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You May Sponge Away the Writing on the Stone

In 1962, the Christmas season began, of course, on September 10. That was the day the Sears, Roebuck Christmas Catalog arrived in the mail. As a 7-year-old, I had an already well-established and not uncommon kid's holiday priority: getting more presents. My brothers, no less mercenary than I, taught by example what I hardly needed instruction about. Christmas was our one big chance, our fondest annual hope, to get as much as we possibly could finagle out of our parents. My father earned just barely enough; my mother worked a tight budget; and birthday gifts were too often just clothes.

Depression and Dissatisfaction Among Healthcare Workers

A few years ago, Time Magazine published a list of the “best professions in America,” naming Audiology number one.1 According to the study, audiologists enjoy, “low levels of stress, a good median salary, and faster than average job growth.” Sounds great, right? Except that the study failed to measure job satisfaction or life satisfaction, and that’s a key factor given that many types of healthcare workers are making money up the wazoo, experiencing career growth, and at the same time, suffering from severe depression.

You will be shocked to see just how far the West has strayed from a traditional marriage

In the heart of the UK, we will see how far things have gone off the deep end.

People are now totally self-centered and not interested in having a family.

Marriage vs. Netflix?

Most people asked are definitely not interested in having a family.

Will there be children in one or two generations?

That’s a real question.

But, videos will definitely exist.

The combination of the traditional household falling apart and unbridled immigration in Europe is a definite signal that the world is going to pot.


U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stands behind as U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the proclamation he signed that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, during an address from the White House in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2017. (photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)



US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, US, September 18, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Israel is talking with more countries about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

His announcement comes as the UN Security Council in New York prepares to hold a meeting in New York to discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to officially recognize Jerusalem and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


With Vice President Mike Pence looking on, US President Donald Trump gives a statement on Jerusalem, during which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, US, December 6, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE)

SEOUL -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital and would move its embassy there, upending decades of a diplomatic consensus over the status of the city pioneered by his predecessors.

Emotional Eating During the Holidays

Stress abounds during the holiday season. It could be physical stress — your mind and body are stretched thin with the extra obligations and responsibilities this time of year. Or it could be emotional stress — the emotional pain of family rifts and disagreements, painful memories from the past or loneliness because of loss. Whether you are physically or emotionally stressed, you might turn to food for comfort. Emotional eating happens when you eat certain foods or overeat to soothe negative emotions or reduce your stress level.

Colleges across America promote taking Christ out of Christmas

Under the guise of inclusivity, colleges across the nation are promoting non-religious decorations and displays for Christmas.

It’s part of an annual debate on whether public religious displays are appropriate for Christmas — a holiday so-named because it celebrates the birth of Christ. Some colleges issue decorating guidelines, reports Campus Reform, a conservative website for college news. College leaders say the guidelines are simply an attempt to make the holiday season more inclusive.


‘Gender-expansive’ school district policy takes kids’ side over parents in gender-identity disputes

A Maine school board unanimously approved a transgender student policy that takes the child’s side over parental wishes regarding a student’s chosen gender identity at school, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Language recommended by the Maine Human Rights Commission mandates that Portland Public Schools should “abide by the wishes of the student” regarding his or her gender identity at school if there is a disagreement with the student’s parents or legal guardian, the paper said regarding the measure passed last week.