Free ice cream for all!

by Patrice Lewis -- There's a story that circulated the Internet in 2008 about a third-grade class that held a mock presidential election to teach the children about the real election. Two more…

Hating humans

by Patrice Lewis -- A few weeks ago, I clicked on an online article for what seemed like an interesting but innocuous subject: human parasites. The slide show led me through tapeworms, more…

Angry young women

by Patrice Lewis -- As a follow-up to last week's column on Angry Young Men, it's worth examining why we have similar quantities of Angry Young Women plaguing our society. What is more…

Angry young men

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently I read an extraordinary essay on the subject of why so many young men are angry, sullen and rebellious. The writer of this piece (Tiffani) has five more…

Ants, grasshoppers and God

by Patrice Lewis -- I've been thinking a great deal about poverty lately, specifically its causes as well as what our obligations are (both personal and societal) to alleviate it. This is more…

Your tax dollars at work

by Patrice Lewis -- A great sadness has befallen some friends of mine. They are expecting their first grandchild. My friend "Linda" has two stepchildren. Bob, her 19-year-old stepson, is a decent more…

Too proud for charity

by Patrice Lewis -- "Mom," asked my older daughter this week, "what does 'surreal' mean?" "It means something is so wild and crazy that it's hard to grasp," I replied, and used more…

The United States: An oppressive hellhole?

by Patrice Lewis -- While Americans struggle with their day-to-day activities – working, raising families, coping with a bad economy, worrying about the future – a little-noticed but pervasive influence has invaded more…

Eliminate those resource-sucking brats!

by Patrice Lewis -- For some time now, I've been bookmarking "green" articles on overpopulation and how we need to reduce the number of children we bear in order to save the more…

Why the Grinch won't steal our Christmas

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently I had an interesting e-mail exchange with a favorite long-time reader. On my blog entry for Thanksgiving he saw a photo of our dinner table and guest. more…