Removing guns, 1 child at a time

by Patrice Lewis -- Well, it seems Minnesota's largest school district is discussing screening high school students for depression and anxiety in the classroom. "As part of a state grant to improve more…

What's next – composting dead babies?

by Patrice Lewis -- Out here on our farm, we have many methods of waste disposal. Human waste, of course, is flushed into the septic system. Barn waste gets heaped onto a more…

Does it really cost $245,000 to raise a kid?

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently I came across an article titled "Baby limbo: Millennials struggle to find the right time for parenthood." It detailed how many young couples find themselves so saddled more…

Leave us alone!

by Patrice Lewis -- When our first child was three days old, I received a scary phone call. As young parents, we were overjoyed with our new baby and had everything ready more…

How to create a job in a bad economy

by Patrice Lewis -- Earlier this week, a sobering headline caught my attention: "In 10 Years, Your Job Might Not Exist: Here's how to make sure you're still employable." The article notes more…

A prison of their own making

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently, a friend described someone of her acquaintance, a 24-year-old woman living with her boyfriend. She's able-bodied but claims a disability that keeps her from working (my friend more…

Our economic house of cards

by Patrice Lewis -- Two days before Christmas, the Dow hit an unprecedented landmark: For the first time, it soared over 18,000, pushed in part by a healthy surge in the third more…

Christmas: The good, the bad and the ugly

by Patrice Lewis -- It's been a week of grim headlines. The hostage situation in Sydney. The eight children stabbed to death in Cairns. The horrific massacre of schoolchildren in Pakistan. The more…

Government permission to menstruate?

by Patrice Lewis -- To all my gentlemen readers, I beg your pardon for introducing an indelicate subject. Feel free to skip this column since it discusses an intimate female bodily function. more…

Pack animals on the hunt

by Patrice Lewis -- A few weeks ago, I took note of this news article about how two women were camping out in front of a Beaumont, California, Best Buy 22 days more…