What I Learned About Blogging When I Quit Blogging

At the end of October, I took a three-month sabbatical from my blog to pursue some other writing interests. I approached the break with some excitement and a lot of trepidation. I worried at the time that I was making a terrible mistake, but I've come to decide it was one of the best things I've ever done -- not because there was anything wrong with my blog, but because stepping away from it was an act of courage. I didn't have any great epiphanies during those 90 days, but the separation from the blog gave me the distance I needed to get a few things into perspective. ...more
I really enjoyed your thought provoking blog.  When taking a break I found myself wrapped in ... more

I Don't Care About Your Diet or Your Extra Five Pounds

It's that time of the year when everyone is abuzz with New Year's resolutions. They include "lose weight," "exercise more," "get healthy," and a million others in between. I'm not against resolutions, but what I do hate to see is an unrealistic attitude and approach on the losing weight one -- and the biggest offenders are women....more
I enjoyed your post...  A friend of mine lost her husband to cancer.  He was always watching his ... more

Using God to Justify Bigotry

The very First Amendment Establishment Clause is the separation of church and state.  Remarkable, isn’t it?  Puritans had abandoned the Church of England with all their pomp and universal (as known at that time) practice of rituals.  They and others came to this country with their families and friends to embark on a journey so that they, in part, could worship their creator in a way that was perceived as ‘truth’....more
@Aimee Whetstine I enjoyed your commnt, Aimee.  I agree we must vote with our whole selves ... more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Aimee Whetstine  I enjoyed your post...  I think there may be a general misunderstanding of a ... more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Cindyhuber  I think that is very importamt, Cindy.  Conflict should be with issues and not ... more

The Peculiar Heartbreak of A Mormon Wedding

As a Mormon girl, I was raised to believe that the pinnacle of my life would be when I entered the temple to marry a worthy Mormon man.  My very salvation depended upon getting married in the temple --- a temple ceremony seals a husband and wife together for eternity.  The highest level of Mormon heaven is reserved for members that have married in the temple and born children.  In short, a temple marriage is a very serious matter within Mormonism. ...more
I was raised a Jehovah's Witness and stepped out when I was 44 years old.  I have never ... more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Cindyhuber  I read Mr. Cantor's article and found it interesting.  As an analyst, I guess my ... more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @labuenavida  @Susan  I agree...     more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @Cindyhuber  Thank you, Cindy.  I'll check it out after I get home from work. more

What If ... Churches Were Not Tax Exempt?

If I were to suggest that in order to pay off the national debt, it would be as simple as asking the 450,000 religious churches to start paying taxes, what would you say?Credit Image: Val Entertainment on Flickr...more
 @labuenavida  I believe if you will reread my article you will find that I do clearly state ... more