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This is a love story about a man I have never met: a World War II veteran whose life profoundly affected my family history. Incredibly, his name was Dick Clark, and he was an U.S. Army Captain. Of importance to this story, he was my great-grandmother’s first husband.   His presence in her...
Ecclesiastes 12:1  Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them."    In a recent article, we addressed King Solomon's lament, "'Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher. 'Utterly...
A truly pro-life culture must be one in which society is agreed about one very important thing: accepting the benefit of sexual activity is accepting the risk that accompanies it. To borrow an example from author Jennifer Fulwiler, every culture has two unspoken lists: a list of circumstances in...
In the previous installment of this series, I explored what I called matters of compassion. Some of the most compelling parts of the pro-choice argument are the calls for compassion for women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant.  It is useful at this juncture to consider the future that...
I think of myself as a compassionate person. It’s the reason why I find the idea of an abortion repugnant. So, how do I answer the pro-choice side’s call for compassion for a desperate mother who “exercises her right to choose?” How do I respond to intelligent women, many of whom are my...
In the first installment of this series, I made the argument that allowing women to buy into fear and doubt about whether they can effectively raise an unexpected child is an affront to what women can accomplish. It’s a sexist idea. A logical rebuttal is some women who choose not to have their...
As a conservative woman in my 30s, I sometimes feel like the proverbial Dutch boy with his finger in a dam, standing singly yet resolutely before a flood. Among those of my generation and younger, I hear a lot of talk about “being on the right side of history.” The idea is to believe and behave...
According to the persimmons, we are going to have snow this winter! My kids certainly hope this is the case. About this time every year, local conversations inevitably include references to persimmons—if they’re ripe, who has found a big crop, and what the seeds forecast about the impending...
This week’s edible is often considered just a nuisance weed, yet it’s more nutritious than kale, so it deserves a little consideration. It’s often called pigweed, but pigweed is a nickname given to a number of weeds. There are several varieties of amaranth, all edible, some that are cultivated...
Exodus 12:23-24 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an...

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