The Job Description for “Mother”

Job Title:   Mother.

General Job Description:  Giving birth and nurturing a child so that it actualizes its full potential as a human being.

Qualifications:  Must be a female who is able to reproduce.  No education or training of any kind is required.

Salary:  None.

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Coronavirus and Hysteria

Ever since the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is now called, appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 it has invoked a fear reaction.  “A new virus has been discovered,” experts were saying, “it is spreading fast in China,” “93 people have died in China,” “47 have died in Iran,“ “I’m afraid this time we may be in for an epidemic of world proportions….”

These kinds of statements by reporters, doctors, government officials and even Presidents have contributed to a growing hysteria.  People are staying home from work and stocking up on food supplies, and Walmart also reported recently that people are buying guns at an increased rate.  It seems that almost everybody is expecting some world disaster.

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The Decline of the American Male

If we study the average number of males and females in college today, it may be an indicator of what kind of parenting boys are given.  The proportion of males and females in college classes has changed over the years.  In the 1970s the proportion was approximately even.  Fifty percent of college students were male and 50% were female.

However, since then that proportion has gradually changed.  By the 1980s, the proportion was 45% male to 55% female.  By the 1990s the proportion was about 40% male to 60% female.   And by 2020, the proportion had risen to about about 35% male to 65% female–this according to Forbes.  If this trend continues at the same rate, by the year 2050, there will be very few males in college.

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Do Not Admire Kobe Bryant

Almost as soon as the news came out about Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash on a California mountain, the testimonies and odes to his greatness as a basketball player and as a man began to appear.

He is the only NBA player to have a 20-year career with one team. His raw statistics were outstanding: Five championships, two Finals MVPs, one regular season MVP, third on the all-time career scoring list, 15 All-NBA team selections, 18 All-Star selections, and four-time scoring champion.

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A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Art by Eva Campbell –

Common sense tells us that a hug is good for us.  Now a new study confirms just how and why hugs are so beneficial.

A study of 404 healthy adults by experimenters at Carnegie Mellon University examined the effects of hugs on the health of participants, particularly their susceptibility to developing the common cold.  People who reported more hugs and greater social support were 32% less likely to come down with a cold, and the researchers interpreted that a “stress-buffering” effect of hugging explained the beneficial effect.

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The Myth of Heroic Revenge?

Is revenge heroic?

In movies and TV shows revenge is often depicted as a courageous act, and those who succeed in getting revenge are portrayed as heroes.  The Lifetime Channel on TV specializes in revenge movies.  They’ve got it down to a formula.

In each story, there is an innocent heroine and a malicious villain.  The villain tries to take away the heroine’s job, family, children, reputation, identity, mansion, rubies or all of the above.  Eventually the heroine turns into a vigilante and goes after the villain to make him or her pay for what they have done.  And the heroine (almost always female) doesn’t just shoot one bullet into the villain’s body, but about ten or eleven.  He or she gets what they deserve.

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Are We the New Sodom and Gomorrah?

Two angels appeared before Abraham, patriarch of the Jews.  They said to him, “The villages of Sodom and Gomorrah must be destroyed because the people there have all become corrupt and perverse.”

Abraham could not believe this to be true, so he said to the angels, “If I can find fifty good people there, will you spare these villages?”  The angels agreed.  Abraham searched the villages and could not find fifty good people.

Abraham then asked the angels, “If I can find forty good people there, will you spare these villages?”  The angels again agreed.  Abraham searched the villages and could not find forty good people.

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Another Sign America is Going Mad

The fourth Democratic debate ended with a question that most candidates evaded and later metwith a hailstorm of slams on Twitter.  The question was about Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship with President George Bush.

This was in reference to Degeneres being largely criticized by liberals after she and former President George W. Bush were seen laughing together at a football game. Ellen defended their friendship, saying, ‘We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK, that we’re all different,’”   Anderson Cooper, debate moderator, brought this up and asked. “So in that spirit, we’d like you to tell us about a friendship that you’ve had that would surprise us and what impacts it’s had on you and your beliefs.”

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Personality Doesn’t Change

Can a nerdy child grow up to be an aggressive tycoon?  Can a childhood bully develop into a mild-mannered librarian?

Social Scientists have long debated whether our personalities develop mainly in early childhood or continue to change and grow throughout our lives.  Sigmund Freud was the first to state that personality is formed in early childhood and stays basically the same throughout adulthood.  One of his followers, Eric Erikson, believed we continue to develop throughout our lifespan.

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Fatherhood Under Attack

Half the fathers in a new survey report being criticized about their parenting skills. Mostly, the criticism comes from their wives and partners.

Topping the list of areas in which fathers felt criticized was how they dealt with discipline. “Addressing a child’s misbehavior is one of the greatest challenges of parenting, and parents aren’t always on the same page when it comes to expectations and consequences,” said survey co-director Sarah Clark, of the University of Michigan.

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