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…

When government replaces God

by Patrice Lewis -- Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security. – Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) Recently I saw a bumper sticker I hope more…

You! Back to your festering hellhole!

by Patrice Lewis -- While I generally try to avoid writing about specific news cases (because I'm not an investigative journalist), once in awhile a story hits the headlines that is so more…

Making a virtue out of a necessity

by Patrice Lewis -- Many years ago when we lived in Oregon, our county was electrified by the news that a local person had won the lottery. Days, then weeks ticked by more…

The Tucson witch trials

by Patrice Lewis -- A few days ago, I came across a classic book from my childhood: "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare. The book was published in 1958 more…

The raunchy 'real' world

by Patrice Lewis -- You know, the older I get, the more I'm convinced I live in a fantasy world. In this cheery little artificial la-la land where I reside, boys are more…

Follow your spleen

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently, my daughters and I were at a friend's house where a television was on (we don't get TV reception in our home). The girls, instantly mesmerized by more…

Christmas in America

by Patrice Lewis -- During the weeks leading up to Christmas, there have been a lot of complaints about the ever-increasing commercialization and secularization of this most holy holiday. These concerns are more…