October 26, 2014

Do We Really Live In More Dangerous Times? By Lillian Sanderson

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There was a time when parents would tell their children how easy they had it because of available public transportation.   Now we can tell our grandchildren the reverse.   When I was a child, 10 or 12 years old, my friends and I could take a bus anywhere in my city with a friend… Read more

Divorce in 2011 Under a Microscope

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Until now there has been scarce research determining how couples actually decide to divorce, or why they sometimes change their minds. New research shows there’s a lot of uncertainty even among couples who have already filed.  Recent Census data also indicates the recession has caused fewer divorce filings than when the economy was strong.  Read… Read more

“Run For Courage” to Fight War Against Sex Trafficking

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Most people are shocked to discover that girls as young as 10 are sold for sex every day in the United States. Estimates say up to 300,000 American children are sexually exploited each year in this $32 billion industry, and worldwide the number is close to 1.2 million.   Pimps use violence and coercion to force… Read more

The Typical U.S. Family is Getting Poorer

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The Census Bureau says the 15% poverty rate, the highest level since 1993, would rise if so many 25- to 34-year-olds weren’t doubling up, or living at home with their parents, often with families of their own.  Read more, including current findings about unemployment and health insurance coverage.

Book Review: Still Alice Unveils the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s

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I was lucky enough to have my maternal grandmother live with our family for 10 years when I was a girl.  She used to tell me the most detailed stories of her childhood.  Born in 1905, she’d lost a younger sister during the great flu epidemic of 1918.  Her parents later adopted a newborn whose… Read more

Budget Cuts Hit Close to Home

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Waking up to the headline that the Dow has plunged to its lowest level since the housing bust of 2008, I’ve been reminded a few more times today just how much the poor economy and budget cuts are hitting closer and closer to home.   I went to my daughter’s kindergarten meet and greet at… Read more