Posted 3/3/15 at 8:18 AM | Karen Kramer
Returning from a business trip, her husband unexpectedly announced he wanted a divorce. No counseling, no arguments, no trial separations, he just wanted out—after years together. Shocked speechless, the woman gripped the chair and slid into it.
In the immediate aftermath, she vacillated between despair and hysterical crying. Nothing made sense, except that her heart had been broken in two. In her emotional anguish, she experienced very real pain in the pounding of her own heart.
While it doesn’t happen to everyone, there have now been enough cases that doctors are on the alert for heart attack symptoms seen in those in the midst of severe emotional trauma. It’s called stress cardiomyopathy, which in layman’s terms means broken heart syndrome. It is triggered by the acute stress that can be brought on by the death of a loved one, or a divorce.
As the body responds to the severe shock, adrenaline levels spike and the heart is literally stunned—causing the left ventricle to fail to move properly. Victims feel intense heart pounding and have difficulty breathing. Yet, in the emergency room, blood tests most likely indicate that it’s not a heart attack. Usually, the diagnosis is called a panic attack. FULL POST
Posted 2/27/15 at 8:10 AM | Karen Kramer
Measured by some of the curt replies I received, I could tell last week’s post riled some folks. Why should I finger President Obama for posting selfies, when everyone else does too? Who really cares?
Another reader complained:
"He can't enjoy himself during his term? You must be a Christian that believes entertainment is wrong. Do you resent him sleeping at night too? Why are you so priggish?"
Okay. Point taken. I am priggish. President Obama was merely reaching out to those who appreciate a good selfie.
Someone else said to stop playing the blame game. Another reader suggested, I should really be pointing the finger at myself and asking how am I helping this sorry world?
So, please accept my apologies—and I extend apologies to President Obama. Since it’s hard for this unelected, small town American to change policies on immigration, ISIS, or our fledgling economy, I’m focusing on what I can do: FULL POST
Posted 2/20/15 at 8:02 AM | Karen Kramer
It’s the 21st Century but we’re witnessing a reemergence of medieval warfare—the beheadings, brutality, and slavery—as it spreads, some military experts speculate that it’ll end in a global war.
We depend on our nation’s brightest minds to know how to deal with the threats against us. We can argue about our foreign policy maneuvers, but unfortunately the choices that remain are hard ones.
As our nation deals with the horrific executions of some of our own citizens, I’m wondering if it was wise for our president to release a bunch of selfies promoting his health care law? The timing couldn’t have been more inappropriate.
Just as we were evacuating our US Embassy in Yemen (a nation Obama once praised as an example of our foreign policy success), the White House released the selfies. FULL POST
Posted 2/18/15 at 8:23 AM | Karen Kramer
Even though the producers of Family Guy consider statutory rape a laughing matter, it never is. On the February 8th episode that aired on Fox network, the story line was about a child molester’s sexual involvement with a high school girl.
Like many Americans, I find many Hollywood entertainment choices to be repugnant, but that doesn’t mean that I must accept everything that is produced. The airwaves are public, and we have a right to complain to the FCC when we feel it’s in our and our children’s best interests.
Since Federal Communications Commission and Fox network are required to operate in the public interest, it needs to be reported that shows joking about child rape are NOT in our best interest. American Family Association and the Parents Television Council are asking for concerned citizens to take action. Click here to send your complaint. FULL POST
Posted 2/13/15 at 7:34 AM | Karen Kramer
Long before emails, letters served as heartfelt offerings of love and encouragement.
I have bundles of them saved in a box. My dad loved writing letters for special occasions.
Those letters always had an amazing blend of wisdom and love. But one Valentine’s Day letter was different and we both knew why.
2/14/1979 FULL POST
Posted 2/12/15 at 8:19 AM | Karen Kramer
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve seen the commercials and the hype for Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s perverse. It’s desensitizing us further. It’s porn.
America, we are becoming a nation of porn addicts. Fight The New Drug (FTND) is an organization with a mission to provide information about pornography.
