THIS COMES AS NO SURPRISE TO CLOSE FOLLOWERS OF THE AMERICAN GIRL LINE, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE READ "TERRY, GIRL OF THE 1910s, AND HER BOSTON MARRIAGE"

A Wisconsin Catholic school canceled a planned American Girl fashion show fundraiser because of concerns that the doll line's parent company, Mattel, donates money to Girls, Inc., a.k.a. the Girls Clubs of America. According to the AP report:    

Two national groups — the Pro-Life Action League in Chicago and the American Family Association in Tupelo, Miss. — have raised questions about the American Girl brand and its parent company, Mattel Inc. because of the company's fund-raising for Girls Inc.    

Girls Inc. offers a wide range of programs and resources to help educate and encourage girls in everything from science to health. That includes information about abortion and contraception along with sexual abstinence. The organization also affirms lesbian sexual orientation.

The school's pastor, Frank Molloy, wrote to families, "It's a bargain we'll just have to pass up ... The cost is too high. Our integrity isn't for sale."

And here's your takeaway from this story: If the religious right is trying to get at the Girls Clubs by attacking Mattel, is a boycott of the company's flagship toy, Barbie, in the offing? Watch this space.

WHEN THE FATHER OF THE YEAR MEETS THE WIFE OF THE YEAR, IT'S A VERY SPECIAL THING

Some of you may have caught this piece in the Times a couple of weeks back - a front-page article on the men who are trying to instill a love of hunting in the next generation, perfectly illustrated with a photo of a golden-haired 9-year-old Vermont girl in full camo, locked and loaded for bear. The star of the feature was Kevin Hoyt, who has made a personal crusade out of showing kids the joy of killing. We learn that Hoyt is a father of five children under age 13, and a superb caretaker, to boot. As he recalls:    

"My youngest child was with me when he was 2 months old and I shot a deer with a muzzle loader," he said. "He was in a backpack. I was stuck home baby-sitting, and I felt like hunting."

As you'd imagine, the old adage holds here: Behind every great man there is a great woman, and so it is with the Hoyts:    

With his wife, Heather, supporting the family by working from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at a veterans' home and a Wal-Mart, Hoyt devotes himself to his mission, asking for donations of services from outfitters, taxidermists, hunting guides and others.

But domestic concerns cannot get in the way of a man on a mission. He may have those five kids, his wife may work 17 hours a day to feed them, but Hoyt has a calling:

[In September] he plans to drive his camouflage-tattooed Toyota Tacoma truck to dream hunts for deer, elk, bison or pronghorn antelope in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio and Saskatchewan. He intends to sleep in his truck in between hunts and not return home until Thanksgiving.

Sorry, gals, he's taken.

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