Putting First Things First with Your Vote

In our day, sanctity-of-life issues are foundational -- not because of anyone's 'religious' views about abortion...but because the act of dehumanizing and killing the unborn child attacks human dignity in a uniquely grave way. Deliberately killing the innocent is always, inexcusably wrong. It sets a pattern of contempt for every other aspect of human dignity. In redefining when human life begins and what is and isn't a human person, the logic behind permissive abortion makes all human rights … [Read more...]

President or Sugar Daddy?

While I plan to post more thoughts on the election later this week (where I promise to really take off the gloves), I'll pass along two links as appetizers of sorts.Both pieces discuss our President's oddly paternalistic pitch to women.  The first, President in Shining Armor, is by Ross Douthat of the New York Times.  He argues, among other things, that women aren't as left-leaning on social policies as the Obama administration seems to suppose.  The second, Women Aren't Dumb, Mr. President, … [Read more...]

If you can read this, you must have power…

The 4 builders on the East Coast are hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy.  We have been sharing preparation tips, many gleaned from the previous experience of our Texas builders, and more recently from our own experience with Irene.Where I live, in Central New Jersey, the roads are closed, so we are to "shelter in place."  We went out before the storm and bought lots of convenience foods.  We will be able to use our stove even in the power goes out, but I think that we will want to keep things … [Read more...]

How to Vote (quite literally)

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It is one thing to become an informed voter and decide how you will cast your ballot. And it is important to talk to your kids about the importance of voting, but it is quite another to actually take 4 kids 7 and under to a polling location, wait in line while feeding a fussy baby, chasing a toddler, schooling a 2nd grader  and while, unbeknownst to you, your 5 year old is trying to see if your voter registration card will float in a puddle. This is precisely how they will learn just how much v … [Read more...]

Social Commentary Worth Reading this Election Season

We are in the heat of Election Season here in the United States, and there are many opinions floating around out there in cyberspace. One of the better comments that I have seen regarding social issues comes via Facebook from Professor Robert George of Princeton. I'll post it here for the benefit of those who have logged off for the Year of Faith like Mary Alice."MoveOn is the face of contemporary liberalism. Liberalism used to pride itself on standing up for the little guy, defending the … [Read more...]

Dipping a toe in to the political waters

Was any one else really embarrassed by the debate last night?  I'm not sure whether to blame the format, the moderator or the candidates, but I am leaning towards the latter.  The time clock would expire and a candidate would just keep talking and talking until finally the moderator had to interrupt.  Then, they would talk over her, or object to her interruption.  Which left the moderator in the position of having to decide whether to tell the President of the United States to sit down and shut u … [Read more...]

Bikinis and the Male Brain

Check out this video clip in which author Jason Evert discusses a Princeton study on the effect of a bikini-clad woman on the male brain. … [Read more...]

An African Woman’s Plea to Melinda Gates

Dear friends ~I found this article to be both enlightening and touching, and wanted to share it with all of you. The article details a Nigerian woman's reaction to Melinda Gates' recent announcement that her foundation would be allocating $4.6 billion dollars to providing contraceptives in poor countries. If Bill and Melinda Gates were to spend some time talking with the women of Africa, they might find that that these funds are quite unwelcome. Unlike some Western societies, which fall into … [Read more...]

Olympics and Spiritual Training

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My husband and I were discussing how we can incorporate fun learning and maybe some virtue and habit training into the exciting time surrounding the Olympics. We both love watching world class athletes compete and our kids do, too.We will keep track of medal counts for several countries as we have done in the past, but Mr. Incredible thought it would be a great opportunity to work on building good habits and virtues. So for each day the boys will be trying to earn two medals for their own … [Read more...]

Princeton professor’s new take on old feminism debate

Have you all read this article, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All", published Wednesday night in The Atlantic? The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, is our old pal, the former Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, who just finished a two-year stint under Hillary Clinton in the State Department.This article is at the same time super lengthy and impossible to skim, so just getting through it might challenge your work-life balance--maybe try it with a glass of red wine tonight after the kids … [Read more...]


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