Using science, facts, and personal accounts, it provides people with the truth so they can make an informed choice about using this “new” drug.
Someone you know is already hooked on porn. Maybe it’s you. Check out this link and you can choose a category on how porn harms the brain and the heart. We can’t ignore this. Thanks to the Internet and smart devises porn is easy to get, but it’s exceedingly hard to break away from. Beware. If porn isn’t a problem for you, it could be for someone you love.
Posted 2/9/15 at 8:17 AM | Karen Kramer
A harbinger of spring is the much-anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. With a barely there string bikini the 2015 model stares into the camera while coyly tugging the bottom half of her suit as low as soft-porn allows. The provocative cover will be gracing checkout aisles across our nation starting February 9th. And whether you like it or not, you’ll be seeing it in many stores.
While the magazine appeals to its male audience, it degrades women everywhere. With it prominently displayed in grocery and drug stores, how many young eyes will view it? Stores carrying the magazine need to hear from concerned parents. It’s not as if they can’t cover the magazine, or display it in an alternate place, out of the line-of-sight of children. But they won’t if we don’t speak up.
Most store managers have kids or grandkids of their own. Would they want their family exposed to this? FULL POST
Posted 2/6/15 at 7:56 AM | Karen Kramer
Millions (of mostly women) have read E.L. James’ Fifty Shades erotica trilogy. I’m not one of them, but I’ve talked to some who have. Plus at least a dozen email links about it have been sent to me asking for my opinion. It’s never fair to review something you haven’t read, but one mom was deeply concerned about the perceptions her older teen daughter now has about men, sex, and real love.
Adults have the freedom to read, view, and enjoy the entertainment of their choice. While we may not like all the entertainment options, at least we can choose. Children sometimes make these choices without knowing the consequences.
By definition, erotica is literature (or art) that is sexually explicit. Erotica is designed to heighten the sexual response of readers (or viewers). FULL POST
Posted 2/3/15 at 8:10 AM | Karen Kramer
As if television could get no worse, WE Network is preparing to televise Sex Box—a popular show that debuted in Great Britain. The show highlights couples receiving marital therapy on live television. But before the counseling session begins, the couple enters a soundproof box (sans cameras) and makes love. The idea is that the couple will be more receptive to therapy after their time in the sex box.
The show’s debut will be February 27, but not if the Parental Television Council gets its way. PTC President Tim Winter explains that Sex Box is a live sex show. One might see something like this on HBO or Showtime, but not regular cable. Broadcasting a show like this will allow for even more explicit content in the future.
Winter feels this show just adds toxicity to the entire environment. If you have people inside the box having sex the next step is putting a camera in the box.
The Parental Television Council is circulating a petition to stop the show before it airs. It’s important for networks to realize that programming choices will have consequences. When advertisers are threatened with angry viewers, they often rethink their sponsorship of certain shows. And that’s what PTC is hoping for now. But We TV President Marc Juris says, “Box is one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to bring it to WE TV. FULL POST
Posted 1/30/15 at 8:27 AM | Karen Kramer
Living in a politically correct world, where words and deeds can be recorded and replayed incessantly, why would someone willingly provoke the enemy’s anger? In a time when cartoons cause bloody massacres it would seem wise to put down the pen. Why incite people who want to kill for what they consider to be apostasy?
Christians are slaughtered for their faith and it would seem prudent to keep silent—out of fear. But is that what Jesus would do?
Sin is doing the wrong thing, but sin can be choosing not to do the right thing. If God has asked us to speak the truth in love, we need to. Fear keeps the multitudes silent. But faith allows us to use our lives in service to the King. That means serving the needy and praying for our enemies committing the atrocities. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. “ Matthew 5:44
Let’s not fear man, but instead fear God and seek His approval. We can be His light in this present darkness. When we speak from His Word and serve the hurting and the oppressed, we will lead others to Him. And in these perilous times, people need God’s love, protection, and salvation. FULL POST