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Not-so-desperate housewives
Mariette Ulrich | 30 November 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Evangelical Christians, feminism, leadership
A lengthy article about evangelical women in a recent New York Times Magazine is not for the faint of heart. Though it’s titled “Housewives of God”, it delves into issues as complex as church, social, and cultural history, and women’s…


Have US conscience clause protections been eviscerated?
James S. Cole | 30 November 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: conscience, conscientious objection
An American nurse who was forced to participate in a late-term abortion has effectively nowhere she can lodge a grievance. 


Spoilt Rotten
Francis Phillips | 30 November 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: social commentary, Theodore Dalrymple
Theodore Dalrymple applies the scalpel to Britain's toxic cult of sentimentality.


Planned chaos
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 November 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange, Rep. Peter King, Wikileaks
The nonsense of Wikileaks’ grand exhibition these past several months is not something I intended to cover or comment on. Its self-aggrandizement has generated enough international news. But the depth and breadth of these breaches are so stunningly defiant of…


NZ study will keep tabs on 7000 children
Carolyn Moynihan | 29 November 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: human development, New Zealand, research
The first results from a New Zealand cohort study were published over the weekend with great fanfare, the first NZ Herald headline reading, “40pc of pregnancies unplanned”. I think we were meant to be shocked rather than delighted at the…


Pop media soft-peddling death
Sheila Liaugminas | 29 November 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: assisted suicide, death with dignity, euthanasia, palliative care, Terri Schiavo
As usual, it’s being done under the disguise of compassion. This storyline is getting mainstreamed, and even if well-intended, it’s dangerous.


No more “mental retardation”. So?
Leticia Velasquez | 29 November 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Down syndrome, intellectual disability
I would prefer my daughter to be called a “retard" and know that abortion of babies with Down syndrome had ceased.


Count me in
Leticia Velasquez | 29 November 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Down syndrome, education, social inclusion
Christina has trisomy 21, but socially she makes her extra chromosome count.


Cosmic
Jennifer Minicus | 28 November 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: humor, science fiction
This light-hearted science fiction book made Amazon's "Best of 2010" list.


Thanksgiving is all about people
Katie Hinderer | 28 November 2010 | TIGER PRINT |
tags: family, holiday, United States
In a word, it’s all about connections – family, friends. You can’t imagine not being with the people you love; so much so that anyone not surrounded by family and friends on the day will receive numerous invitations to join…


Elderly man shoots sick wife in ‘‘mercy killing’’ at nursing home
Jared Yee | 27 November 2010 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: elder abuse, mercy killing
Roy Charles Laird, 88, was arrested this week after allegedly shooting his 86-year-old wife, Clara Laird, in her California nursing home. The couple’s daughter described the act as a “mercy killing”. Laird staunchly persisted in feeding and bathing his wife,…


Coal, conservation and the value of human life
Carolyn Moynihan | 26 November 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: disasters, environmentalism, Pike River Mine
New Zealand owes it to the 29 men who died at the Pike River mine to get these values in the right order.


12 things your MP never told you about the family…
Rita Joseph | 26 November 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: family law, same-sex marriage, United Nations
... but ought to, before consulting you about same-sex marriage.


Always grateful
Sheila Liaugminas | 25 November 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: gratitude, New Zealand mine, Thanksgiving

While it’s Thanksgiving in America, it’s mourning in New Zealand. For me, the two are connected.



A Certain Music
Clare Cannon | 25 November 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: historical fiction, music
This is one of those special stories that brings heart into history, giving new poignancy to something you’ve known a long time.


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