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…

Man the lifeboats!

by Patrice Lewis -- So the debt ceiling has been raised. Somehow I expected it. Can anyone honestly claim raising the debt ceiling is a viable, long-term solution to America's fiscal crisis? more…

So you say you want a revolution?

by Patrice Lewis -- Consider these recent news headlines: Republican and Democratic leaders are floating the idea of a new "Super Congress" not authorized in the Constitution A legislative proposal in San more…

Cultivating gratitude

by Patrice Lewis -- This past week, along with millions of others, I've spent a lot of time weeding my garden. The early mornings I spend yanking unwanted plants and nurturing the more…