Parenting with Purpose: Calming the Anxious Child

All kids get stressed and worried at times. They might have butterflies before school, a new activity or sport, or even going over to a friend’s house. For most kids, these anxieties are short term and situational. But for many kids, these fleeting worries can turn into a significant problem. In this column, I will share some ideas to help children who are dealing with anxieties.

Read more

The People’s Constitution: The Secret Sauce

America is an exceptional country. While we still have important problems to overcome, America remains the leader of the free world, and immigrants continue to risk everything for a chance to create a new life in America. Why? What is the “secret sauce” of America’s stunning success over the centuries? While there are many factors, the Constitution plays a central role in America’s well-being. Throughout our history three key features of the Constitution, working together, have served as guardrails on the road to prosperity: democracy, individual rights and the rule of law.

Read more

Working for You: Community Table of Loudoun

Last Tuesday evening two faith communities here in Leesburg, Sha’ are Shalom synagogue and Christ Episcopal Church, conducted what I think was the 34th Community Table of Loudoun dinner. CTL, which is now four years old, continues to periodically provide an elegant sit-down dinner for anybody that feels like coming. No questions asked, no litmus test of eligibility.

Read more

The Peoples Constitution: Free Speech in America

Freedom of Speech: No right is more fundamental to the very idea of what it means to be an American. Liberty is at the heart of the Constitution, and freedom of speech is at the heart of liberty. The right to “speak your mind”—even if that means strongly criticizing our political leaders or their policies—is more entrenched and protected in the U.S. than in most other countries. This article looks at the history of free speech and where we stand today.

Read more