1 surefire way to annoy your holiday host

by Patrice Lewis -- A couple weeks ago, I read an article about a wonderful, gracious, guaranteed-to-please technique for peaceful holiday meals with friends and family: Ask your hosts if they have more…

Why do people scoff at preppers?

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently I read an article concerning the business boom of an emergency food company called Wise Co. It's a long piece describing how the company has expanded both more…

Thank God? It's about time

by Patrice Lewis -- As you read this, Thanksgiving has come and gone and people are back about their business. But this Thanksgiving represented a huge shift in national attitude of gratitude. more…

Offensensitivity

by Patrice Lewis -- Does anyone remember the Bloom County comic strip? Way back in 1982 I clearly recall a gem highlighting the comical subject of "Offensensitivity" in which characters realized "life more…

I was born in the wrong century

by Patrice Lewis -- Over my kitchen sink, I have a small ceramic tile depicting a charming scene: A father milking a cow, a mother making cheese and smiling at a watching more…

Do as I say, not as I do

by Patrice Lewis -- Last week I touched on a quasi-satirical phenomenon called the Dunning-Kruger effect, and quoted Wikipedia's definition: "A cognitive bias wherein people of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, more…

The 'how hard can it be' syndrome

by Patrice Lewis -- As many readers know, my husband and I homestead 20 acres in the North Idaho panhandle. It's a fun challenge that simultaneously keeps us young and gives us more…

Lament for my hometown

by Patrice Lewis -- One quiet summer day in June of 1981, home from my first year of college, I sat in my bedroom writing a letter to a friend. In a more…

2 categories of the 'ban all guns' crowd

by Patrice Lewis -- "Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." – George Orwell, "1984" In the wake of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas Sunday came the inevitable more…