• Life,  Nature

    The Mating Game

    It’s cicada season in my backyard, and pretty much everywhere I go. Not just cicadas but frogs too. During the day all I can hear is the whirring, rattling sound of tiny prop engines calling out to each other. At night its the chirruping of frogs in trees or bushes. Obviously, the mating game is afoot. I don’t mind the frogs so much; their soft croaks aren’t really croaks at all, not even in the sense of it. The sound is more like some sort of loud cricket or night bird. But the cicadas…they have got to stop. It’s bad enough seeing the husks lying around (although once they’ve abandoned…

  • 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion,  Compassion,  Parenting

    Punishing, Not Celebrating, Teen Pregnancy? Huh?

    There was a little debate on my Facebook feed yesterday that stopped me in my tracks and, once again, forced me to question people’s compassion. I try to stay out of Facebook drama because, seriously, I have enough in my own life. However, having had a little experience in the area of the subject in question I couldn’t just stand by and not let my voice be heard. The subject was fairly simple, or so I thought, but it turned out to be more complicated than that. The subject was “Should a baby shower be thrown for a teen expecting a baby?” The reason it was complicated is because the…