Articles and posts from our staff blog.


The Importance of Being Sad

By editor10022 July 20, 2015

Pixar’s latest creation Inside Out is a simple story, but one that is sure to stimulate conversation.  The movie takes place mostly in the head of an 11-year old girl Riley, an only child, whose idyllic world is turned upside down when she and her parents move to San Francisco.  Riley’s emotions, led by Joy, […]

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By editor10022 July 1, 2015

Connie Murray, who along with my mother Mona Mansell, built Freedom Institute from the ground up, passed away this past Tuesday, June 30th. After joining Freedom Institute in 1978, just after it was founded, Connie served as my mother’s partner for nearly 20 years, and ultimately became the Executive Director and President of Freedom Institute. […]

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Will’s Willow

By editor10022 June 19, 2015

by Bill Williams Deaths by drug overdose are on the rise in the U.S. with frightening frequency.  The numbers are alarming, but they are not just numbers.  They are real people who mean something to others, someone’s father, brother, daughter, or, in the case of our frequent contributor, Bill Williams, someone’s son.  The epidemic of addiction […]

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Which is Worse for Me…?

By fi_admin June 15, 2015

Parenting is easier when kids are younger and ask questions like, “Why is the sky blue?”  Once they reach adolescence, the questions get much trickier.  For example, “Which is worse for me drinking vodka or smoking weed?” The legalization of pot is one of the most talked about, written about, and misunderstood topics today. National […]

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Let Out The Rope

By editor10022 June 15, 2015

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for: your beloved son or daughter is home from his/her first year of college. If you’re like many other parents, within about three days (by which we mean hours), your joy is threatened by disbelief that after a year of being mostly independent, your kid STILL can’t hang up […]

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