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Should You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Like many adult Americans, I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. On the one hand, as a type-A “go-getter,” I’m drawn to the idea of jotting down a list of nearly-impossible tasks like “Lose 30 pounds,” “Never lose my temper,” or “Learn Mandarin,” and at least, you know, giving it the ol’ college try … Continued

Culture

How to Combat Materialism at Christmas

Americans spend a lot on Christmas gifts. According to Gallup, they plan to spend $900 per person, the most since 2007. With Black Friday sales at your fingertips online, and credit cards readily available, it’s easy to do. Not to mention, if you’re naturally a gift-giving person or have children, it’s nothing but sheer joy … Continued

Culture

Why Aren’t There More Female Politicians?

In a country that began with actual “Founding Fathers,” it’s easy to buy into the mantra that the patriarchy is a dominant force in American society and thus needs to be minimized. Many feminists now believe women have been oppressed for too long, and it’s time for them to fight back. Consider a recent tweet … Continued

Politics

‘The New York Times’ Ramped Up Its War On Men This Week

The war on men has been ongoing for a couple decades now but they haven’t done it alone; they’ve had a compatible sidekick, namely the mainstream media. The New York Times played its part well this week, perpetuating a war on the patriarchy with not one but two zingers that attack both young boys and … Continued

Culture


What I Told My Kids About the Church Shooting in Texas

It’s impossible, and probably unwise, to shield one’s children from every evil in the world. Still, at the ages my kids are—ten, eight, six, and three—they don’t need to be aware of every political happening, national tragedy, or bit of celebrity gossip. That said, my oldest heard the news about the massacre in Texas recently, … Continued

Parenting

Why I Don’t Do Spooky Halloween

When I was a young adult, I used to believe that watching a Stephen King film or reading one Stephen King novel every year and feeling utterly scared out of your mind was good for a person’s psyche. I’m not entirely sure what prompted this idea but it likely grew from the same impulse that … Continued

Culture

Five Reasons We Still Love ‘The Princess Bride’

For the next few days, The Princess Bride, the iconic indie-film-turned-blockbuster that turns thirty years old this year will be playing in select theaters. Has it really been that long since we met handsome, poor Wesley and his cheeky love, Buttercup? To celebrate this occasion, here are five reasons we still love The Princess Bride, … Continued

Entertainment

Why Hollywood Should Rethink the Romantic Comedy

As far as romantic comedies (rom-coms) go, the reason women (and some men) like them is because they’re light, funny—and romantic, obviously. Who doesn’t get warm fuzzies during the scene at the end of You’ve Got Mail when Meg Ryan’s and Tom Hanks’ characters reunite after falling in love online yet feuding in real life? … Continued

Entertainment

Are Kids’ Sports Out of Control?

Fall is not only back-to-school season; it’s back to kids’ sports season. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who will soon be juggling practices and games for multiple kids playing multiple sports. While I try to keep our family’s costs minimal and the effort only moderate—my children play mostly in recreational leagues—balancing family, finances … Continued

Parenting