Category: Family/Parenting

Sep 22

Angelina Divorces Brad Pitt

Pitt Family

It was all over the news — the fairy tale of Brangelina is over.  It was reported that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on September 19, 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.  We knew something was different for several months now.  Angelina was thin as a reed and we have not seen them together in different events the way we used to see them.  Often, we see Brad alone, claiming that Angie was either sick or indisposed.  And when we do see them together, even with the kids, there is that grim look on both their faces — none of the smiles, whispers, or laughter we saw years ago. ( Read more )

Sep 17

Andy Reid Sons to Serve Jail Sentence for Drugs

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s sons were sentenced to jail for drug use and dealing. Britt Reid, 22 years old, was sentenced to 8 to 23 months in prison plus 5 years probation for drug use and carrying a handgun without license. Aside from testing positive for drugs, Britt pointed a handgun at another driver following a dispute. On the other hand 24-year old Garett Reid was sentenced to 2 to 23 months in jail plus 1 year probation for drug use and dealing. He tested positive for heroin and ran a red light on January 30, hitting another car during the incident. Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, were in court but refused to comment.

Eagles players went about their practice routine Thursday without Reid, the first time the coach missed practice in his nine seasons with the franchise. He took a 5-week leave from the Eagles during the offseason to take care of his sons’ ordeal. He declines to comment on his sons’ drug and legal problems but assures that he will not resign from the team. Players say the coach truly loved his children and wanted to be there to support them despite the problems.

Both Reids can apply for a special drug court program after a few months of serving their jail sentence. It would require them to report to authorities regularly, undergo rigorous drug testing and hold down jobs.

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Jul 26

God’s Answer to Racism

We have come a long way since the American Civil War and Apartheid in Africa. Yet, there is no denying that traces of racial discrimination still exists in most parts of the globe. Maybe the world needs a couple of more decades before every human being realizes that the color of our skin doesn’t make one better than the other.

While we continue to perceive that racial differences still remain a factor in politics or in other facets of our everyday life, God seems intent to show us that it has no place in this world. In Sana Hospital, Germany, Leo and Ryan were born on July 11, 2008 proving to the world that twin brothers can have different colors of skin. In a rare twist of genetics, Ryan had his father’s fair German skin while Leo inherited his West African mother’s dark shade. According to doctors, this type of twins are one in a million. The odds for a fertilized egg cell to split and separately acquire the genetic make up of each parent perfectly is so rare that the twins made headlines all over the world.

Though mixed-race couple Florence and Stephen were surprised by their twin boys, they say it was more important for them that both were healthy. Though there have only been a few like Leo and Ryan in the world, it is still God’s way of telling us that neither race nor color can deny that we are family.

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