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…

Drowning in debt

by Patrice Lewis -- I got on Yahoo news yesterday morning, and these cheery headlines leaped out at me: Oil tumbles on stronger dollar Unemployment falls to 8.8%, 2-year low Dividends come more…

The blessing of shame

by Patrice Lewis -- Like much of the world, our family has been riveted by the tragedies in Japan over the past week, and we've been closely following the unfolding disasters. But more…

The Dumbest Generation

by Patrice Lewis -- Our younger daughter (age 12) recently saw a movie called "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." The plot involves a Victorian-era man played by Sean Connery (swoon, thud) who more…

When marital vows mean something

by Patrice Lewis -- Many years ago I had a temporary office job with a cubicle from which I could overhear all the office gossip. One woman's voice stood out because its more…

A union of corruption

by Patrice Lewis -- A few days ago, my homeschooled daughters were finishing up their school work and, as usual, we ended with a discussion of current events. After talking for a more…

Connecting the dots to anarchy

by Patrice Lewis -- Last year here in north Idaho, my garden failed. Miserably. Not from lack of trying. But after having the "winter of no winter" (very little snow), we also more…

Why I am not a feminist

by Patrice Lewis -- Long ago during my college years in the early '80s, I remember reading an incident in a women's magazine that made me proud to be a woman. It more…