Same name, different lives

“Your father wasn’t there because he couldn’t be; my father wasn’t there because he chose not to be,” author Wes Moore quotes the other Wes Moore as saying in a powerful story of the impact of fathers and mentors in the lives of children. The book offers a compelling portrait of the very different lives of two men who both began their lives with the same name, similar circumstances, and potential. One will never see freedom again.

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Teenagers prefer text to talk

Texting among teens has grown dramatically in the past 18 months with a record 88% of teen cell phone users now regularly using mobile devices to message friends and helping eliminate the digital divide. Many parents are lagging behind when it comes to staying connected with their teenagers through text messaging and other advanced cell phone features. A “next practice” from one of the world’s leading relationship skills training programs encourages parents to build stronger relationships with their teenagers through an innovative, free iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad app.

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Love lost and found

Tiffany Tehan was reported missing last week leaving behind her one-year old daughter, worried husband, family and friends. The young woman’s neighbors feared the worst, uniting day and night to search for Tiffany over much of the past week. As many hoped and prayed, Tiffany was found safe and sound five days later. Early news reports indicate she intentionally fled her home, infant daughter, husband and community for Miami in search of love with another man. Sadly, Tiffany’s story is not unique. A recent study by the PAIRS Foundation indicated as many as 70% of married men and women are contemplating separation or divorce.

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