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The future of the American Dream

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One of the things my husband loves to do with our family is take road trips. Ever since our kids were in diapers we would strap them in the car seats at least twice a year and take road trips along the East Coast.

During these excursions we would always point out the beauty and variety we saw as we drove from city to city, and state to state. We marvel at God’s creation and the vast and varied landscapes and natural resources we have in America. Read More»

Do churches have role in politics?

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As a Christian and someone who considers it a privilege to live in this country, I find myself being drawn into questions of politics and asking myself this very question: does faith, in general, and Christianity in particular, have any place in politics?

Honestly, I don’t have a concrete answer. I am at the point where I am trying to understand what appears to me to be a deliberate abstinence of many Christians and churches from politics all together. Read More»

Turkey Day, Duck Dynasty style

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I never thought I would say this, but I am definitely a Duck Dynasty fan. My appreciation for the show, however, was not love at first sight, because I proverbially, “judged the book by its cover.” I thought there was nothing this group of self-professed “rednecks” and I would have in common.

However, one fateful evening I decided to watch the hit series. To my surprise, I found myself smiling at the gentle and country ways of sweet Mrs. Kay, laughing out loud at the slow witticism of Pa Phil and Jase, and busting a gut at Uncle Si, “simply telling the truth, Jack!” Read More»

Moving past unhealthy politics

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Just this past Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fully fund the government so Social Security recipients, veterans, military, and schools would all receive budgeted funding for the upcoming year, but it did not include funding for Obamacare.

As part of the separate, but equal, legislative branch of government, the House of Representatives, is responsible for setting federal budgets. This means they have the authority to fund or not fund programs based on whether or not they think it is in the best interest of their constituents. Read More»

Making healthcare affordable

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In 2010 my family was among the often cited 30 million uninsured that the Affordable Healthcare Act was supposed to help.

We were self-employed, but with a burgeoning small business, and small children, with concomitant wellness checkups and dental visits, for example, my husband and I thought that purchasing health insurance was simply too expensive. Read More»

The 4 fallacies of Obamacare

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As someone who is self-employed, my family decided it was simply too expensive to purchase traditional health insurance. So, we’ve opted to go with health savings account (HSA).

While it was substantially less expensive, it was still more than we had ever paid for health insurance, and as we approach 2014 when the “benefits” of Affordable Health Care for America Act (also known as Obamacare) are supposed to kick in, after paying the increased tax rates for the past three years, I keep thinking, this is not what we bargained for. Read More»

Back to school and learning to let go

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My oldest daughter started middle school last week, and it felt like kindergarten all over again.

It was just a week before that we were both full of excitement and expectation, as we shopped for new clothes and school supplies, and imagined how her middle school would be different from elementary school.

Now, that first day has come. I dropped her off, and all the kids went into the school gym. Due to the school closures, the school had grown to nearly 1,000 students, and our little girl was definitely a little fish in a much bigger pond. Read More»

Thoughts of a quality Fayette lifestyle

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Each morning I wake up to the simple sound of birds chirping as the sun breaks through the trees that stand outside my bedroom window. I open my eyes and know what it means to live a “quality lifestyle.”

As I drive from my home to go to work, I look out on our lawn and am blessed to see a squirrel chasing another squirrel, a deer hiding in the brush, and a falcon perched high on a pine branch. I close my eyes for a moment and smile and know what it means to live a “quality lifestyle.” Read More»

Zimmerman & lessons from Mandela

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One would have to be in a media coma not to have heard about the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman over the death of Trayvon Martin.

Since the reporting of the incident in February of 2012, it was clear that it would be branded a racial issue in the media: From its initial reporting on NBC, where audio tapes were edited to make it appear that Zimmerman was racially profiling Martin, to the many marches and demonstrations we’ve seen take place around the country advocating that anything less than a conviction of Zimmerman would be racial injustice. Read More»

Does Common Core leave parents behind?

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Having listened to several presentations regarding the vices and merits of the Common Core State Standards, I have noticed that many arguments seem to be ancillary to the issue at hand — the Common Core State Standards themselves.

As a parent with four children in our public schools and both my husband and I being math tutors or having tutored in the past, we have seen first-hand the struggles children are having with the standards. So, I decided to read the math standards for myself. Read More»

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