Unplanned Parenthood

Evann and I advise married couples not to postpone the pleasures of parenthood. “We can’t afford kids right now, we’re just not ready yet” is a frequently heard refrain. We counsel against such rigid pragmatism. If you wait ’til you’re “ready” to have kids, you may never have any, we …

Fools (and Opportunists) Rushed In

If there is one phrase to describe the events in the subprime meltdown, it is “collective stupidity.” Looking back on the poor underwriting standards for mortgages, the inflated ratings for loans that were packaged together and the unknowns about the new financial instruments that big institutions eagerly gobbled up, it …

Adoption Scandal

Westerners have been sold the myth of a world orphan crisis. We are told that millions of children are waiting for their “forever families” to rescue them from lives of abandonment and abuse. But many of the infants and toddlers being adopted by Western parents today are not orphans at …

Stooge Christmas

I’ve got a surefire way to avoid the holiday blues — with a Three Stooges TV marathon! Now that I’m happily married and have six children, I no longer have to worry about loneliness at Christmas. But there was a time, many years ago, when I too dreaded the onset …

My Favorite Christmas Music

My wife is crazy for Christmas music and has an extensive collection. I’m not that wild about it myself, but I do like these four albums: “In the Nutcracker Mood,” the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s rollicking versions of selections from Tchaikovsky’s suite; The Mills Brothers’ “Merry Christmas,” guaranteed to bring harmony …

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