In real-life Game of Thrones, it’s been a busy few days for the Kingdom of the States United.In the far reaches of Indiana, the forces of the Lannister-like Evil Overlord from the Gilded Hall (who has his own Lannister-esque interest in his female offspring) vanquished the combined armies of the Lord of Ohio and the Dark Priest from Texas. Show More Summary
It’s May already! While we like the news items and the weird stories, if you know someone who is consistently doing good writing online, send me a link so we can feature them here. Meanwhile, sit back, enjoy the list, and try to forget last night’s primary results. Essay of the Week: Everything you’ve always […]
John Goldschmidt is the director and co-producer of the film “Dough,” a sweet comedy about an Orthodox Jewish baker (Jonathan Pryce) whose new assistant is a Muslim teenager from Darfur who has a side business dealing weed. The marijuana...Show More Summary
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK48CuvjFpU Touched by an Angel. Jennifer Wilder Morgan, author of the inspirational novel Come to the Garden based on her personal encounters with the Devine, takes the stage in more than 400 theaters tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. Show More Summary
There's a new movie coming out about Edward Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone, a master of paranoic drama with a historical focus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KyltHXrxVk If you're interested in the issue of government spying, national security, and whistleblowing, you should be sure to see "Citizenfour." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiGwAvd5mvM
The two most dazzling life performances I have ever seen or will ever see were both by Janis Joplin. This week, the PBS American Masters series is her story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BecO7FgQnEc Here she is at the Monterey music festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bld_-7gzJ-o
Just hours after first posting about a couple of God-fearing goons who marched into a Target store to startle and harass shoppers over their Bible-masked bigotry, another video has surfaced.This one's from a Portland, Oregon based group...Show More Summary
Happy May! The blockbuster movie season officially starts this week with the latest superhero movie from Marvel, and the month will end with another superhero movie as well. But we'll get some good smaller movies, too. Here's what I'm...Show More Summary
Denzel Washington, Vincent D'Onofrio, Matt Bomer, Ethan Hawke, Vinnie Jones, Peter Sarsgaard, and Chris Pratt star in the remake of "The Magnificent Seven," and they've released a teaser trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9A1WKABIbk This is a good reminder to catch up on the two earlier versions, both excellent. Show More Summary
Do something to nourish and refresh your spirit and essence. Take a walk in nature or on the beach. Make a healthy and tasty meal. Luxuriate in a hot bath by candlelight and beautiful music. Read an inspiring book. Meditate. Watch...Show More Summary
While it seems most of the internet is laughing at a viral video of a father taunting his daughter with threats that he'll break her future boyfriend's legs, insisting "You're going to be a nun" and that she's "going to work for Jesus," I'm reluctant to join them.
Christian evangelist Ray Comfort, he of Banana Nightmare fame, will be at the Reason Rally... though not at the invitation of anyone organizing the event.Comfort will be on the other end of the Mall on June 4, just away from the Lincoln Monument where the Rally is taking place, preaching and generally trying to convert anyone who crosses his path:
Today, my friend Kristin Pedemonti, who is known as a storyteller, writer and up-lifter of spirits, and who, like me, creates FREE Hugs events, dyes her hair vibrant colors (hers is pink and mine is purple) was showing off her new tattoo on her Facebook page. Show More Summary
America is divided on the idea of the prosperity gospel, and here is why.
Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart star in a futuristic story about a time when emotions are outlawed and love is the worst crime of all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW-0wmuNBto
"It’s not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways of doing things, but it’s that place in between that we fear. It’s like being between trapezes. There’s nothing to hold on to." ~ Marilyn Ferguson In that betwixt and between mode in which I feel like a trapeze artist in mid air. Show More Summary
For a crooner who has often been described as "all-American," Pat Boone sure dislikes one cornerstone of American public life: the First Amendment.In the wake of his dire warnings that the recent SNL skit "God Is a Boob Man" will lead to the eternal punishment of everyone involved, Boone now also wants to see SNL and broadcaster NBC punished in the earthly realm.
Emily Suzanne ClarkJust what you always wanted—another post from me about teaching and primary sources. This is a follow-up my post last month about my favorite primary sources to teach. Again, add your favorites in the comments! The...Show More Summary
You may have seen Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård at work in flicks like Good Will Hunting, Dancer in the Dark, and David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He's always interesting to watch, and that's no different...Show More Summary