Our Neighborhood Public School Works for Us!

Today is my son's last day of kindergarten!  This has been his first year in public school, and we are very pleased with our neighborhood public school, Pittsburgh Colfax.  It's a great example of how an urban school can thrive when faculty encourage parent involvement.  On "Take Your Special Person to School Day" last month, … Continue reading Our Neighborhood Public School Works for Us!

Practical Stocking Stuffers

In my family, Christmas stockings are not just for children! Everybody has a stocking, and we play Santa to each other by stuffing the stockings with little treats when nobody's looking. It's no fair to peek into your stocking before Christmas morning--when we open stocking gifts first thing, before breakfast or even coffee! For the … Continue reading Practical Stocking Stuffers

The Bluest Blue

A year or so ago, my church's assistant pastor began a sermon by saying, "You may never have really noticed our stained-glass windows."  My jaw dropped.  How could anyone not notice our stained-glass windows?!  They're beautiful!  They're very colorful, they depict a variety of Biblical characters and saints and symbols from obvious to obscure, and … Continue reading The Bluest Blue

Thirty Reasons Why Women Should Have the Vote

In the late 1970s, my mother was advocating ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and one of her organizations decided to make the editorial below part of the program they presented to other women's groups.  It is adapted from an editorial in a suffragist newspaper published in Garnett, Kansas, in the era when women were fighting for … Continue reading Thirty Reasons Why Women Should Have the Vote