Entries by Pamela Whitmore

Getting goose-bumpy over my kids’ reading

My tween daughter has started reading books in the “Goosebumps” series. I remember that when the series became popular in the 1990s, various writers worried that it was junk food of the mind for developing readers – children who should be reading better things than silly quasi-horror books! Now that worry itself seems silly in […]

The distorting of friendship

The Federalist has a marvelous article about friendship, “How to Stop Sexualizing Everything.” It’s a thoughtful look at how nonsexual love and affection, at least in pop culture, has been dwarfed by romanticism, or eros: The problem with our modern culture is friendship has been corrupted. [C.S.] Lewis says it began with the age of […]

World Congress of Families IX opens

The World Congress of Families IX opened Tuesday with music, pageantry, praise and encouragement to those who champion families around the world. “Marriage and families are the foundation of nations,” said Janice Shaw Crouse, director of WCF IX, in her remarks. Elder M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, welcoming […]

Watch GOP candidates debate Wednesday night on CNN

Remember last month’s lively Republican candidate debate on Fox? It’s time for the next round, this time on CNN. The primetime debate – with Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Rand Paul is tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 6 MDT. As […]

Some rip-roaring reality TV last night

I watched some of both debates yesterday – the warm-up act and the main show, so to speak. My overwhelming thought was that this was mostly a crowd of impressive, high-quality candidates. It was a pleasure to see this collection of talent – of strong conservative opinions, of realism about foreign policy and immigration, and […]

Ways to avoid financial conflict in marriage

How many couples see eye to eye on their finances? The way spouses handle money – or fail to handle it – makes a huge impact on family life and happiness. It’s not usually a matter of how much money is coming in; it’s more about how much is going out (and when, and for what, etc.) A Wall […]

Conservatives begin with gratitude

Conservatism is not about saying “no” to everything, nor is it about putting the brakes on a rapidly moving culture. It’s about gratitude. That’s what Yuval Levin told us upon receiving the Bradley Prize two years ago at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Levin, who calls himself a “reform conservative,” is editor of National Affairs, […]