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You got trouble at home? Kids not interested in family stuff? Spouse or friends not around much? Family is one of the hardest parts of life and with all the competition against bonding and parental influence, it’s a wonder families ever work.
Looking for a terrific book to read during your holiday travels? Pick up “How the West Really Lost God.” It’s an insightful look at the link between the decline of the family and Christian religions in the Western World; a social shift that has touched every one of us.
I like prayer. I often pray, at least once a day, likely more. Our family prays each day at dinner, as we have for generations. We’ve discussed prayer over the years, that prayer is at least as powerful for those who pray as for those who are the subjects of prayer, that prayer helps us cope with those difficult times and celebrate the beauty in our lives.
In response to a letter by Mr. Russell, Do you feel censored for dealing in pornography? Good!
Those who abhor public prayer are at it again. They are offended by reference to deity among other things.
Since the Tribune has decided that I must join Facebook to participate in discussions here, I am rather limited to letters. Ms. Turley-Hanson’s censorship campaign does deserve an answer, so here it is.
What do you think? Can porn be addictive? More mental health professionals are telling us “yes it can,” and further, it can be as addictive as hard core drugs and it’s known to change the health of the brain.
“Porn affects my husband like heroin. When he sees it he becomes a zombie (stoned) and he loses focus on everything else … just like any other drug, his whole thought process was on getting his ‘fix.’”
Kids are going to change our world for the better. We can count on it. As per my last column (“Next generations resetting our world,” Tribune, Sept. 15), I reported on the idea that as certain society systems collapse, the next generations will step forward and “reset” our trajectory. (See The Fourth Turning by historians William Strauss and Neil Howe.)
The letter (Tribune, Sept. 18) written by the four African-American males in response to Linda Turley-Hansen is replete with even more extreme “assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes” than they accuse Turley-Hansen of employing.
Having spent 20 years working with the black community as a counselor and therapist, I’d like to say that Linda Turley-Hansen is a sweetheart and means well. She is beautiful and intelligent, but unfortunately, lacks a spectrum of education that would facilitate her understanding of race.
As African-American males in Arizona, we are stunned, though not altogether surprised, at the bold assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes Linda Turley-Hansen offers in “Not racism, and not guns; it’s moral absence that’s doing the killing” (East Valley Tribune, Sept. 1; also available at evtnow.com/5ua).
Those staging to pull the world back from the brink are in motion. Their visions of hope are taking form. They are the Millennials (born after 1980) and the New Silents (born after 2000).
Whew! Thank goodness for Linda Turley-Hansen! There is NOTHING more important or more relevant to the black community and “black leaders” than old, white women telling them just what they are doing wrong! I sure hope they are suitably greatful to Master ... er ... Ms. Turley-Hansen, I mean, for setting them straight.
“I always enjoy Linda Turley-Hansen’s column. She’s better than anyone, reveals the total disconnect from reality of the far right, the bigotry and racism of their political views and ignorance of the causes and effects of poverty in this country. Incidentally: Guns do kill people, and that’s a fact.”
Guns didn’t kill Christopher Lane and I’m not so sure genuine racism is to blame. Can minors fully understand such hate? We do know the teens who gunned down the athlete, who was jogging in Duncan, Oklahoma, say they were “bored.”
If you’re a couple of decades old you might remember the Pulliam Family, longtime owners of Arizona’s 123-year-old newspaper. When the family sold the Arizona Republic to Gannett in 2000, there was talk then of the possible loss of loyalty towards readers. “Would a corporation put community service before profits?” Lifelong readers, like myself, have watched with sinking hearts.
The call came in the morning — an out-of-state in-law who has never made a personal call to our home. The conversation began as light chit-chat. My husband held his breath, sensing something more was coming. And, it did, in the form of a confession, a desperate act of saving one’s self.
You’ll want to find and sign one of those petitions against Arizona’s implementation of Obamacare. You’ll be glad you did. A fragile economic recovery here in the East Valley is now in jeopardy with the recent passage of the law.
You’ve gotta hand it to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. She cleverly played her politics over the past few months as she made her puzzling shift toward Obamacare in order to expand Medicaid, making Arizona the 24th state to do so.
Recently, my husband David ran onto a letter from his birth father, Lester. The absent father wrote it during his son’s 18th year. When an infant, divorce split my husband’s parents and Lester went his way – never to financially support his little red-headed boy or see him other than a time or two.
If you care about being part of your children’s lives, especially in their critically important decisions, you best pay attention to continued attacks on parental rights. There’s a frightening trend with products and laws, which usurp parent roles, thus undermining families. It’s clear where this is taking us.
If you love that mother in your home, get rid of those babes spread out on the coffee table. I’ve had it with them. They’re not good for either soul — male or female! Why do we contemplate airbrushed, digitally altered, Botox laden, breast-enhanced illusions?
‘It’s been ten years, now,” the strong voice said on the phone. Mari Justin is a breast cancer survivor. She, along with hundreds of thousands of breast cancer veterans have faced the demons and now crusade alongside those who are fresh on the battlefield.