Plugged In Author: Meredith Whitmore

Meredith has had two careers: one as a writer/editor for both Focus on the Family and The Navigators, and one as an English teacher trekking far-flung corners of Europe, Africa and Asia. She now rejoins Focus, but with souvenirs—including new eyes with which to better view American culture.

You’re Pierced Now?!


My first thought was, Eww. She looked dirty. Like her hair was matted and could have used a long visit with Head & Shoulders. Then there was that huge nose ring. I hadn’t seen many pierced nostrils before—and only “bad girls” did it then—but Christina Aguilera wasn’t afraid to buck society with nasal trinkets. That […]

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Guessed List?


Last week, Virginia couple Tareq and Michaela Salahi allegedly crashed a state dinner in honor of India’s prime minister. The Salahis—who also are said to have invaded the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Awards Dinner—claim they were uncertain whether they were invited to the White House. So they showed up “just in case.” Somehow (without tickets, […]

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Axl Rose Meets Jesus?


I’m wrestling with something. A couple of weeks ago, an acquaintance said that her Denver-area church had sung the Guns N’ Roses’ hit “Paradise City” during its worship service. I considered those lyrics and wondered how they could inspire Christians. Sure, I see the universal longing for heaven in GNR’s words, but there’s “other stuff” […]

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