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…

Let's hear it for the teens!

by Patrice Lewis -- Our older daughter woke up crying one morning this week. "I dreamed about Gypsy and Hopi," she sobbed, referring to the pets we lost in the last few more…

The Twinkie Solution

by Patrice Lewis -- OK, I'm going to improvise a scenario for you. Let's say that my husband and I have good jobs. Together we make $150,000 a year. Our kids attend more…

The Church of Global Warming

by Patrice Lewis -- I'm sure you've all heard about the scandal coming out of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, in which some bozos cooked the raw data on more…

Turning fire-belching dragons into knights

by Patrice Lewis -- We have a friend named Bruce who is a family doctor. Recently he related astartling experience."I walked into the exam room," he said, "to see a 14-year-old boy. more…

25 things I'm thankful for

by Patrice Lewis -- At this festive time of year, when people focus on food, football, eating and shopping (especially shopping), when the news is full of articles about Black Friday and more…

By the sweat of … someone else's brow?

by Patrice Lewis -- In the most recent issue of my favorite magazine (dedicated to independence, self-sufficiency and rural living), I was stunned to come across the following letter: "My husband and more…

What's wrong with the Constitution?

by Patrice Lewis -- In last week's column, I expressed my concern that our country is rapidly moving away from the governmental restraint outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I more…

The Constitution? How quaint!

by Patrice Lewis -- As our freedoms and liberties have been chipped away in the last few years, how many times have you wanted to ask a politician why? Why are you more…

Government-school 'edjikation'

by Patrice Lewis -- A few months ago, a homeschooling friend called in tears. The curriculum she'd purchased for her three children was patently unsuited to her 16-year-old daughter, Jane. Jane was more…