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Karla Jacobs is a writer based in Marietta, Georgia. She is chair of the Georgia Commission on Women, a nonpartisan state commission that focuses on issues important to Georgia women. The views expressed here are hers alone.



Navigating the New Normal After #MeToo

Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today show was the latest high profile man to lose his job over credible allegations of sexual misconduct at work. By the time this is published, there likely will be more. Many women have found their voices and Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and others are unemployed due … Continued

Culture

Write It Down: Passing On Life Lessons to Our Children

What is the most important thing we need to teach our children? A year ago, Erick Erickson, a writer and podcaster at The Resurgent, explored that question in his article, “If I Die Before You Wake….” It was the height of the 2016 election, and Erickson’s family was reeling from life-threatening medical diagnoses both he … Continued

Parenting


A Dose of Optimism for Troubled Times

I could use some positive news, and if my Facebook and Twitter feeds are any indication, many others could use a little uplifting news as well. I don’t know if it is the national mood or just the fact that everyone is talking about these books, but my reading tastes have taken on a dystopian … Continued

Politics

Are Women Capable of Becoming Navy SEALs?

In a pivotal scene in the 1997 movie, G. I. Jane, Lieutenant Jordan O’Neal, the fictional first woman accepted into Navy SEAL training (played by Demi Moore), stands in the courtyard of the Naval Special Warfare Training Center and stares down the bell. All SEAL trainees are told repeatedly the bell can make it all … Continued

Culture

The Death of Reading

I read Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis for the first time last December. A lifelong Christian and Narnia superfan, I’m late to the party, I know. But as the dust settled from an election that shined a glaring spotlight on our cultural divisions—political, social, economic, theological—I was feeling out of sorts. Christian leaders I … Continued

Culture

Don’t Feel Guilty About Helping Your Child Succeed

Does providing your children with enrichment activities give them a head start for success or an unfair advantage? A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times argues that for college educated parents, it’s the latter. “Over the past generation, members of the college educated class have become amazingly good at making sure their … Continued

Parenting

The Night Fake News Scared America Out of Its Wits

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News… So began the Martian invasion that captivated a radio audience and started a nationwide panic. War of the Worlds, a Mercury Theater radio drama directed by Orson Welles, broadcast on the night of October … Continued

Culture

When the Duchess of Cambridge Talks About Motherhood, Should We Listen?

When the world’s most-watched mother of preschoolers talks about motherhood, we stop and listen to what she has to say. Recently, the Duchess of Cambridge, mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, has been speaking out about the challenges of being a mother of young children. Her sincerity and willingness to talk about her own … Continued

Parenting