Entries for December, 2007

Resolutions

Perhaps because I made a resolution last year and stuck to it, I’m high on resolutions. I committed last January, after the Blogs4Life conference, to focusing on my blog, which I did, and thanks to all of you, traffic increased by 650%! The blog also received nods from the Chicago Tribune and LA Times this […]

Pro-lifer of the Year poll ends at midnight

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Verse for 2008

My friend Denise gave me a great idea. She emailed her verse for 2008, Proverbs 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. I had never considered choosing a verse of focus for the year but thought it was a great idea and picked II Peter 1:5-9, which is actually […]

Weekend question

What stands out in your mind as the biggest pro-life story of 2007? [Graphic courtesy of

Pro-life video power

2007 saw pro-lifers really begin to tap into the power of videos and YouTube to present our message. Who can forget the clips by abortiondoc did….

New poll/old poll

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White Weitz Christmas

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Regifting heaven

A Travel Guide to Heaven, for Christmas. Anthony is the executive director of PFL as well as

Woman gets 15 years for 2nd degree murder of her preborn baby

They are calling this an unprecedented legal decision. On December 21, 31-year-old Theresa Lee Hernandez

Pro-lifer of the Year nominations

I will be shortly posting a new poll to vote for the Stanek blog’s Pro-Lifer of the Year. Who would you nominate? President Bush for in June vetoing for the 2nd time a bill to federally fund human embryo experimentation, while issuing an executive order to fund alternative pluripotent stem cell research? Only five months […]

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Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years….

[L]iving too long… renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic….

My father illustrates the situation well. About a decade ago, just shy of his 77th birthday, he… had a heart attack, which led to a cardiac catheterization and ultimately a bypass. Since then, he has not been the same. Once the prototype of a hyperactive Emanuel, suddenly his walking, his talking, his humor got slower.

Today he can swim, read the newspaper, needle his kids on the phone, and still live with my mother in their own house. But everything seems sluggish. Although he didn’t die from the heart attack, no one would say he is living a vibrant life. When he discussed it with me, my father said, “I have slowed down tremendously. That is a fact. I no longer make rounds at the hospital or teach.” Despite this, he also said he was happy….

But parents also cast a big shadow for most children. Whether estranged, disengaged, or deeply loving, they set expectations, render judgments, impose their opinions, interfere, and are generally a looming presence for even adult children. This can be wonderful. It can be annoying. It can be destructive. But it is inescapable as long as the parent is alive. Examples abound in life and literature: Lear, the quintessential Jewish mother, the Tiger Mom. And while children can never fully escape this weight even after a parent dies, there is much less pressure to conform to parental expectations and demands after they are gone.

~ Obamacare architect, and brother of former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm, Ezekiel Emanuel, The Atlantic, September 17

[HT: Kelli; photo via The Atlantic]

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