Romney's VP pick energizes Democrats

by Ellen Ratner -- I am not a fan of the Romney-Ryan ticket. I think if Gov. Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan were elected, they would take America back to the Dark more…

U.S. message falls flat at Olympics

by Ellen Ratner -- I love the Olympics. Every two years, I make sure my schedule is clear for the opening and closing ceremonies The parade of nations is my favorite, and more…

The appalling state of 'journalism'

by Ellen Ratner -- Four years ago, I interviewed the editor of a government-sponsored newspaper in the Middle East. Given that the government paid for the newspaper, I questioned the editor about more…

Time for 'helicopter parents' to retire

by Ellen Ratner -- I spent some time with my brother-in-law, Chip Espinoza, yesterday. He is an expert on the millennial generation and teaches boomers how to get the younger generation to more…

Bringing out the best in humanity

by Ellen Ratner -- This week I am writing from Africa, and three events are swirling in my head. I arrived in Kenya to learn about church bombings that seem coordinated and more…

Obama's bold move on immigration

by Ellen Ratner -- About 12 years ago, my cleaning lady's daughter came to our house on a school day with her mom to clean my house. I had our cleaning lady more…

Ignore China at our own peril

by Ellen Ratner -- As a Washington, D.C., journalist and as a publisher with Changing Lives Press, I run away from political "I-know-how-to-solve-things" books. Memoirs from people who are no longer in more…

'Mitt somebody'

by Ellen Ratner -- While in California attending my nephew's high-school graduation, I acted on a whim and decided to divert to Disneyland. I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida more…

Look forward to what is possible

by Ellen Ratner -- Today is Memorial Day, when we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Many of my generation know someone who died fighting in Vietnam, more…