I met Jen a year ago when she joined Maker Mamas a group I organized for Mother’s who make art. She has come frequently bringing her work to share with the group and participate in discussions about art and motherhood. It wasn’t until I began posting about this current project, that I learned from Jen that she had pro-life views and volunteered to share them with me.
Yesterday we took a walk around the 2-mile golf course trail. To start the conversation I asked Jen when she first became aware of Pro-life issues and when it was that she began to embrace them. Jen explained that in college she identified as anti-Statist (the belief that individuals have sovereignty over and above the state). But it wasn’t until she married her husband, who is Catholic, that her pro-life position immersed. Jen told me that her husband Michael, is the chairman of the…
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SARA BUCHWALD (grade 11)
“OKLAHOMA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” was the text that popped up on my phone along with a screenshot, the contents of which were indistinguishable from the home screen. As I unlocked my phone to see what had caused such a dramatic reaction, I was not prepared for what I was faced with. The screenshot was of a BBC article and in a boldfaced black font the words, “A proposal which would force women to get permission from their sexual partner to allow them to have an abortion has passed the first hurdle in Oklahoma” jumped onto my screen. Any humor I had seen in such a seemingly over-the-top text vanished as I saw the severity of the single sentence.
According to Humphrey, the state legislator who wrote the bill, the fathers of these fetuses deserve a say in the decision of a body that…
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“Stephen Hawking says he no longer feels welcome in the United States, now that President Trump is in power. The renowned scientist and theoretical physicist spoke Monday on ITV’s…” ~ Lindsey Bever
Is something news just because it is mentioned (or tweeted) by the President? As a general rule, the answer is “yes”. What the President does, what the President says is news because he is the President.
The White House takes great pains to set the news cycle by controlling the president’s message and by managing what is said and when it is said. That task has proven more difficult during the Trump administration due to the President’s penchant for tweeting, but the same principles apply. In fact, perhaps due in part to said tweets this administration has demonstrated particular expertise in controlling the media.
President Trump has even taken to declaring what is and what is not “news”.
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Ivanka Trump officially has an office in the White House as of March 20. Though she doesn’t have a government title, Ivanka will have full security clearance, and many more perks that will help her serve as an aide to her father, Donald Trump.
No one likes to keep track of their spending habits. It is scary and even I find myself shocked at how much I can spend while on a trip to the mall or even the grocery store. Not having a set budget can really hurt you when you are trying to keep some money in your savings account. How do you know how much you are spending? How much should you be spending? What will happen if you buy that gorgeous Dooney & Burke purse when you really just need groceries?
Sticking to your budget is hard. Trust me I’ve been there. But it is even more difficult to buy necessities when your bank account is at zero. I have found that keeping a budget shows me how much extra money I have that week or month so I know if I can afford to go…
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I’m just curious—what is with the love affair America has with celebrities?
Celebrities are just people doing a job, which happens to be entertainment. They entertain us. They make us laugh. They make us cry. They make us feel. All by pretending to be something they aren’t or someone they aren’t. Or by singing a song.
They are in front of us. Constantly. Very seldom—probably never—do I see a news program without a story about a celebrity. We see their faces on clothes, bags, magazines, social media, everywhere. We hear about them in conversations and hold conversations about them. And we don’t even know them. It seems that our lives are consumed by unreal characters played by people we don’t even know.
We hear about the personal lives of these celebrities continually. Who is flirting with whom? Who is dating whom? Who is getting a divorce and why? Who gets…
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‘St Patrick was an immigrant’: Enda Kenny’s message to Donald Trump.
Ireland’s Taoiseach used St Patrick’s Day to illustrate his thoughts on immigration while visiting US President Donald Trump in the White House.
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You’ve cleared the clutter, dumped the junk, ditched the rubbish in your home.
Minimalism isn’t just about stuff. When we take our first steps on the minimalist path, it seems all about consumerism, saying no to all the stuff we thought we needed but really don’t, and finding the space between the lines.
It’s a good place to start, but once the junk is gone, and the habit of unnecessarily buying replacements is dead, it becomes glaringly clear that often our actual lives need simplifying too.
Sometimes we’re doing too many activities. We’re spreading our talents too thin, trying to be experts in a number of fields, struggling to be interested in everything.
Other times we find we’re stretched too thin by others.
Our partners need us, our kids need us, our ageing parents need us, and we’re meant to fit it…
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