Gary L. Welton
Wed, February 12, 2014
Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays' struggles, real and ...
Wed, January 29, 2014
Can You Ready This Essay?
If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or ...
Thu, January 09, 2014
Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, "Alone again." He was a man of strong faith, and he was ...
Tue, December 31, 2013
Another New Year's Resolution?
For many years, on January 1, I resolved to practice a more active and healthy lifestyle; instead, I experienced consistent failure.
The American College of Sports ...
Tue, December 10, 2013
Equations of Christmas
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season's Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.
Being at our season of life, in those ...
Wed, November 27, 2013
A Transformational Thanksgiving
Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question ...
Wed, October 16, 2013
Teenage Sex a Family Affair?
According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) ...
Fri, September 20, 2013
Living Our Lives 'Under God'
The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words "under God" from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the ...
Thu, September 05, 2013
Parental Knowledge: Blind Spots
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on ...
Tue, July 30, 2013
During Mother's last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, "Sometimes she'd tangle ...
Mon, July 08, 2013
If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it's hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is ...
Wed, May 08, 2013
The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, "You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility." My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to ...
Wed, April 24, 2013
Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus
Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook ...
Wed, March 27, 2013
One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Tue, December 18, 2012
Time of Giving, Giving of Time
Christ is quoted, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Therein is one of life's toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?
We know that social ...
Tue, December 04, 2012
The Dividends of Self Control
As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.
Experience, an ...
Wed, November 26, 2008
I'm Positive About Parenting
Both our media and our politicians tell us that it is a terrible time to rear children. As parents, we are tempted to sing, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?" We ...