The British press just reported the result of a new study by academics from Oxford and the University of London that children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents. Children raised by married parents show lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.
Recent U.S. surveys show that the U.S. taxpayers' money appropriated to "close the gap" between higher-achieving and lower-achieving students has failed to achieve this goal. Contrary to conventional wisdom, poverty is not the principal cause of the gap, but whether or not children grow up in a family with their own mom and pop compared to kids who lack that advantage.
When the famous French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the mid-19th century, he wrote: "There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated." Our society of nuclear families produced a prosperous middle class that was the envy of the world. more >>
The number of legally married same-sex couples has increased considerably over the span of a year, but they remain a very small minority compared to opposite-sex married couples.
In a report from the U.S. Census, the number of legally married same-sex couple households increased from approximately 182,000 in 2012 to approximately 252,000 in 2013.
Jessica Arrendale is being hailed as a hero after giving her life to save her six-month-old daughter last week.
Arrendale, 37, returned home from a night out with the father of her daughter, Antoine Davis, when he became "belligerently drunk and abusive." At some point in the evening, Davis chased Arrendale up the stairs of her townhome in Smyrna, Georgia. Arrendale attempted to use a baseball bat to defend herself and her daughter, whom she was holding, but she was easily overcome by the former Marine, who hit her with the same bat. The baby was also possibly struck, as she is in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.
The single mother managed to lock herself and daughter Colbie in the bathroom, but Davis used an assault rifle to burst through the door and shoot Arrendale in the head. She was still holding Colbie at the time she was shot and somehow managed to fall in such a way as to drop Colbie in the toilet and cover her with her body. more >>
Actress Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn are now claiming that they can see what they believe to be spirits.
"Me and my mum Goldie can see dead people," Hudson told radio host Alan Carr during a recent segment. "It is not really seeing, it is feeling a spirit. A fifth energy. I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things."
Hudson and her mother are both spiritual, not necessarily tied down to one religious practice. Both have been associated with Judaism and Buddhism. more >>
Meredith Vieira revealed her past abusive relationship in the Wednesday episode of her new talk show, noting that domestic abuse can happen to anyone and making the decision to leave is not always black and white.
"When people talk about domestic violence it is really, really a complicated issue," she told the audience of the Meredith Vieira Show. "It's not so easy to get away. You think it would be but it is not."
Vieira, taking her cue from the many #WhyIStayed, #WhyILeft abuse stories swirling around social media since a leaked video of Former Ravens running back Ray Rice delivering a knock-out blow to his now-wife Janay, shared why she stayed with a boyfriend who repeatedly put his hands on her. more >>