A poll conducted July 24-27, 2009 by the Wall Street Journal asked people whether they thought President Barack Obama's health plan was a good or bad idea – 42 percent called it a bad idea while 36 percent said it was a good idea. Only 15 percent of those with private insurance thought their health care would improve under his plan.
My sister keeps asking where I find the time for such nonsense as online social networking. Honestly, it doesn't feel very time consuming. Where else can you read for three minutes and find out what's going on in a dozen or more of your friends' lives? I find it much more efficient than wading through e-mails, texting or spending hours on the phone.
Isn't it lovely to find ourselves in the middle of a peaceful three-day weekend? The gorgeous weather is beckoning all of us outside. Several of our friends are boating and camping, while others are soaking up the sun on Florida's beaches.
For seven long, heartbreaking years, I watched them from a distance, longing more than anything to join them. Mothers knew things I didn't. They had a quiet confidence, a mysterious, comfortable bond that I never quite understood and doubted that I ever would. My empty womb, my empty arms, my hollow heart wanted to be one of them.
Finally, when the time was right, after countless doctors' visits and treatments, it happened. I joined the club on a cold January afternoon, bewildered and amazed by the tiny babe in my arms. I had my official Mommy Club membership, but ...
Since last Thursday, dozens of people have forwarded me the link to her "Britain's Got Talent" audition video on YouTube. At this moment, it's gotten 20 million hits. Boyle completely wowed cynical "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, two other judges, and the audience with her strong, angelic voice. And now she is being discussed around the world. Even Oprah Winfrey has invited Boyle to appear on her show.
I've unknowingly insulted my children's intelligence for several years now, and I bet many of you are guilty of the same. How do otherwise loving parents do this? By grossly underestimating what our children are capable of.
Parenting seems so straightforward when you read the books. Limit your child's exposure to TV. Feed your children a balanced diet that includes lots of vegetables. Fill your home with books to cultivate a love of reading.
It was just before Thanksgiving when we found out we were having a boy. This long-awaited pregnancy, filled with anxiety, stress and the most abundant joy you can imagine was going to result in the son everyone was hoping we'd have.