LaVonne Neff is an amateur theologian and cook; lover of language and travel; wife, mother, grandmother, godmother, dogmother; perpetual student, constant reader, and Christian contrarian. She blogs at Lively Dust and reviews books for various magazines.

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Make Your Wish List a Giving List

by LaVonne Neff 12-04-2009
I have mixed feelings about wish lists. They rob Christmas of creativity, surprise, and personal contact, but they make shopping much, much easier.

When Everything Changed: 50 Years of Women's Progress

by LaVonne Neff 11-24-2009

In the first year of Gail Collins's survey of "the amazing journey of American women from 1960 to the present," I turned 12.

The Mammogram Panic, or, False Positives Are No Picnic

by LaVonne Neff 11-19-2009
Inhale through your nose (be sure your abdomen moves, not just your chest). Exhale through your mouth. Slowly, now ...

The Locavore's Dilemma: What We Eat is More Than Just a Personal Choice

by LaVonne Neff 11-17-2009
I'm a cradle vegetarian. Didn't have even a bite of meat -- red or white, fish or fowl -- until I was maybe eleven years old, and then I lost my dietary virginity to a hot dog.

The Evil Insurance Company Repents, But the Stuggle for Reform Continues

by LaVonne Neff 10-26-2009
Never underestimate the power of a determined family, the press, the internet, and an outraged public. Guardian Life has changed its policy and apologized to the Pearl family.

I Was Wrong. The Insurance Company Was Evil.

by LaVonne Neff 10-21-2009
I was wrong.

Evil Insurance Company or Evil Health-Care System?

by LaVonne Neff 10-19-2009
A friend sent me a link to a Washington Times article, "Insurer ends health pr

Adam Smith Meets the Rich Young Ruler: Health Care and the Common Good

by LaVonne Neff 10-14-2009

For more than sixty years American presidents have tried to reform our health-care system, to no avail.

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'

by LaVonne Neff 10-12-2009

Big Food vs. Big Health Care

by LaVonne Neff 09-14-2009
In his September 9 New York Times article, "Big Food vs.

Three Keys to Reforming Health Care: T.R. Reid's The Healing of America

by LaVonne Neff 09-09-2009
A couple of weeks ago I previewed T.R.

Dog is My Co-Pilot?

by LaVonne Neff 09-04-2009

Last week a friend who knows my dogs sent me a link to Wendy Francisco's wildly popular new song, "God and Dog" (more than half a million views at time of writing). G-o-d and d-o-G--two words, one kind of love. "They would stay with me all day; / I'm the one who walks away.

More Health Scare Tactics: Debunking the 'Death Book'

by LaVonne Neff 08-28-2009
These days wisdom seems in short supply in the health-care debate. To wit: the Aug.

Letter to Congress on Health Care

by LaVonne Neff 08-11-2009

Is National Health Care Hazardous to Your Health? Check the Facts

by LaVonne Neff 07-22-2009
Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting that cancer survival rates are much higher in the U.S. than in various European countries.

I Don't Care What Our Health-Care System is Called, as Long as it Delivers

by LaVonne Neff 07-20-2009
I recently sent an e-mail about health care to my congressman, Peter Roskam (R-IL, 6th District), through his Web site.