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First Impressions Are Often Wrong, But What the Heck

Nov 7, 2020

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, But What the Heck By Don Mohler Evil was indeed vanquished, but like everyone else in the nation, I am exhausted. Exhausted from staring at a television for the past four days, waiting to see the magical number 270 flash on the screen. Exhausted from reading conspiracy-laden tweets that appear…

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Take Your Feet Off Our Necks

Oct 12, 2020

By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. The vice-presidential debates ignited a firestorm of tweets, social media posts, op-eds, blogs, and memes.  While the fly took center stage, Mike Pence’s condescending mansplaining interruptions was a close second.  Around the nation, women were outraged at his behavior. The Vice President hit a chromosomal nerve that is always exposed, throbbing…

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Stop Playing Croquet

Sep 23, 2020

By Don Mohler This was supposed to be a blog about hope. It was supposed to shine a light on all that is good about our nation despite our current divisions. And then Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg left us. The outline that I had been carrying around in my head no longer seemed relevant. It…

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It Didn’t Work Then. It Won’t Work Now.

Aug 16, 2020

By Don Mohler Our democracy and our values as a nation are under attack. That is not hyperbole. It is a fact. The President of the United States doesn’t even bother to hide his attempts to divide the nation and disrupt the electoral process anymore. Nope. He does it right in front of us on…

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An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

Jul 12, 2020

By Don Mohler July 27, 1979 in comic strips all across America, Charlie Brown lay gravely ill in his hospital bed. The situation is so grim that Charlie’s long-time nemesis Lucille van Pelt looks to the heavens and makes that proverbial deal with the Creator: God, if you will let Charlie get well, I promise…

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Dads Come In All Shapes and Sizes

Jun 19, 2020

By Don Mohler Note: This blog was originally published on June 15, 2019.  “Thanks mom.”  Yep, that’s right. Thanks mom. I know it’s Father’s Day, but sorry dads. No matter how many games of catch you played, no matter how many fishing lines you untangled, or how many tears you wiped away with ice cream,…

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Does Empathy Still Matter?

May 7, 2020

By Don Mohler In less than six months, voters in the United States of America will decide the future of our nation. And make no mistake, the verdict will tell us quite a bit about who we are and where we are heading as a country. And here’s the bad news: it’s going to be…

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No Pomp. No Circumstance. But Lots of Hope.

Apr 18, 2020

Note: Dr. Jennifer Lynch stopped by the Front Porch to share the following letter she wrote to her daughter who is scheduled to graduate from high school later this spring.  By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. Dear Ellie, Unfortunately, you and your friends will not get to decorate the tops of your graduation caps. You won’t have…

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We Can’t Even Agree on a Virus. Why Are We Surprised?

Mar 30, 2020

So fighting a worldwide pandemic has now become just another partisan issue to be debated endlessly on cable news. Science used to matter. Today? Not so much. Are you on Team Fauci or Team Trump? In time of a national crisis, unfortunately we pick our mascots and head to the battlefield But these disagreements are…

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