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January 21, 2018

A high point of my holidays was a return to Raleigh’s Angus Barn after a long absence. It was grandly decked out for Christmas, as always.

But neither Biltmore-scale decorations nor the exquisite steak dinner our family enjoyed was at the heart of my pleasure.

No, it was the warmth with which…


Trailblaze Challenge: Endurance hike helps provide mountaintop experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses

January 21, 2018

Make-A-Wish was there for Ally Hart when she was at her lowest point, during her senior year of high school as both she and her mother battled cancer. The promise of the wish that would come was enough to lift her spirits and give her hope.

So it seemed only fitting that two years later, Make-A-…


Don't forbid your sisters from dating your friends

January 21, 2018

Q You recently made an excellent point that the only one who can decide who someone dates is themselves. However, I am a woman with many male friends I won’t “allow” my sisters to date, and I would like to share that someone may have other reasons to step in. One is because my…


Spanking often takes a beating from social scientists

January 21, 2018

Four sentences into her Wall Street Journal article on recent research into spanking (“Spanking for Misbehavior? It Causes More!” Dec. 17, 2017), the author, Susan Pinker, makes two grievous errors: first, she says that children under 7 cannot master their emotions; second, she says a…