It was the summer of 2003, and I had tickets for one of the hottest rock concerts of the season. Prior to the show, I was sitting in a local restaurant with a young man with whom I had been in a clandestine homosexual relationship for several months.
When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. They call this maxim "Maslow's hammer" and it is meant to make us consider the way we use our tools. Tools like hammers and tools like Twitter and Facebook
My best friend REALLY likes this boy but she doesn't talk to him much. The problem is, I've been talking to him a lot lately and I'm starting to like him too! He's an awesome guy, but I don't want to hurt my friend! I don't know if I should pursue him. What should I do?
We knew TV was sexualized, but just how much so was recently revealed in a study compiled by the Parents Television Council. During the research study period, of the 238 aired television episodes, 150 of them (63%) contained sexual content with 33% containing sexually exploitative scenes.
I suppose I could believe in God if I tried hard enough, but I can't see trying to live by a bunch of strict rules and not being able to do anything I want to do. I want to be free -- and what's wrong with that? - V.S.
Growing up with three brothers wasn't the easiest. For years, I believed the lie that I did not belong in my family and that God had some how made a mistake by placing me in it. So in turn, I isolated myself from my family.
Country Singer Randy Travis has undergone heart surgery according to a statement released Monday by his sister-in-law Teresa Traywick and is in critical condition. Travis' publicist reported that the singer was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday night as a result of viral cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens the heart muscles.
How can all those friends, be "real" friends? Facebook may have been created for college students, but for my demographic, it has connected me to friends I left behind decades ago-all those kids that remembered me as a terribly shy grade-schooler, an awkward tween, and an over-zealous student in high school. And now we are free of the brutal cliques!
I have a very hard time believing that God loves me. I think the reason is because I never had a kind or loving father, so I can't imagine God is kind or loving either. My father was very abusive before he finally abandoned us. — J.McC.
Our pastor just announced that he's retiring in a few months. I guess we shouldn't be surprised since he's been here over 30 years, but he's deeply loved and we can't imagine anyone taking his place. Should we try to talk him into staying? — J.W.
Eight-in-ten Americans report that they are extremely (51%) or very proud (31%) to be American. Roughly 1-in-10 (12%) say they are moderately proud, and 4% say they are only a little proud or not proud.
My sister and I said some pretty hurtful things to each other about a year ago, and we haven't spoken since. I've apologized to her, but so far she hasn't shown any inclination to apologize in return. Doesn't she need to apologize, too? — Y.J.
It’s volunteer Short Term Missionaries (STMs) that make Family Retreat a one-of-a-kind experience for families with special needs. And serving changes our STMs’ lives too! Meet college student and first-time STM Nick.
With skyrocketing Chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in San Diego County, public health officials decided the best solution was to give out free condoms.They set up a website and anyone wanting free condoms could ask and they'd be mailed discreetly-no questions asked.
I was talking to a young pastor recently. He's been called to a church in steep decline and asked to salvage and, hopefully, even grow the church again. It's hard work changing a church. (I know this firsthand.) He knew immediately he would have to do some things differently to achieve different results.
I don't know what it is about Facebook that makes its users feel like they are noteworthy political pundits. I'm sure there are studies and reports on this phenomenon, but I have no desire to read them. I'm OK not knowing.
Most of us, I suspect, can look back and recall times when we weren't as grateful as we should have been for what someone did for us. Why were we like this? The reason is because all too often we think only of ourselves, forgetting all about the other person and the sacrifices they made for us.
Research shows that gratitude is a powerful force for creating positive changes in individuals, families, and organizations. In fact, according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a research professor of psychology, "The expression of gratitude is a kind of metastrategy for achieving happiness."
The Pain of Loneliness - The Health Risks of Feeling Isolated are Physical, Not Just Emotional. This was the title of an article that appeared in the Charlotte Observer newspaper the other day. It was written by Jane Brody, health columnist for the New York Times.