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
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
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
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
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
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.
I was wrong.
Evil Insurance Company or Evil Health-Care System?
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
Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Big Food vs. Big Health Care
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
A couple of weeks ago I previewed T.R.
Dog is My Co-Pilot?
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'
These days wisdom seems in short supply in the health-care debate. To wit: the Aug.
Letter to Congress on Health Care
Is National Health Care Hazardous to Your Health? Check the Facts
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
I recently sent an e-mail about health care to my congressman, Peter Roskam (R-IL, 6th District), through his Web site.
Stop this Malicious E-mail