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Restoring Our Faith in Marriage
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Restoring Our Faith in Marriage


Aug 20 2014
Despite our negativity, most couples aren’t doomed for divorce.

For decades, Americans have been hearing that the divorce rate in the U.S. is around 50 percent. And everywhere I travel as a speaker and researcher, I see a deep cultural discouragement about marriage today.

Conventional wisdom also holds that marriage is hard. We hear ...

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Have Babies, Just Not Yet


Aug 19 2014
Resisting pressure to "make something of yourself" before motherhood.
Have Babies, Just Not Yet
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There are a number of reasons for the delay of childbearing on the part of women, who increasingly find themselves pursuing higher degrees, working full-time, and taking on leadership positions.

Babies don’t care if you just made partner, they arrive when they want ...

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Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool


Aug 18 2014
The difference between playground chatter and harmful messages.
Today’s Lesson: Girls Rule, Boys Drool
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Girls go to college to get more knowledge / Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider. My 10-year-old daughter belted out these words one evening this summer during a game of backyard volleyball. As the sing-songy rhythm floated in the twilight, I found myself smiling—at ...

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Home Sweet Home, Again


Aug 15 2014
Like a growing number of adults, I find support, love, and lodging in an obvious place: my parents’ home.
Home Sweet Home, Again
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If you’re an adult living with Mom and Dad, you may not be as unique as you think.

Boer Deng of Slate recently wrote about a new Pew Research Center report on how multigenerational households are becoming more common. "In 1980, some 12 percent of families had ...

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Shark Week Jumps the Shark


Aug 14 2014
Discovery Channel's popular (and once educational) series gets trapped in gimmick.
Shark Week Jumps the Shark
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My friend took one look at promo staring Rob Lowe, “water-skiing” two harnessed sharks while tossing chum from a bona fide chum-bucket to the great whites leaping behind him and joked, “Shark Week has officially jumped the shark.”

But that arguably ...

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When Black Victims Become Trending Hashtags


Aug 13 2014
African Americans are speaking out against modern-day racism. But who's listening?
When Black Victims Become Trending Hashtags
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By some measures, every 28 hours, a black man is killed in America.

This statistic rang true as I turned on my computer Saturday evening, scrolled through my Twitter feed, and saw #Ferguson, #MikeBrown, and other references to a police shooting where an unarmed teenager ...

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A Christian Response to Trolling


Aug 12 2014
It’s not always easy to "love thy hateful commenter as thyself."
A Christian Response to Trolling
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It’s the Internet at its worst.

It’s the Facebook commenter who blames the president for everything from crime statistics to bad TV, the sort of thing I see daily in my work as social media editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s the comments on a recipe ...

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