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Author: Sandra D. Coburn

No (Fear Inducing) Safety Pins for Me

Sandra D. Coburn explains why she definitely won’t be wearing a safety pin.

I Saw My Father’s Heart Today

I saw my father’s heart today. My father, nearly 91, spent the morning in confusion, removing his sheets, his gown, and the leads on his chest that once linked him to a monitor. He had already...

#JeSuisCharlie

On January 7, twelve people in Paris were murdered, and freedom of expression once again fell under attack. People worldwide responded to this act of barbarism with hashtags. I’m not usually a...

Florida Moves to Protect 2nd Amendment Rights during Emergencies

If you had to leave your home in a hurry, what would you bring?  Living in Florida, this isn’t just a conversation starter; it is part of life from June through November. I can break the items...

Breaking Stereotypes: What does a conservative woman look like?

What does a conservative look like? Male? Old? White? Fat? Rich? A tycoon? A soccer mom? Who are conservatives as people? Greedy? Violent? Ignorant? Unfeeling? What concerns conservatives? Money?...

Study Says “Like Kitties? You Might Be A Liberal!”

Time, in their Science and Space column, is using observations by social scientists to predict your political leanings based on your scaled responses to twelve simple statements, such as “I...

Lessons Learned in 2013

A crisis recently forced me to find a secure memory care facility for my parents at a moment’s notice. My brothers and sister have already had their turns helping, so it fell upon me to help my...

Independence Day From 1776 to 2013

July 4, 1776 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty...

Muslims: Time To Call for Reformation

On October 31, 1517, a German priest and scholar named Martin Luther went to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg and posted his Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences, which...

Vegan” Earth Day Cake – A Tribute to Sandra Lee

Holidays remind me of food, and made-up holidays remind me of Sandra Lee’s classic Kwanzaa Cake, which inspired parodies throughout YouTube. So when I thought of Earth Day food, I thought of...

MY Child, MY Responsibility

An ad featuring MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry stirred up controversy recently. Under the banner of Lean Forward, Ms. Harris-Perry states, “We have never invested as much in public education as...

The Rockets of Toronto

Every night, children in Buffalo huddle in their beds, knowing that their sleep may be interrupted by the rockets of Toronto. Gas masks await nearby, ready for a chemical attack – a constant...

Equality through Inequality? The New Focus on Race in Education

When I first heard that there was a “new black Education Director,” I assumed that there was a new director at the Department of Education, and this person was African-American. But I was wrong. ...

A Poverty of Leadership in Washington

Every good parent learns that “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t fly with kids. You may think your children are ignoring you, but they listen and watch everything you say and do. Need proof? Say...