Do we see that we each have the power to change this?

Do we see that we each have the power to change this?

Here are a few interesting dots to connect. Yesterday CNN covered loads about their own media industry. Wait, is that a circular reference? No matter. They featured a shouting panel of experts arguing whether or not we should vilify the writers of Glee who predictably leveraged the public debate of guns in schools to desperately elevate their ratings. An equal number of arguments expressed moral devastation as those expressing the show’s right to be current. Immediately following that story was a follow up to the true story about the young woman who was raped after passing out at a party, and then committed suicide after the horrendous assault was publicized on social media. I confess to seeing a connection in these two reports and their tragic realities. The...

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Which article surprises you more?

Which article surprises you more?

Today’s news connection: The Huffington Post reports on what men say about their ex-wives.  This oughta be good.  Click. The statements are contradictory and, on the surface a bit whiny.  But when you stop to consider the deeper meaning, (which might be risky) the potential truth huddled beneath the whining is quite important. And the reality is magnified.  The statements are true…. each one. How much do we honor their needs without worrying about our own being neglected?  Hmmmmm. It seems that we still have lots to learn about the inexpressible fulfillment of sacrificial marital love; that it returns manifold, mountaintop joy. I know: it’s so not ingrained in our world.  We struggle with equality, feminism and some misguided belief that couples have a...

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Hey! What’s This About Wimpification?

Hey! What’s This About Wimpification?

Yesterday I read an article regarding actual government legislation in Florida regulating the apparently ghastly practice of dying baby chicks in celebration of Easter.  Ahh.The controversial baby chick legislation. Avoiding the general debate about how our paid politicians are spending their time, I averted my eyes and moved on, in search of more meaningful news to follow. Behold.  President Obama apparently made a sweetly protective comment about his imaginary son who probably would never be allowed to play any hypothetical game of football because the sport is becoming noticeably increasingly dangerous.  And while that story in itself isn’t particularly noteworthy, it provided the impetus for an editorial titled THE WIMPIFICATION OF AMERICA, creating the...

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Modeling persistence and leading an adventurous life.

Modeling persistence and leading an adventurous life.

We’ve never doubted for a moment that our family was meant to make this move.  Four years ago when we leaped out of our highly chaotic lives in Chicago to move to West Michigan to accept a wonderful position at a fine company, we knew in our hearts and minds it was excellent.  It was time to change. In that day, our eldest at home was an incoming high school junior, and neighborhood jaws dropped when we shared our plans to move “at such an important time in his life.”  How could we? It wasn’t a flippant or easy decision. But in the end, all three kids were up for the adventure and once we knew which school district we preferred, we let Eldest Boy choose a particular school before we selected a house.  Since then, his path has been clearly blessed by...

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Christmastime Commercialism and Holiday Connectedness.

Christmastime Commercialism and Holiday Connectedness.

After a long break with three separate marathon gatherings of fabulous family, holiday traveling and welcoming guests here, we’re hobbling toward the [welcome] regimen of school and structured work.  So what did we learn during this precious season? That we are a family of connectedness. For better or worse, Mac or PC, screens are a reality of us. Everyone has a laptop (half are hand-me-downs) and everyone has an iPhone. (Though Jack is still dismayed that he can’t use his hand-me-down iPhone3 to call …. anyone.).  I face the truth: we’re a commercial and connected family. With two marketer and tech-smart parents, our kids have grown up with an extra dose of media savvy as part of their DNA. As we watched the NBA marathon on Christmas Day, we had as much...

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