Stanek weekend Q: What would your life suitcase contain?


The end of the year offers a great opportunity to reflect as well as make new goals. In that vein, here’s an interesting story in

Willard Asylum for the Insane, located in New York, was built in 1869. Patients had an average stay of 30 years, and many who came to the hospital never left. Eventually the site was abandoned, until, in 1995, an incredible discovery was made in the attic…

Over 400 suitcases, each packed with the belongings of people who lived and died decades ago, were found. Each one is a tiny time capsule of the lives they lived before being committed….

Many of these people had been abandoned by their families. When they died, they were buried in unmarked graves, and their belongings were packed away and forgotten.

Photographer Jon Crispin has spent the last few years breathing life back into these abandoned suitcases and memories by documenting the bags and their contents in a series of incredible photos.


He said: “It’s such compelling stuff. These people were essentially prisoners inside. Their families largely abandoned them. They gave them a suitcase and had them committed. Looking at these suitcases, you just get the idea that that these people really had lives outside before they went to Willard.”

Each story haas a unique story to tell…. Although some are melancholy, others are bursting with personality.

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If you had to pack one suitcase to describe your life, what would it contain?

I thought that was a great question! What would your life’s suitcase contain?


Pro-life vid of day: Personhood ad to run in WI theaters

by Kelli

According to Pro-Life Wisconsin, two WI theaters will feature their life-affirming ad in Milwaukee and Madison during the Christmas season. The group writes:

This powerful message reinforces the value and worth of each human person, regardless of his or her characteristics or stage of development, and it concludes with a link to our informative website.

This powerful ad will reach tens of thousands of moviegoers this Christmas season, inspiring them to a better understanding of the worth of each human life!

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[HT: Susie Allen]

Pro-abortion “holiday cards” feature babies and IUD snowflakes

by Jill

While Planned Parenthood has largely abandoned its “Choice on Earth” Christmas greetings and cards,  there are still a few invaliant pro-abortion attempts to hijack this sacred Christian holiday.

The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research organization founded by Planned Parenthood, offered to send your someone special a “limited edition holiday card” featuring babies, children, and families for a donation of only $50. Click to enlarge…

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Meanwhile, the inventive Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts used IUDs and birth control pills to create a snowflake “holiday card”

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Kwanzaa’s political roots

by Carder

holiday-heroesWhile taking the “best of early Chinese and Cuban socialism” — excluding, one hopes, mass murder, forced abortions, imprisonment of homosexuals and forced labor — Karenga said Kawaida practitioners believe one’s racial identity “determines life conditions, life chances and self-understanding.”

There’s an inclusive philosophy for you!

~ Conservative pundit Ann Coulter exposing the Marxist/socialist roots of Kwanzaa, Townhall, December 24

[Photo via OB Rag reads: Whether it’s Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Anti-Life… Happy Holidays!! ]

Christmas Day vids: From the simple to the sublime

by Hans Johnson

This holiday is a mixture of family memories and sacred worship. First, we have one man’s lesson from a Christmas past, called “The Christmas Scale”:

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Next are the chapters of Handel’s Messiah depicting the announcement of The Good News to the shepherds in the field:

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Pro-life vid of the day: The Christmas truce

by Hans Johnson

On Christmas Eve exactly 100 years ago during World War I, soldiers on both sides paused hostilities to exchange gifts and play soccer. The greatest war in human history was being fought for the pettiest of reasons – more out of misunderstandings and “hurt feelings” than for  any territorial dispute. But on one silent night, it was agreed upon to observe  “peace on Earth”, if ever so briefly.

This dramatization is from Sainsbury’s, a U.K. supermarket chain, which is donating all proceeds from its chocolate to The Royal British League.

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The story behind a children’s literary classic

LoveYouForeverby Carder

I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn’t even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn’t sing.

For a long time it was just a song but one day, while telling stories at a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it occurred to me that I might be able to make a story around the song.

Out popped Love You Forever, pretty much the way it is in the book.

~ Children’s author Robert Munsch sharing the story behind the classic story Love You Forever, via POP Sugar, December 20

Pro-life blog buzz 12-23-14

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • ProLife365 has a humorous post on the benefits of having a large family.
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog reports on the pro-abortion Unitarian Church’s Alternative Gift List for 2014. Topping their list: Give to a center for abused children or perhaps donate to Planned Parenthood, the nation largest promoter and provider of abortions. Talk about the ultimate child abuse – death by dismemberment – and the ultimate in compartmentalization.
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Pro-life vid of day: Five reasons to celebrate abortionist’s arrest

by Hans Johnson

Abortionist Dr. Naresh Patel, after years of serious accusations, is finally under arrest after an undercover sting found he was prescribing RU-486 to patients who were not pregnant.

Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler notes the reasons to be grateful for taking this Gosnellian soldier in the actual War On Women off the streets.

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Rabbi: Preborn are “water” until day 40, but pro-lifers ignore science

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In the case of abortion, Jewish law leans toward the modern pro-choice position, but also holds many powerful arguments for pro-life as well….

In the first forty days since conception, the fetus is considered by the sages to merely be water, and as “the thigh of its mother” (Yevamot 69b; Bava Kama 78b). After forty days however, the fetus is ascribed as a fully potential life whereupon that potential life becomes a full life upon birth. After birth, of course, there is a full status change….

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Who Is Jill Stanek?

Jill Stanek is a nurse turned speaker, columnist and blogger, a national figure in the effort to protect both preborn and postborn innocent human life.

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What the Media says »

sc063014326-e1419601061798[T]he majority of people of faith, and the majority of Christians support legal access to abortion. And so they wrap their anti-choice ideology in something that sounds warm and fuzzy.

The Christian tradition says that Jesus advised his disciples to, ‘Watch out for false prophets. They come to you dressed like sheep, but inside they are vicious wolves. You will know them by their fruit.’

~ Reverend Harry Knox (pictured above right), leader of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, as quoted by, December 25

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