me"? Well, through lots of personal experience, I've learned that the opposite is also true. Contention also begins with me, even when it doesn't. Realizing this has...

By Jessica Westfall Last week Johann Hari's views on drug legalization and human connections were explored, let's look at an opposing side. Addiction psychiatrist from Arizona, Dr. Ed Gogek, has written a book titled, Marijuana Debunked. While Gogek focuses on marijuana he asserts this is the start to...

by Erin Weist Recently, a leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spoke out in plea to women everywhere to stand strong in their faith and their calling as women.  President Russell M. Nelson spoke in Salt Lake City, Utah in a worldwide...

by Jessica Westfall Part 1 This is the first of a three part series exploring the debate around legalization of marijuana and decriminalization of all drugs. “Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong” is a TED talk by Johann Hari. It has become pretty popular, it's...

by Mekelle Tenney I recently became an official stay at home mom. My husband and I had our first child three months ago. About three weeks before our daughter was born I clocked out for my last day of work…well my last day of work at...

by Rebecca Mallory We hear it every four years. "This is the most important election of our lifetime!" I contend that that somewhat trite statement will never prove more true than in 2016. Never before has the very fabric of America been shredded and torn apart as...

By Diane Robertson Parental rights in the United States are under attack. Among imposing state and city laws, to federal regulations, to over-zealous social workers, many parents are finding that their right to educate, discipline, teach independence, and decide what is best for their children’s health...

  by Erin Weist Parenting is hard.  Anyone who disagrees has probably never been a parent.  But it is beautiful and worthwhile and honorable and gut-wrenchingly fulfilling at the same time.  Let me explain with an example.  This has been a tough week in our house, parenting-wise....