Tough Love Isn’t Punitive

Consequences are Gifts Tough love isn’t punitive. The purpose of tough love is redemption. This means that the consequences that are being faced by the offender should be something that will lead them back to the place that they should be. What does that look like practically from a parental point of view? Today my…

Reaching Cacao

The Day I Pushed a Taxi up a Mountain in Nicaragua Above the cloud forests in Nicaragua is a tiny village where coffee and chocolate grow wild. It is extremely remote and difficult to access. I traveled there recently to explore the viability of a future humanitarian aid project. To say that I don’t like…

Beyond the Border

If You Only Knew; I Believe You Would Have Compassion Tiny shriveled legs dangle lifelessly from a modified stroller that five-year-old Jose uses for mobility. His condition is unknown because it will cost five thousand pesos to undergo his first round of tests. His smile is intoxicating as he reaches out with a tremendous effort…

I Agree With the Jussie Smollett Decision

I am Conservative and I Approve This Message What Jussie Smollett did is unconscionable and lower than a snake’s belly, but as far as punishment according to our laws, I think it is probably appropriate. I believe that dropping charges and community service hours might truly have been an outcome for any idiot who would…

Aching for Treasures in Heaven

Finding Comfort in Heirlooms and Legacies They Left Behind A lovely, heirloom clock sits prominently on the mantle in my living room. It belonged to my husband’s grandmother. Every hour it announces itself with a music box version of a familiar, classical song. My attention is drawn away to thoughts of her when I hear…

Politicizing the Classroom

Way too many years ago, I loved going to school. I loved my education experience. My teachers were mature, professional, and heroic. They were respectful of each child’s home culture. I never heard their political, religious, or moral views expressed beyond “The Golden Rule” and classroom behavior. I was never taught how I was supposed…