Entries for December, 2012

Post-Christmas break

Good day, blog friends! With all the holiday festivities, outings, and travels, there will be no writer or moderator at the blog inn to post until January 2. Enjoy your time with family and friends, and ponder New Year’s resolutions that will make you more holy and the world a better place, especially for the […]

Pro-life video of the day: Jessica Simpson confirms second pregnancy

by LauraLoo Jessica Simpson has confirmed she’s pregnant again. As US Weekly exclusively revealed on November 28, Jessica and fiance Eric Johnson are expecting their second child together. On Christmas Day, Jessica tweeted a photo of  8-month-old Maxwell sitting in the sand with the words “Big Sis” written in it.  What a creative way to do a baby announcement! Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Angry feminist rails against true meaning of Christmas

Frankly, if you want to instill more relevant modern values into your children, you’d be better off sticking with the Dickens tale, which emphasizes the importance of love and generosity. The story of Christ’s birth, on the other hand, is about how virgins are better than non-virgins, with a side dose of arguing that babies […]

Pro-life video of the day: For unto us a child is born

by Hans Johnson In the summer of 1741 George Frideric Handel wrote his Messiah at an even more feverish rate than his other compositions. When he got to the most well-known part, he famously said: “I did think I saw Heaven open, and saw the very Face of God!” Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Good news for all people

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will […]

Christmas Video of the Day #2: Light of the Stable (Selah)

by LauraLoo My new favorite Christmas song.  Hallelujah!  Praise to Jesus, the King of kings and LORD of lords!  [HT: WMBI - Moody Radio Chicago]

Christmas Video of the Day #1: Victorian Christmas

by LauraLoo This is a repeat from the last two years – a three-peat!   Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! <3 My Favourite Time of Year is a traditional style Christmas song which was written by Leigh Haggerwood. After three years of trying to persuade the record companies to back the project, he decided to do it […]

Catholics for Choice: We’re so brave for making this heretical video

Politicians often come to [Catholics for Choice] when they are being pressured by their local bishop. They want to know if they’re getting the full story in the one supplied by the institutional church. As can be seen in the movie, the answer is a resounding “No.” The “secret” is that there is more than […]

Pro-life video of the day: Silent Night

by Hans Johnson This is a new take by Michelle Moyer on what is arguably the most beloved Christmas carol. The video is by Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze: Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Pro-life blog buzz 12-21-12

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com. Wesley J. Smith reviews his predictions for 2012. The good – and bad – news is that he was quite accurate. Watch for […]

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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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