Pro-Life Youth & Enthusiasm Frighten the Opposition

Can you hear us now?

01/26/2010 Comments (21)
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Of all the news stories I’ve read describing this year’s March for Life in Washington D.C., none make me prouder or more hopeful for the future than this little piece by Robert McCartney in the Washington Post:

“I went to the March for Life rally Friday on the Mall expecting to write about its irrelevance. Isn’t it quaint, I thought, that these abortion protesters show up each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, even though the decision still stands after 37 years. What’s more, with a Democrat in the White House likely to appoint justices who support abortion rights, surely the Supreme Court isn’t going to overturn Roe in the foreseeable future.

How wrong I was. The antiabortion...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, pro-life, protest, youth

Why You Should Watch an Otherwise Brainless TV Show

Catholic Pro-Family Contestant Advances on American Idol

01/22/2010 Comments (12)

I can’t bear the thought that perhaps some of you have not yet seen this American Idol video clip.

After last year’s vulgar displays during the season finale and with the recent news that Ellen DeGeneres is going to be the newest judge on the popular television show this season, I figured American Idol was becoming more than this Catholic mom could stomach.

But Maddy Curtis has me re-thinking the decision not to watch this year.

Maddy is the 16-year-old daughter of mega-mom and pro-life blogger Barbara Curtis of As you can see in the video, Maddy has a terrific voice, and—even more importantly—the famously critical Simon Cowell pronounces her “not annoying.”

But this...READ MORE

Filed under american idol, maddy curtis, talent, television

Tim Tebow Stars in Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

01/20/2010 Comments (7)

College football star and Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow gained national attention recently by wearing Scripture passages on his face during high profile football games.

Now it looks like he has another project in the works—this time starring in a Super Bowl ad with his mother, where the message might just be a pro-life one:

“The Colorado Springs-based media ministry shot the ad with the Tebows Tuesday in Orlando, Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger said this morning. It is set to air before and then again during the CBS broadcast of the game from Dolphin Stadium near Miami, he said. Tebow and his mother will share one of their many personal family-affirming stories, Schneeberger said,...READ MORE

Filed under commercial, football, pro-life, super bowl, tim tebow

Parenthood Reduces Your Blood Pressure

01/19/2010 Comments (14)

This is hard to believe.

Yesterday afternoon, for example, as I typed a blog post in the middle of a toy-strewn living room while two older boys argued over a video game, two younger boys took turns shrieking as they leaped from the couch, the dog barked at the door to be let out, and one girl perfected her rendition of Frère Jacques on the electronic key board she got for Christmas, I never would have guessed it.

But a new study says it’s true:

Being a parent reduces your blood pressure.

“While the finding may provoke guffaws of disbelief among parents, the principle is that parenthood gives people ‘a sense of purpose and meaning’ which helps to reduce stress and put the hassles of...READ MORE

Filed under children, family, health, marriage, parents, stress

Sarah Palin Makes a Statement. Again.

01/15/2010 Comments (32)

Well, this is bound to stick in someone’s craw. Pretty much everything Sarah Palin does seems to, so it might as well be a bold pro-life statement that gets her into trouble this time.

She and daughter Bristol are featured on the cover of the latest issue of In Touch Weekly which hits news stands today. I like the simplicity of the mother-daughter message:

“We’re Glad We Chose Life.”

I don’t often look for much cross-over content between magazines that specialize in celebrity gossip and Faith & Family, but this happens to be a cover even a Catholic family magazine would be proud to print. Here we have two pretty moms with their smiling cutie-pie babies, proudly declaring their joy at...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, magazine, pregnancy, pro-life, sarah palin

Are You Paying for Porn at the Library?

01/13/2010 Comments (31)

Two days ago, I dropped off my daughter at basketball practice and drove to a local library to get some work done.

Armed with a stack of reading, I headed toward a quiet spot I know near the back. To get there, I had to walk past the library computer stations. And, on this particularly day, that meant I had to walk past a middle-aged man clicking away on a publicly-viewable screen filled with pornography.

There was no mistaking what was on that screen.

I wasn’t sure what to do. I headed to my intended reading spot, but with Porn Man still within view, and preschoolers playing with wooden puzzles not 12 yards away, there was no way I could concentrate on working there. I was pretty sure...READ MORE

Filed under children, laws, library, obscenity, pornography

Protect Your Marriage ... in the Office

01/12/2010 Comments (10)

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, recently published a list of 7 Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair.

I especially appreciated #4:

Never allow myself to have a “special friend” of the attractive sex (sometimes called a “work spouse”) to whom I turn for particular support. (This is sometimes called an “emotional affair.”)

I am not a naturally insecure person, but I am definitely grateful that my husband works in an all-male environment. Maintaining close “friendships” with members of the opposite sex is an area I think far too many people take too casually, sometimes with devastating consequences.

I also found #6 very insightful:

Imagine your spouse/partner as...READ MORE

Filed under affairs, infidelity, love, marriage, work

So Glad to Be Here

01/11/2010 Comments (11)

Hello NCRegister folks!

I am thrilled to see the launch of the new NCRegister site and honored to be a member of the blogging team here. As the only female among the bloggers, I must admit to feeling a bit of pressure to cover all things girl.

I have no such worries in my other jobs. As a wife and mom of eight kids and editorial director of the Register’s sister publication Faith & Family, I’ve got the estrogen thing pretty well covered.

I am happy to have this outlet to talk about things that might not have anything to do with missing toddler shoes, piles of laundry, and better biscuit recipes, but I can’t promise some part of those things won’t find their way into what I do here. My...READ MORE

Filed under blogging, family, introduction, ncr

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About Danielle Bean

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Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is editorial director of Faith & Family magazine and author of My Cup of Tea, Mom to Mom, Day to Day, and most recently Small Steps for Catholic Moms. Read more of her blogging at Faith & Family Live and