Seduced by the Dark Side of the Force

by Patrice Lewis -- I've been following the antics of the Wall Street protesters over the last few weeks with a combination of amusement, pity, tolerance and disgust. On one hand, their more…

Fools rush in

by Patrice Lewis -- I went into Winco yesterday. Winco is a regional chain of large, no-frills, warehouse-type grocery stores with excellent prices. Since my girls have music and gymnastics lessons once more…

A fuddy-duddy speaks on the generation gap

by Patrice Lewis -- A seemingly minor incident happened this week, which left me thoughtful. I was in the city with my younger daughter. We needed to swing into a post office more…

Too poor to be smart?

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently a liberal friend (I'll call her Jane) raised some concerns about the premise of my book "The Simplicity Primer" in which I argue that a simple life more…

A college degree? Not for my kid

by Patrice Lewis -- I am about to commit heresy, to question one of the holy grails of life. Our older daughter will soon turn 16, and like many teens her age more…

Farther from the insanity

by Patrice Lewis -- There isn't an adult alive who doesn't remember that evil day 10 years ago. Our girls were only 3 and 5 on that sunny morning; and the best more…

Like shooting fish in a barrel

by Patrice Lewis -- Sometimes it's hard to find a topic to write about in this column, but this week it was like shooting fish in a barrel. Before I go much more…

Another year, another failure

by Patrice Lewis -- It's that time of year again, the time when millions of American moms and dads send their tots off to school with a huge sigh of relief. Many more…

A great big bull's-eye on my butt

by Patrice Lewis -- There's a joke that's been running around the Internet lately. It goes something like this: A Southern Californian man was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was more…

Feral youths

by Patrice Lewis -- The world has been riveted by the riots in London over the past week. The degree of lawlessness, violence, looting, assault, arson, murder and every other conceivable vice more…