No matter how you look at it, the food system that is responsible for 98 percent of the food produced in the U.S. needs a good hard tweaking. Where, then, do we begin to fix it? This is where 2014 comes in!
Cheerful and warm colors and accessories reflecting the element of fire help attract good luck and good health in 2014. Consider accents of purple, orange and red to bring brightness to the room and kindle closeness and conversation.
For a lot of parents, the negative headlines about cyberbullying and sexting don't track with their families' experience of technology. Many folks are seeing their kids learn, grow and benefit from innovations in the tech world.
Men and women from many different faith backgrounds met to discuss and learn where sexual orientation and gender identity fall into the Kingdom of God. This was the 2014 Gay Christian Network Conference. The warmth of the people inside evaporated the brutal Chicago weather outside.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is doing some really good stuff for vets that no one hears about, catching up since 2009. I've helped, in a very minor way for several years, now I gotta do more, for VA, military families, and vets.
Interestingly enough, however, getting out of debt shouldn't actually top your New Year's self-improvement agenda. That distinction, as you'll see below, instead goes to crafting a well-thought-out budget and building an emergency fund.
We can hear the 'wolves on Wall Street' howling at rising profits and executive salaries -- while the sucking sound you hear are jobs and families flung into poverty. 2014 will require a vigilant vote and voice to make a real difference for a very real problem.