By Catherine Larson|Published Date: October 28, 2009
I’ll be interested to see how they bring the true story of Baltimore Raven Michael Oher to the big screen this November. My husband and I caught a glimpse of Oher on NFL draft day. This 6-foot-5, 309-lb offensive tackle was a first-round draft pick for the Ravens earlier this year. Oher, an African-American, embraced his Caucasian family on draft day with tears. They all seemed half his size. As it turned out, they had adopted Michael in high school.
This troubled teen came from a broken home where his father had been murdered and his mother had been a crack addict. He attended 11 different schools during his first nine years as a student, and alternated between foster homes and no fixed address until he was 16 years old. After Oher began attending Briarcrest Christian School, a family of two other children in the school, the Tuohys, took Michael in. They cared for him, hired him a tutor, and eventually adopted him.
The film looks like it has all the makings of a heartwarming story. Hopefully, I can give you my take after it comes out mid-November. In the meantime, here’s the trailer.
In The Atlantic, I argue that the twist in Disney's "Frozen" might be a little too much for kids. (Be aware that there are lots of spoilers in the article.) If you've seen the film, do you agree or disagree?
Last Thursday, Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and major 20th century political icon, passed away. Mandela has taken on a larger than life persona, so it is sometimes hard to talk about the man, separate from the ideal vision painted of him. Instead of pontificating on an ideal vision of Mandela, I want to share just a few ways he has impacted me, and how those personal experiences can be more broadly applicable.
Finally, a little common sense is creeping into reproductive health policies. After decades of IVF and an increase incidents of multifetal pregnancies, Nancy Welsh writes in Medpage Today, doctors are now limiting the number of embryos they use in each fertility session.
Women weren't designed to carry litters of babies. The practice is harmful for mothers and babies. Even the controversial use of the word "litter" bears this out.
Tragically, since ethics followed biotechnology instead of the other way around, there have been a number of fetal reductions, ergo "terminating" the life of one or more of the babies in vivo. READ FULL ARTICLE »
The BBC reports that, using a special scan, researchers found that men and women's brains were wired differently. Surprising? No. Will it make a difference to those who are trying to erase male and female distinctions and make us unisex? No again.
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Genesis 1:27
One thing is certain, we all have a lot of work to do helping people broken by sin to see themselves as wonderfully created beings, made in His own image. READ FULL ARTICLE »
Here's a real treat (below the cut). I came across this group via a Facebook post featuring a Huffington Post article. In it, the Piano Guys are playing "Angels We Have Heard on High"--all on one amped-up grand piano.
I'm linking to their website, ThePianoGuys.com, and recommend you first read their About statement. They offer CDs and sheet music. The Guys are joy-filled, and they know how to play!
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