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Marcia Morrissey has a really inspiring piece up at Patheos this week as she writes of volunteering with her granddaughter at Feed My Starving Children: This past week I brought my oldest granddaughter with me to volunteer as a food-packer at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), an organization committed to feeding the hungry in places as disparate as Belarus, Mexico, Niger and North Korea. [...]We heard the story of a 14-year-old girl who came to an orphanage and was first thought to be … [Read more...]

Dowd's Yips Derail Even Her Praise – UPDATED

Seems yesterday was my day for writing about female journalists. Last night I was late to the Anthony Weiner/Andrew Breitbart story, barely having time to observe Barbara Walters diminish herself by allowing her hate to overrule her sense. Before that, I was filing my latest column for First Things, which looks at how Maureen Dowd -- whose whole career, latterly, has been about stone-throwing and filtering hate through pop-references -- has so ruined her pitching mechanics that even when she … [Read more...]

Is Society Purposely Messing with Boys' Heads?

A very thoughtful and surprisingly moving piece by Anthony Esolen, at Inside Catholic: Why, I wonder, do boys these days get no love? What have they done to deserve their treatment at our hands? Recently, a boy competing for his high school in the Iowa state wrestling tournament chose to forfeit his initial match rather than wrestle against a girl. He spoke about his decision with an admirable reserve and good sense, saying that wrestling could be a violent sport, and that in this case he … [Read more...]

Women's History: Drexel, Connelly, Addiss?

March is Women's History Month, and a good time to introduce you to the sorts of formidable women who made (or are making) enormous differences to the lives of many, but who frequently go unmentioned in the mainstream. Today I am going to introduce you to three of them. Interestingly enough, the first two hail from the affluent Philadelphia Society of the 19th century -- one was heiress to a fortune -- and the other is a modern woman of boundless energy, imagination and great warmth. Because … [Read more...]

Mo Dowd Shows Bullies How it's Done – UPDATE

Bullying and the Tolerance Disconnect have been subjects brought very much to the fore, thanks to recent tragic events. It is a serious subject that deserves to be defined in serious terms and discussed in serious tones. Maureen Dowd, ever attuned to the cultural narrative (though increasingly unable to comprehend it) has glommed on the notion of bullies; she has taken this very sober topic and rendered it--as she frequently does--into cartoon and caricature. She then casts her Candyland … [Read more...]

Tales of Two Women

Two women whose stories are completely unrelated (except perhaps in their similar insistence on living life by their own lights) but I found both rather fascinating. Patricia Heaton Patricia Heaton has managed to carve out a successful career in an industry that doesn't much cotton to pro-life Christians. Tony Rossi captures some of her essence and energy: Reason played an important part in the development of Heaton’s pro-life views. She learned to articulate her position when she moved to … [Read more...]

Whore is as Whore Does; NOW is over

A week ago, Ed Morrissey looked at NOW's endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown--whose campaign assistant had just been caught referring to his (female) rival as "a whore"--and asked "Seriously, what does it take for a Democrat to lose the endorsement of the National Organization from Women?" The answer, of course, is "turn pro-life." Anything short of that, and it really doesn't matter what misogynist, insulting or dehumanizing thing a Democrat does, NOW will support … [Read more...]

Benedict & the UK; The First Fruits

Benedict Speaking on Hildegard of Bingen, 09/08/10 English and Welsh bishops are urging Catholic parents to dress their children as saints this Halloween. At first consideration, that might not seem too remarkable. But when one takes into account how timid Catholics have been in the UK in recent years, perhaps it is remarkable indeed. Perhaps the Halloween suggestion reflects some of the first fruits of Pope Benedict XVI's recent visit to England and Scotland. British journalist Paul … [Read more...]

Save Fatherhood; Save the World

A moving video for anyone who has ever had a good father. Perhaps an even more moving video for those whose fathers were broken, or deeply flawed, or not there at all. In a former parish, there was a sister-liturgist who--eager to promote "sensitivity"--decided that the Gloria should be sung with the refrain "Glory to God in the Highest, and peace to God's people on earth;" she was content to brutalize the ear, change a liturgical prayer that is not supposed to be changed, and disorient the … [Read more...]

Rima Fakih is Gorgeous; That is All – UPDATED

The Miss America Pageant, and a few others, like to say that they are all about showcasing talent and poise for the purpose of awarding scholarships. Fine. Preserving polite fiction is part of what makes society run. The Miss USA Pageant has never voiced a pretension to higher thought--it is a celebration of the superficial--so it is a bit odd that for the second year in a row, a pageant judge has asked a rather deep question with an apparent expectation of a deep response. The new Miss USA … [Read more...]


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