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Meekness: The Virtue Governing Our Emotions

(I wrote this piece for the August newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) Let’s be honest: women sometimes deserve our reputation of being too emotional. When our emotions help us experience compassion for another and prompt us … Continue reading

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Summer Declutter and the Virtue of Temperance

(I wrote this piece for the July newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) When my boys and I put away the schoolbooks for the summer, one of my favorite things to do is declutter the house. Things … Continue reading

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A Father’s Day Gift

(I wrote this piece for the June newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) In honor of Father’s Day, I would like to encourage wives to respect and appreciate their husbands. Feminism has helped to correct some serious … Continue reading

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Miserable Pride vs. Joyful Humility

(I wrote this piece for the May newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) How can we find joy and peace in motherhood? By embracing the difficult work of growing in virtue and fighting against vice as we … Continue reading

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Womanly Intuition

(I wrote this piece for the April newsletter of the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.: https://www.americanmothers.org/) I would like to begin my “corner” by considering some ancient ideas about knowledge and ethics: intuition, virtue, and vice. As mothers, how … Continue reading

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My honor from American Mothers, Inc.

My sweet neighbor nominated me for Mother of the Year, and I was selected for my state!

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Spread Fire, Not Cancer

Here is the link to my essay “At Pentecost: Spread Fire, Not Cancer.” It explores the contrasting images of fire and cancer and how they relate to self-giving love and selfishness, respectively:

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Trending or Tradition?

Here is the link to my article “Trending or Tradition?” It summarizes peer vs. parent orientation and applies it as a cultural and religious analytical tool:

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The Morality of Dolphins (and Ourselves)

What can dolphin behavior teach us about ourselves? My oldest son is a budding zoologist. At his request, we read aloud The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner.[1] Shark Bay, Australia, is an ideal location for studying dolphins … Continue reading

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The Body of Christ at the Organ and Cellular Level: The Reproductive System

Within my body, I have a complete nervous system, digestive system, circulatory system, respiratory system, etc. These systems sustain and benefit my own bodily life. But what about the reproductive system? The reproductive system is only complete when joined with … Continue reading

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