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A Mother’s Day gift: paid maternity leave Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler   
Thursday, May. 05, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Did you know that women are the sole breadwinners in nearly half of U.S. households?

Yet, when women give birth to a baby, 88 percent of them are paid nothing in the weeks they take off after having a child.

These statistics were reported in an article by Cindy Goodman in the Miami Herald entitled, “Best Mother’s Day gift: paid maternity leave.”

As we approach Mother’s Day on May 8, it’s a time to thank and celebrate all mothers who gave us the gift of life.

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No one is beyond conversion Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler   
Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

These days it seems as if people fall into opposing camps on many issues. Abortion is certainly one of the most divisive issues in our society.

But people can change their minds on issues, even polarizing ones like abortion.

Someone who exemplifies the possibility of change is Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Clinic director. Johnson — whom I’ve heard speak — is now a powerful advocate for the pro-life side of the spectrum.

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Caring for creation: making it personal Print E-mail
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Written by Mary C. Uhler   
Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

As a small child, I can remember watching my grandmother work in the garden on the family farm. It was so peaceful to be outside in such a beautiful setting.

My father also had a garden in the backyard of our house in La Crosse when I was young. As a teacher, he had summers off and had the time to plant a big garden. At harvest time, he often went through the neighborhood giving away beets, tomatoes, and other extra vegetables.

I enjoyed helping him plant and care for the vegetables and flowers (which were my favorite part of the garden). To this day, there is nothing I like better than digging in the soil and planting flowers. The smell of the dirt and the sound of insects always make me feel good.

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