Recently I was asked to speak to a civic organization on the topic of diversity. Diversity, in the current vernacular anyway, is one of those words that defies a simple definition. I was looking over my notes beforehand in Starbucks trying to think of concrete examples when I saw a poster in the storefront encouraging people to apply for employment with the franchise. It read:
You'll notice it the moment you walk into one of our coffeehouses—the partners who work here are a diverse group of people who reflect the local community. We offer a welcoming environment that embraces individual differences and encourages mutual respect. If this appeals to you ... let's chat.
Striking up a conversation with one of the baristas, she told me that their employee handbook contained much of the same language and gave me one. She was right. Of their "six guiding principles," diversity figured very prominently. more >>
Angelina Jolie has reflected on what the late Christian war hero Louis Zamperini taught her about overcoming adversity in the wake of her recent health scare.
The 40-year-old "Unbroken" director had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last month as a cancer prevention measure, two years after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy.
She admitted that the decision to have a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was "not easy" and recently spoke about how facing any kind of adversity can make one "stronger" while recalling the heroic story of Zemperini, an Olympian runner-turned-American World War II prisoner of war survivor. more >>
The first time porn was served at the cafeteria lunch table, my son was eleven years old. Does that seem young to you? Research suggests that one in three children ages 11-14 have viewed pornography on a mobile device. Add to that the very real possibility that a child will stumble across explicit content on YouTube or in a pop-up during innocent computer usage, and one thing becomes clear: parents must be proactive in talking about porn with their kids.
I'm not a fear-monger when it comes to parenting. In fact, I think fear is a terrible motivator for making parenting decisions. But if children are being exposed to porn at young ages, the loving thing to do as a parent is to equip them to know how to respond. The most frequent parenting question I'm asked is, "When should I talk to my child about sex?" My adamant answer is, "Much earlier than you might think." If you're concerned about your child being exposed to porn, you've got to talk about sex, and you must do so early.
Let me tell you what played out at the sixth grade lunch table that day. When the phone with the images was offered, my son responded, "I don't look at porn." The owner of the phone, perplexed, asked, "Then how will you know how to have sex?" My son responded that his parents had told him all about it. Jaws dropped. Not one other sixth grade boy at the table had had a conversation with his parents about sex, or, it would seem, about porn. But they were by no means lacking in instruction. more >>
Last month's ghastly beheading of 20 Coptic Christian migrant workers on a Libyan beach prompted worldwide outrage and retaliatory airstrikes by Egypt's government.
But out of public sight, the same victims' families and neighbors now silently face persecution at home, in Egypt.
Following the beheadings, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered the construction of a church bearing their name in Al Our village, the hometown of 13 of the victims. This move, like the airstrikes, was meant to reassure the country's Copts that they were equal citizens in the new Egypt. more >>
"Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." The words of the First Amendment couldn't be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate.
Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended). These words would be the subject of debate if debate were permitted. But these days, apparently, we're all so thin-skinned that we can't bear to hear an opinion that challenges our worldview.
This is even true, ironically, at our institutions of higher learning. Some colleges are far more interested in swaddling their students in a protective bubble than in teaching free speech. more >>
Universal Pictures just released its latest trailer for "Jurassic World," putting the spotlight on a new breed of dinosaur, Indominus Rex.
Sci-fi adventure film, "Jurassic World" just gave audiences their first look at a brutal new hybrid dinosaur called Indominus Rex in the latest trailer released for the "Jurassic Park" franchise.
The movie, based on the best-selling novel by Michael Crichton, will be bringing theater goers back to the infamous Isla Nublar when it premieres in theaters on June 12 this year. more >>