Sex and Censorship: What Recent Attacks on Online Sex Discussions Have to Do With Your Blog

Here's what is at stake: Recent censorship of online discussions of sex and pornography -- not the porn itself, but discussions -- isn't an issue of us versus them, morality versus indecency, conservatives versus liberals, believers versus atheists. This is a matter of freedom to speak, freedom to congregate, freedom to learn about ourselves and to share that knowledge. That's what this country stands for and it's essential that those of us who believe in these tenets take a stance against those seeking to oppress them. ...more

Your questioning the veracity of the statements put forth uncovered some very valid points, ...more

The Watchman at the Gate

Any person who spends enough time in a given atmosphere will become more comfortable in it.  Humans are naturally adaptable and become desensitized to common encounters and events, bad or good; they become normal to us. It all happens effortlessly.  Whatever we surround ourselves with becomes the baseline for our values, beliefs and views.  The media and advertising industry have a tremendous influence over our (and our children's) innermost beliefs.  Without our permission we are taught that:...more

America's beauty shines at soldier's memorial

Last month, while on loan from his family and his hometown of Owasso, Okla., Army Sgt. Andrew Looney was killed by a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan. Three years ago, Sgt. Looney lost part of his right foot in Iraq. He went through rehab, was fit for a prosthetic, and instead of opting out of the military and out of the battlefield, he picked up right where he left off....more

Thank you for sharing this with us. My heart goes out to Looney's family. I'm passing this on to ...more

Of Brain Scans, Therapy and the Right to Dream

I have to tell everyone that I generally stay away from too many controversial issues surrounding autism and its causes. I for one do not think vaccines caused my children’s autism....more

Finding Abundance by Facing Your Inner Critic

by Dana TheusI discovered recently that to release my inner critic – silencing his nattering in my ears – I had to meet him first. I’m working on some big stuff; working to make big things happen for myself, my family, my clients and for Owning Pink. This is BIG STUFF and I realized that to make BIG STUFF happen I was going to need some BIG ALLIES and so I reached out to God, the Universe and Everything and made The Big Ask. I mean, why not? Isn’t that what all the gurus say to do?...more

Peoplehood By Constitution

My reason for writing these posts is to bring about civil discourse about the purpose and meaning of the U.S.Constitution. But before we start delving into the meaning of what each and every right means I would like to address the issue of what is the Constitution. No not in a specific, article by article, way. Anyone can buy a copy of the Constitution in a bookstore or order it on line to find out the exact rules under which this government functions. What I would like to discuss is the power of the document....more

Why I Want to Be Four Again

And it's not just because I don't like the wrinkles that come with aging, or the new aches or the awareness that gravity ... is not a friend. I want to be four again because I long for the heart. ...more

I wrote on my blog a piece called Where Did Five ...more

'Til I Can See So Wide'

The Swing...Robert Louis Stevenson How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see so wide, River and trees and cattle and all Over the countryside--...more

Nurturing My Now...Step by Step

This is the first in a series "Being True To You" for Tuesday Okay. Here it is. I'm on the edge of my seat blogging from a place of conflict: On one hand I'm experiencing utter frustration with myself which accusingly ruminates: "You're such an idiot. You know better than this. You're so completely weak. There ya go being indecisive, yet again. When are you gonna matter to you? When are you going to become number one to you and commit to your life for cryin out loud?"...more

Baby Ink: The Right to Tattoo Your Child

A 7-year-old wants a gang tattoo just like his daddy. Awe, that’s so sweet. So daddy holds him down while he gets it. Hmmm, are we liking this parental freedom or not? I’m sure you can guess what the story is about, but now it is going to a judge. Is tattooing your minor a form of permanent disfigurement that can land a parent in jail with a life sentence? Maybe it’s something less than a mayhem charge? That remains to be seen....more