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When I was a little girl, I often wondered why days were set aside for mothers and fathers as special days. “Why isn’t there a children’s day?” I would ask my parents. My mother would respond with something her mother used to tell her: “Every day is children’s day.” (Puh-lease, I’d be thinking…) But if you think about it, it’s true. Children are naturally narcissistic, but not in a pejorative sense; they simply believe that the world revolves around them until they develop enough maturity to realize that indeed, it does not. And as a mother, I see how so much of my time and energy is spent raising my child, there’s no doubt in my mind that, yes, every day is children’s day so moms and dads deserve a special day set aside to honor the often unrewarded responsibility of parenting.

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Helping the homeless local to regional

When Peter Kelleher’s 33-year-old son Travis passed away in 2016 after battling addiction and homelessness, Kelleher knew he wanted to help those battling the same fight Travis did. What started off as making hot soup and delivering it to the homeless in Brockton, Massachusetts, has now grown to a regional effort aimed at not just delivering soup but also backpacks, gloves, hats, health supplies, blankets, and more to the homeless across the region. Continue reading

Tending to your “bumper crop”

Pastor Bill Ehmann, Wood Village Baptist Church

Farmers are diligent to prepare the soil for planting. When everything is right, they put seeds into the ground. As they do this, they have a mental picture of a field ready to harvest. They anticipate corn, oats, wheat or soybeans in abundance – what they call a “bumper crop.”

Gardeners follow a similar routine on a smaller scale. Their mental picture is of tomato vines bending under the weight of abundant fruit and healthy bushes loaded with beans or peas. It is the anticipation of the harvest that encourages hard work and patience over many weeks and months.

Farmers and gardeners understand potential crop failures. If they have worked at it for a few years, they probably have experienced such a loss. But they continue to make their preparations each year, always with a view of the harvest. If they ever lose that perspective, they might give up. Continue reading

Randy, Nanci and Maggie

Earlier this year, my wife and best friend Nanci was diagnosed with colon cancer, and is now beginning a combination of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. (You can read more on her Caring Bridge page; we would really appreciate your prayers.) Nanci recently wrote a prayer based on Psalm 23. It spoke to me, and I hope it speaks to you too, as you reflect on your heavenly Shepherd and the ways He leads and cares for you through every circumstance. Read Psalm 23 first, then enter into Nanci’s prayer. —Randy Alcorn

Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
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Scarlet Pineapple Sage: Wikipedia

The herb known as Sage (Salvia) actually consists of over 750 species that are widely dispersed throughout the world. It consists of annuals, biennials and perennials, herbs, sub–shrubs and shrubs of various habits.

The name Salvia is derived from the Latin Salveo, meaning “I save or heal”. The Greeks used Salvia to heal ulcers, consumption and snake bites. The Romans considered Salvia a sacred herb to be gathered ceremonially using a special knife that did not contain iron as sage reacts with iron salts. Sage is considered to be good for the brain, the senses and as a memory enhancer. It is also a good gargle and mouthwash and was sometimes used as rudimentary toothpaste. Continue reading

What’s better for welfare recipients and low-skilled workers: a higher minimum wage, or a larger Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? David Neumark, director of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine, explains in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal why the EITC benefits low-income single parents more over time than does a higher minimum wage. Continue reading


Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

Here at the Northwest Connection, we have mixed feelings upon learning that Lori Porter has stepped down as the director of Parents Rights in Education. We have been grateful over the years to publish her submissions aimed at informing the public about what is transpiring in classrooms across the state, and what parents can do when their values and beliefs are discounted and/or usurped by educators.

We’ll miss Lori, and we wish her well.

Porter has been an indefatigable advocate for the rights of parents regarding the quality and propriety of the education their children receive in public schools. While keeping a watchful eye on what goes on in schoolrooms and campuses across the state, Porter has kept educators accountable, and contributed to a more healthful and socially beneficial environment for students at all grade levels. Continue reading

Submitted by Lynne Page, AAMS Financial Advisor

As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What’s behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?
Let’s look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

Essentially, two main factors seem to be responsible. First, some good economic news may actually have played a significant role. A 17-year low in unemployment and solid job growth have begun to push wages upward. These developments have led to fears of rising inflation, which, in turn, led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will tighten the money supply at a faster-than-expected rate. Stocks reacted negatively to these expectations of higher interest rates. Continue reading

Massachusetts Governor William Claflin

Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence and a framer of the Bill of Rights

American Christians face unprecedented levels of open hostility today. This is increasingly true at the university level.

Many universities already teach students about what they call “White Privilege” and “Male Privilege” to raise student awareness about the damage professors believe had been done to America by these two groups. But their list of culprits has now expanded. They have added “Christian Privilege” to their societal oppressors who must be confronted and combated.
Today’s level of hostility toward Christianity in America is unprecedented, but such opposition is not. This reality was affirmed by a document we recently added to our historical collection — a post-Civil War governor’s proclamation calling for a day of prayer and fasting. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

The Starfish nuclear weapon test, as seen from Honolulu in 1962. (From Wikipedia).

As I write this on a beautiful Spring day in Portland, I have to wonder why anyone would want to change it. Is it a little too warm or too cold? Are we so arrogant as to think that we can change the weather, the seasons, or the climate? Yet we are spending more than a TRILLION dollars per year on a Fool’s Errand, just to satisfy the superstitions of the hysterical and the ignorant. It is the ‘Precautionary Principle’ gone mad.

When our attention is so diverted by the nonsensical, we should wonder what real problems are failing to get the attention they deserve. We need not look far, as our once great cities along the West Coast are unable to cope with rampant poverty, homelessness, drug abuse, and illegal immigration. Continue reading

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