Every year about this time I hear from people for whom Mother’s Day evokes feelings that are anything but warm and fuzzy–people raised by mothers who overall did them a lot more harm than good. [Read more…]
I’ve noticed that you aren’t one to shy away from answering questions having to do with God and/or Christianity. So I thought I might try asking: Why do you think it is that so many people who say they’re Christian are okay with acting in ways that are the opposite of what Christ stood for? [Read more…]
I have a teenage daughter who just started high school. She’s a great kid: funny, smart, sensitive to others. But I fear that she’s starting to pay heed to all the messages she’s constantly receiving that the most winning thing she can do in life is to be, basically, sexy and dumb. That’s the message I know she’s constantly receiving from (as always) the media, and certainly from social media, which teens use to exert so much peer pressure on young women. [Read more…]
These days I’m spending so much time writing the novel I’m working on–and “Ask John,” the advice column I write for the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper–that I just don’t have time to post on my blog.
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I increasingly find myself sickened by the state of things in our country. It feels like America has been turned upside down: now truth means nothing, posturing means everything, and the middle ground is no man’s land. Turning on the news is like stepping through the looking glass: Nothing is as it seems, nobody is whom they’re supposed to be, everything could be anything. [Read more…]