The Family

Rachel Allison Moms and Dads, do your homework where your children are concerned…I wish I had. My young children spent their summers in southern Colorado surrounded by beautiful ten-thousand foot mountains, and near several streams where they fished for hours most every day.  If they weren’t fishing...

Maddi Gillel Editor’s note:  This is the third in a series on education.  To see “The High Water Mark,” go here, the second article, “The Nose Dive,” is here. The value of the second cycle is that many have learned the hard way what works to make...

Rachel Allison All four of my sons are Eagle Scouts.  I helped all four of them prepare for any situation as they packed for those monthly campouts and annual scout camps.  I watched them think through the “what ifs” of all the situations for which the...

Maddi Gillel Editor's note:  This is the second in a series on education.  To see "The High Water Mark," go here. The second phase began around 1887.  There were those who wanted to experiment with ideas to make changes in the system: 1-The populist movement demanded that the...

Rachel Allison Reading Ann Bailey’s article about the studies that have come out against the Federal Government’s Head Start preschool program must be discouraging to those whose intentions may have been positive and even altruistic.  But the years of time and effort and billions of dollars...

Kristi Kane Growing up, my parents gave me good advice. I didn't realize how good until I got married. From my Dad, I learned the importance of making wise financial decisions like “putting money aside for a rainy day,” (or saving), and “living within your means”...

Maddi Gillel “The strict discipline in educational preparation for professional life is described by John Adams.  By the time his son, John Quincy Adams was 18, the youth had become fairly proficient in Latin, French, and Greek.  He had also studied English and French literature, many...

Rachel Allison This post may offend some of our readers.  If I say something that hits too close to home, just honestly evaluate your child’s involvement and if necessary ignore my observations. My children grew up during the skate-board craze in our neighborhood.  All of their friends...

Rachel Allison Last week I wrote about Hydeia Broadbent, a young woman’s crusade to stop HIV/AIDS. This week I want to write about some of the “lesser” sexually-transmitted diseases and other problems that are caused by “hooking up.” There are 19 million new infections of sexually transmitted gonorrhea,...