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Joan Larsen’s Story of Ethan: Should Being A Doctor Be in His Future?

July 30, 2014

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By Joan Larsen The phone rang. As I answered, I would never have believed that – with my answers – I could be changing a life at the other end. Ethan – my friend’s newly 16-year-old son, a boy brilliant in my estimation – was counting on me for help. Those in high school honors […]

Happy Eid al-Fitr 1435

July 28, 2014

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Today, 28 July, is the day that U.S. Muslims celebrate the Feast of Breaking the Fast, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan this year. Eid mubarak!  Today begins a three-day holiday of prayer, charity, feasting, visiting, and gift-giving as Muslims celebrate the end of the difficult month of Ramadan, which requires abstaining from […]

Immigration Crisis: Why Should Honduras Get Special Consideration?

July 25, 2014

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Perspective: the fact that a “refugee” can walk to our border does not make him more deserving of asylum than other sufferers around the world. Now, with an unmanageable flow of underage, unaccompanied illegal immigrants overwhelming US facilities near the border, the Obama administration is thinking about screening thousands of children and young adults in […]

Joan Larsen Encore: The Grand Days of London – An Interlude with Ingrid Bergman

July 23, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Another world, another time…  a time when we were young, eager to grab for the stars along the way, and then – then – an opportunity to go to London.  LONDON!  Well, London was like being given the world.  Two weeks in London was to be a glimpse of heaven and we […]

Hey South Carolina: I Was a 7-Year-Old Latchkey Kid

July 21, 2014

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Thank God it was the 1970s, so my Dad didn’t end up in jail, and I didn’t end up in foster care.   In the news we hear of a South Carolina mother who was jailed and lost custody of her 9-year-old daughter for allowing her to play unsupervised at a local park (with a […]

Online News Sites Beware: Advertisers That Act as Reader Repellent

July 18, 2014

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If your ads are too distracting, you’re just making me leave the page I am on to seek out my content elsewhere… the opposite of the desired effect.   Lila is a big consumer of news articles. I know that sites have to be funded by something, and since most people don’t want to pay […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Living Your Life With Passion – The Holstee Manifesto

July 16, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   Each year in my home,we celebrate a day that is private only to us. This year it began in early morning. A long thin wrapped gift lay on the dining table. On top, the heavy cream-colored envelope said only “My Love”. The note paper was heavy. My husband obviously had spent […]

Hobby Lobby and IVF: Inconsistent Thinking

July 14, 2014

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By now we all know that the Supreme Court ruled that “closely held” for-profit employers may decline to pay for contraceptive coverage if it goes against the business owners’ religious beliefs. This, in spite of the ACA’s stance that contraception is an essential part of women’s reproductive health in this day and age. Hobby Lobby, […]

Law Enforcement Has Officially Gone Insane: Teen Sexting as Child Porn

July 11, 2014

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Teens experimenting with their budding sexual urges is normal. Cops giving a 17-year-old boy an erection against his will and then photographing it as “evidence” is just SICK.   By now most of us are aware of “sexting,” that indiscreet practice of sending nude or partly nude photos of oneself to one’s love interest.   As […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Touching Down on the World’s Shortest Landing Strip

July 9, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Saba.  Saba, the island that is the unspoiled queen of the Caribbean, is virtually unknown, and yet – once seen seems to hover in the mind forever after.  Getting there, however, seems to ward off all but the most adventurous.  Why? Well, its miniscule airstrip is reputedly one of the most dangerous […]

Be Fruitful, Unless You’re Not Like Me

July 7, 2014

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Facebook, Hobby Lobby, and crowded trains reveal a very strange way of thinking among some of my friends.   You know how most of us self-censor depending on who we’re talking to? We will tell things to our friends that we would never in a million years say to our parents; we use different language […]

Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

July 4, 2014

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It’s worth remembering that the “founding fathers” of our country were brave enough to stand up to what they saw as tyranny. They were willing to risk their personal and political fortunes, their freedom and their very lives to oppose the Crown over issues like unfair taxes, curtailment of credit, being forced to accommodate soldiers […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Shore Party in the Land of the Midnight Sun

July 2, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Life holds the most unexpected surprises, the forever memories, to those who are open to them.  Isn’t that true?  But, on this day of astonishing splendor that, truly, only a few countries in our world can offer, this journey — to the edge of the world that was Norway —  had been […]