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Motherhood, version 2.0

Bethany Jones

Five days after giving birth, I dropped my husband off at the airport and waved goodbye with our two small children. Our baby had arrived right on his due date, which put his birth during the week of our move from Hawaii back to "the mainland." While exciting, this meant ...

Why Do Witches Burn?

Bethany Jones

Tonight we attended a Bible study at our church, during which time my 11 year old sister hung out with her friends and played a game.On the way home in the car, we asked what game they had played."You'll never believe it," Jaley said, exasperated. "It was the most boring ...

Out of Gas! Oh No!

Bethany Jones

Last week:**[(CNN) -- Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy:][1] An estimated three-fourths of gas stations in the Nashville, Tennessee, area ran dry Friday, victim of an apparent rumor that the city was running out of gas. "Everybody has just gone nuts," said Mike Williams, executive director of the Tennessee Petroleum Council. ...

The Art of Online Nudity

Bethany Jones

As a teenager (which was as recently as two years ago), I remember MySpace growing in popularity. About the same time, many parents were becoming concerned with the growing number of teenage girls posting nude or partially nude photos of themselves on the internet. My grandmother would ask my parents ...

Have you heard?

Bethany Jones

It's on the news.It's on the blogs.It's on the message boards, and being discussed at church, at the grocery store, and on the bus.Sarah Palin's daughter is pregnant.And apparently, that makes Palin a bad mother and unable to handle the oh-so-challenging job of being Vice President.A close Canadian friend of ...

Saving the World, One Dollar at a Time

Bethany Jones

The "Night of the Living Homeless" episode of South Park really hit home with me since Hawai'i has such a high homeless population.I spent my teenage years near Fort Scott, Kansas, and still remember the first time a homeless person came to our town. EVERYONE was talking about. People came ...

"I Want To Be One Less."

Bethany Jones

Since I'm going to be spending a significant amount of time in Asia over the next few years, I figured it would be a good idea to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A. After all, I'd hate to order a salad somewhere in Beijing and end up diseased. That would make ...

The Battle of the Mothers

Bethany Jones

It truly is amazing how "big of a deal" it is to people whether a woman chooses to stay home with her children or go off to work, regardless of how much choice a woman truly holds over the entire ordeal.I'm now out of college, and a well-meaning relative recently ...

Socialize This

Bethany Jones

A few nights ago, my husband and I were riding home from a concert with some friends, when the subject of homeschooling came up.My 11 year old sister is leaving Kansas for a few months this fall to come stay with me, and I'm going to be assisting her in ...

Parenting & Obesity

Bethany Jones

I've been a parent for about a year and a half now (longer, if we're counting that entire gestation-thing), so I'm well versed in the decisions parents have to make for their kids. Even before our children are born we're bombarded with choices to make: do I have an epidural? ...

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