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Helen Maguire

Sgt. Carney: First African-American Medal of Honor Recipient. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Born as a slave on February 29, 1840, at Norfolk, Virginia, William Harvey Carney was an African American soldier during the American Civil War. Born as a slave, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1900 for his gallantry in saving the regimental colors (American Flag) during the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863. He is considered to be the first African American to be granted the Medal of Honor.

His father, also named William, escaped slavery, reaching freedom through the Underground Railroad. William Sr. then worked to buy the freedom of the rest of his family. Free and reunited, the family settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts in the second half of the 1850s. Young William learned to read and write, and by age 15 he was interested in becoming a minister.

He gave up his pursuit of the ministry, however, to join the Army. In an 1863 edition of the Abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, Carney explained: “Previous to the formation of colored troops, I had a strong inclination to prepare myself for the ministry; but when the country called for all persons, I could best serve my God serving my country and my oppressed brothers. The sequel in short—I enlisted for the war.” Continue reading

As parents, and specifically as moms, our relationships change when children become a permanent part of our lives. Some things suddenly do not seem nearly as important as they used to be and others seem critical to the development of our children and our lives as growing families. We may find ourselves disconnected from friends who don’t have kids, friends who keep late nights and late mornings, friends or family who are completely spontaneous and cannot empathize with the nature of feeding, nursing, or naps schedules. We likely find ourselves drawn to other parents at play groups or preschool, Little League and dance class, school fundraisers or college financial aid seminars. Yet it is important to keep our lives rich with a variety of relationships.

It may take work and a lot of advance planning to set up a dinner out with a friend, but it’s important to maintain relationships that do not always involve our children. As long as we are devoting love and time to our kids, let us work at keeping ourselves complete as human beings, a part of which (and a very large part at that) consists of being parents. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

We’ve seen an absolute stamped in the last several years to legalize pot, whether for medicinal purposes or recreational use.

We were told that there are legitimate medicinal uses for marijuana. The evidence for this is entirely anecdotal as medical science has yet to identify any verified and confirmed health benefit to using the drug. While some users celebrate it’s value in producing pain relief, Alex Berenson writes in Imprimis that “Almost everything you think you know about the health effects of cannabis…is wrong.” For instance, a four-year study of patients with chronic pain in Australia showed that cannabis use was actually associated with greater, not lesser, pain over time.

Another flat-out myth is that pot can curb opioid use. The truth, sadly, is quite the other way round. Marijuana is in fact a gateway drug, which leads to experimentation with other drugs. The American Journal of Psychiatry wrote in January 2018 that people who used cannabis in 2001 were three times as Continue reading

As mentioned last month, we can learn a great deal from the Blue Zones. Blue Zones, circled in blue ink, by researchers looking at longevity on a world map, are areas on our glorious blue-green earth where people live the longest. Most of these areas of longevity are in other places in the world, save for one which is in the United States.

The area of our nation with the lowest rates of heart disease, and diabetes, and even obesity, is Loma Linda, California. Let’s start studying Blue Zones with this area as it most likely is the most “user-friendly” area worldwide for those of us who live in the United States. The people of Loma Linda, California statistically live about ten years longer than most of the rest of our nation. Hmm…let’s find out why. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

When we were first painted, our colors were dazzling… we were called …. precious… priceless… beautiful… cute

But as time went on we began to HEAR the MOCKING sounds from other paintings…“I’m smarter…I’m stronger…I’m richer…I’m prettier…I’m better…”

Before long we accepted the lie that our value was based on COMPARISON. We began to DOUBT our worth. We felt the need to PROVE it (both to ourselves & others).

In some HOMES parents UNDERMINED their children’s worth, saying, “You’re such an embarrassment to me.” “You’re nothing but trouble.” “You’re always blowing it.” “Why can’t you be like your sister?” “You’ll never amount to anything.” Continue reading

Our pastor has been speaking for the last few weeks about ways in which Jesus described God, His Father. This past weekend he spoke of God’s GENEROUS nature. I like it when God is generous to me. But I find that when God seems MORE generous to someone else, I hear the voice of ENVY screaming with me, “It’s not fair!” At times, do you hear this same voice inside you?

There is always going to be someone who has more money than me, is smarter than me, or enjoys better health than me. Every time I turn on the television, I am bombarded with advertisements that seek to convince me that “I deserve to have it my way.” That may be fine when it comes to burgers, but that’s a Continue reading

A camper interacts with a Madagascar hissing cockroach at the East Side Community Center in Portland Oregon Oregon Zoo/ photo by Carli Davidson

Beginning Feb. 11, kids ages 3 to 5 (and parents in some cases) can enjoy the Oregon Zoo’s newest camp offering: Critter Club.
“Preschoolers are natural explorers,” said Alison Heimowitz, the zoo’s school and teacher liaison. “And Critter Club taps into that proclivity in order to help cultivate the skills and passion that will shape tomorrow’s conservation leaders.”

Each three-day class — developed specifically for little ones and led by education professionals — features imaginative play, movement, storytelling and live animal interactions.

“What’s the Buzz?” focuses on bees, butterflies and other important pollinators. Kids explore the inside of a beehive (safely), build a “bee hotel,” dress up like bats, tour the zoo’s butterfly conservation lab, and plant native flowers for their own backyard or neighborhood.

For “Safari Adventure,” kids ride a magic Jeep to the savanna in search of African wildlife big and small. Campers can feed a giraffe, solve an animal mystery, touch a lion pelt, cast animal tracks and meet some African arthropods.
For more information or to register, visit oregonzoo.org/critter-club or call 503-220-5774. Continue reading

During this short month, we celebrate the following:
• American Heart Month
• Canned Food Month
• Great American Pie Month
• National Cherry Month
• National Grapefruit Month

On February 1, 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, was published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The Democrat Party, fresh off electoral victories last fall, is flexing its muscles on behalf of sheer, unadulterated brutality, cruelty, and savagery.

In New York, the Democrat-controlled legislature and the Democrat governor signed into law a bill that allows abortion up the day of birth. The drop-dead point for the the butchers of Planned Parenthood is the scheduled day of delivery. The drop-dead point for the baby is any point before that. Even babies born alive after a botched abortion have been stripped of any guarantee of receiving medical attention. They presumably can be tossed in the corner and allowed to die. Continue reading

Bobbie Jager

As a mother of 13 children (no, that’s not a typo) and grandmother of 17 more, I understand the critical role that parents play in the lives of their children. Education can make or break a child’s future, and school choice gives parents the power—and the responsibility—to decide what education options fit their children best. That’s why I support school choice and National School Choice Week.

Every January, National School Choice Week (www.schoolchoiceweek.com) shines a spotlight on effective education options for all children. A nonpartisan and nonpolitical celebration of educational choice, the Week raises awareness of the different K-12 education options available to Continue reading

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