20 Things That Caught My Eye Today: Empowering Unexpectedly Pregnant Women, the Turks in Iraq, the Dangers of Individualism & More

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2. USCIRF Condemns Turkish Bombing of Christian Village in Iraq

3. New Arizona laws pave way for photo IDs for foster, homeless youth

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4. Matt Lewis: Abortion Is Why Never-Trump Republicans Can’t Work With Dems

5. Video shows smugglers abandoning 5-year-old boy at the Texas border

6. Mother graduates from college 10 years after becoming mom at age 14

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8. Freddie Figgers: The millionaire tech inventor who was ‘thrown away’ as a baby

9. Carl Trueman: How Expressive Individualism Threatens Civil Society

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11. How Some Churches Leave Singles Behind

12. Cardinal Dolan: ‘We Preach Love! Why Do Some Hate Us?’

13. Aged care: How do we honour our obligations to the elderly?

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15. Women share how motherhood gave them ‘a kind of liberty you can’t imagine’

Elizabeth Bruenig is another millennial mom who found that childbearing isn’t “a chore but a pleasure, not the end of freedom as you know it but the beginning of a kind of liberty you can’t imagine.” Through motherhood, Bruenig came to realize that “[w]ith the exception of — perhaps — a few immutable characteristics, you are not something you discover one day through trial and error and interior spelunking; you are something that is constantly in the process of becoming, the invention of endless revolutions. You never know who you are, because who you are is always changing.”

16.  The Forgotten Gifts of American Voluntarism

17. He might not recall today’s breakfast, but this Utah vet vividly recalls landing on Utah Beach

18. Doug Heye: I couldn’t travel, so I cooked the foods from my favorite trips. It got me through.

19. A Recipe for a Lebanese Breakfast, From a Maronite Catholic Chef

20. Margaret Rossi, Gift Shop Matriarch in Little Italy, Dies at 72

One February afternoon in 1970, Margaret Faiella sat down in a lobby chair to crochet during her lunch break at her office job in downtown Manhattan. She noticed a young man fumbling to buy a pack of cigarettes from a vending machine. Then he walked up to her.

“Is anyone sitting here?” he asked, looking at the chair next to her.

“No,” she said.

“Who are you crocheting that for?”

“You.”

They met for tuna sandwiches the next day in her office building’s cafeteria. They went for a date at a steakhouse in Brooklyn the evening after that. He called her nightly to serenade her on the telephone with his guitar. Nine months later she married Ernest Rossi, whose memory of their meeting remained vivid in the telling 51 years later.

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