Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

Linda Downing

Have we stopped being human?

Once we regard people as commodities, we cease to be human. Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, America legally solves personal dilemmas and overpopulation by abortion that has now taken some 50 million lives. The courts decided that life—that is, bei...
Published: 07/25/14

Don’t quit too soon

Sometimes we quit too soon. We have heard that failure builds character, but we’d rather quit while we’re ahead — or behind — as the case may be. The untiring zeal of those who appear to hold the key to our future overwhel...
Published: 07/18/14

The lost art of thinking

Some of us crave time alone, or do we? What were we thinking, or were we thinking?
Published: 07/11/14

Freedom demands responsibility

Today marks 238 years since that time in 1776 when “a new nation conceived in liberty” was birthed. In 2014 unity is threatened by issues that would have befuddled the deepest thinkers among our Founding Fathers. Yet, think we must, or ...
Published: 07/04/14

No-man’s land defines daily news

Laughter or tears sometimes spring from an unexpected source. Somewhere between humor and pain is a no-man’s land where feelings mingle, rendering us incapable of defining them. That could be the definition of the daily news that seems to be t...
Updated: 1 months ago

Thinking about fathers

My father never asked me about my life. Wait — maybe he did. “Never” could be my own perception. Sunday will mark the 15th Father’s Day without him, so I’m remembering.
Updated: 1 months ago

Who do you trust?

If a person says, “Trust me on this,” usually we can’t. Knowing where to place our trust can be the difference between honor or dishonor, victory or defeat, even life or death.
Updated: 1 months ago

Be feisty, but not angry

From birth, we do it. Before we are verbal, we scream, cry, and throw fits. Then we discover words are more powerful than physical blows — powerful enough to kill us. An eleven-year study published its results in early May in the Journal of Ep...
Updated: 2 months ago

Set the girls free

For some, it is not enough to state opinions and link themselves to the like-minded. They value aggression more than persuasion. They cannot rest with practicing their position. They also seek to strong-arm dissidents into agreement....
Updated: 2 months ago

Life is full of triggers

Increased use of an old word — “trigger” — signals an alarming trend. It is not only the lever that fires the gun but also that which inspires the pulling. It fortifies our already popular excuse mentality, turning loss of...
Updated: 2 months ago

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