To be a writer

by Patrice Lewis -- This column departs from my usual socio-political commentary for an important reason. I owe a lot of people some very big thanks. I've had the most astounding week. more…

From pioneers to pansies

by Patrice Lewis -- Do you remember your Laura Ingalls Wilder books? I don't know about you, but these classic stories of a pioneer childhood give me a full-blown inferiority complex. Looking more…

Gender hostility

by Patrice Lewis -- "If you really want to get to know someone," notes the mother, "you don't ask what's between their legs." This startling statement was made by the female half more…

The tyranny of socialization

by Patrice Lewis -- Have you ever noticed that socialization has now become – apparently – the sole and exclusive purpose of education? Every single homeschooler on the planet, it seems, has more…

Slacker moms

by Patrice Lewis -- Today our younger daughter turns 13. Yes, it's her birthday. We now officially have two teenagers in the house. On this Mother's Day weekend, our daughter's birthday got more…

Serfdom: Coming soon to country near you

by Patrice Lewis -- What would you do if you were a woman alone and heard an intruder in your home? Hopefully you would grab your shotgun and deal with the matter. more…

Simple Living 101

by Patrice Lewis -- Let me relate to you a little bit of juicy gossip. My brother has a friend whose mother passed away. Very sad, to be sure. But … "Talk more…

1 size fits all (whether you like it or not)

by Patrice Lewis -- Doubtless you've heard about the elementary school in Chicago that implemented a draconian policy forbidding students from bringing their own lunches from home. Instead they must purchase lunches more…

What's needed to raise well-rounded kids

by Patrice Lewis -- I'm writing this from an observation deck overlooking an enormous gymnastics studio. Below me are three classes of students working simultaneously in different areas (floor mat, balance beam, more…