2014: A Devastating Year for Children

As many as 15 million children are caught up in violent conflicts around the globe, reports UNICEF. Globally, an estimated 230 million children currently live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts. Continue Reading...

Acton Book Shop 12 Days of Christmas Sale

It’s not the 12 Days of Christmas yet, but we have a sale in our Book Shop that will get you ready to celebrate.  Every day a new item will go on sale through December 15 and the discounted price will last until January 5.  Continue Reading...

The Thanksgiving Proclamation of George Washington

In October 3, 1789 in New York City, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Here is the full text of his Thanksgiving proclamation: By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Continue Reading...

What a Veteran Knows

“Thank you for your service,” they say, as they shake our hands and pat our backs. We smile and thank them for their gratitude and try to think of something else to talk about. Continue Reading...

Happy Birthday Marines!

Today marks the 239th birthday of the finest fighting force in the history of the world. The Marine Corps Birthday makes me nostalgic for the good ol’ days of . . Continue Reading...

How to Be a Better Guesstimater

Is the murder rate in the U.S. increasing or decreasing? What percentage of teen girls will give birth this year? What percentage of Americans are Christian or Muslim? What percentage are immigrants? Continue Reading...

PovertyCure’ and ‘Call of the Entrepreneur’ Screened to Central and Eastern Europeans

Rome Office director Kishore Jayabalan presents PoveryCure at the Sorrento “Liberty Camp” On October 8-9, the director of Acton’s Rome office, Kishore Jayabalan, and its operations manager, Michael Severance, traveled to southern Italy to present PovertyCure and The Call of the Entrepreneur, the original and latest of the Institute’s popular educational  DVD films. Continue Reading...

Why is Marie Claire Celebrating Child Soldiers?

Image source: Marie ClaireMarie Claire’s latest feature on inspirational women is misleading. The article by Elizabeth Griffin is titled “These Remarkable Women Are Fighting ISIS. It’s Time You Know Who They Are” — and the women profiled are indeed remarkable. Continue Reading...

Seinfeld Sounds Like a Prophet in Skewering Materialism

Out of all the passages in the Bible, I suspect the advertiser’s least favorite verse is Isaiah 55:2: “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Advertising — like most other forms of marketing — can serve a noble and necessary function. Continue Reading...