Debra Haaland – New Secretary of the Interior.

I never heard the name Debra Haaland until President Biden appointed this Native American woman to his Cabinet as Secretary of the Interior last December. Our paths will likely never cross, though I would love to meet her and learn more about her tribal affiliation with the Laguna Pueblos. Her appointment is a sign of hope for our multi-cultural continent. Finally, after four centuries, a Native American woman sits at the table where national policies […]

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Gracewood – Home and Hope for Single Mothers

March is “Make A Difference” month at HowWiseThen. This week I highlight Gracewood, a ministry that provides a home and hope for single mothers. I’ve never met a woman who’s girlhood dream was to grow up to be a single mother. Yet that is reality for many women. Gracewood is a nonprofit housing program for single mothers and their minor children. In 2019 an estimated 15.8 million children lived with a single mother and another 3.2 […]

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Bridges to Life

March is “Make A Difference” month at HowWiseThen. This week I focus on Bridges to Life. Bridges to Life offers a program that transforms lives inside and outside prisons. I’m hardly an expert on prison reform issues, but I’m fairly confident we focus more on punishment and revenge than rehabilitation and redemption. This does a disservice to the guilty, their victims, and society when convicted felons return to public life worse than when they began their […]

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Welcome 2021

I’m struggling to end 2020 on a positive note. Are you? I am so ready to welcome 2021. I shall not burden you with my challenges, as I’m sure you have plenty of your own. However, as we close the calendar on 2020, I am discouraged, disappointed, and fighting to head off depression. I’ve been there before. It’s not a place I care to revisit so I fight against it with a variety of tools. […]

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A Wonderful Life?

We have three men to thank for the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Philip Van Doren Stern, author of the short story that inspired the movie; Frank Capra, the immigrant who produced the film;  Jimmy Steward, aka George Bailey. Prior to the release of this perennial favorite, none of them were having a wonderful life. The 1930s and 1940s, the decades in which the short story and the movie first appeared in public, were […]

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