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The Meaning of Words; Standing with Ukraine

Words have meaning. Sometimes even the small ones by their inclusion or omission can have a huge impact. Most readers in their first glance at the title of this article
thought the word “the” was mistakenly dropped from in front of Ukraine. Over the last century, we have become used to referring the nation of Ukraine as “the Ukraine.” This writer has been guilty
of the mistake, even in recent writings.

The inclusion or omission of an article of speech like “the” conveys the difference …

Catching Fire – A Great Tool For Teaching

This past week I took my kids to see the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire.
  While it is a violent series, I cannot think of a better movie or book series to open the door to moral and political discussions with our teen and
preteen kids.

For those unfamiliar with the Hunger Games, it is the story of a gladiatorial competition in a futuristic totalitarian regime, which requires each of 12 isolated districts to
select a teenage …

Happy Thankgiving!

  Every year Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate a unique American holiday, Thanksgiving. The name of the holiday
remains intact on most public school calendars as the concept of being thankful is easy enough to secularize without changing the name.   So, unlike the
traditional Christmas and Easter breaks, its original name remains. But the depths of thankfulness of the Pilgrims are glossed over and the origins of our national holiday are over looked. It is
doubtful that a …

Remembering Those Who Are Still Not Remembered

As we pause to remember and honor the service of our veterans on this Veterans Day, let us also
remember those veterans who are all too often remain forgotten – even when we take the time to remember those who were intentionally overlooked for so many years. Just three of these examples
include the Filipino Scouts of World War II, the US Soldiers and their Korean Augmentees who fought and died along the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) in …

Protecting Our Rights to Protect Our Children

Originally Posted 12/16/2012 Everyone should be appalled at the killings which occurred in Connecticut yesterday. There is nothing more evil than a person who would harm innocent children – whether out of hate for an individual or group, or for an ideology. A prayer for the victims and mourning families is the appropriate first response.  The […]