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…

Proud to be a mom

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday was Mother' Day. It was such a big deal for me that my producer at Fox News Channel bought me flowers. No, I'm not her mom, but more…

Chen and basic human rights

by Ellen Ratner -- During an election year everything is seen through the lens of the election, and that is often the correct way to view the political discourse or lack thereof. more…

Flu of the mind

by Ellen Ratner -- Amid the fanfare of Gov. Mitt Romney being declared the presidential nominee of his party, the bills passing through the House and Senate and the White House Correspondents more…