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Donald Trump Has Won the Republican Game of Thrones

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

Wednesday Link List

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 […]

Interview: Director John Goldschmidt on "Dough"

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

Inspirational "Come to the Garden" comes to theaters tomorrow night (5/3)

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 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

Trailer: Snowden

There's a new movie coming out about Edward Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone, a master of paranoic drama with a historical focus. If you're interested in the issue of government spying, national security, and whistleblowing, you should be sure to see "Citizenfour."

Janis Joplin on PBS American Masters

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. Here she is at the Monterey music festival.

Another Evangelical Group Invades Target in Protest of Trans Bathroom Decision

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

May 2016: Movies This Month

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

Trailer: The Magnificent Seven (and the Earlier Versions)

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: This is a good reminder to catch up on the two earlier versions, both excellent. Show More Summary

Follow Your Joy

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

Dad Tells Daughter He’ll Break Her Future Boyfriend’s Legs and She’s Going to Work For Jesus

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.

Ray Comfort: I’ll Also Be at the Reason Rally… to Convert All the Atheists

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

Trailer: Equals

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.

Free Fall or Free Flight?

"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

Pat Boone Doubles Down, Says TV Blasphemers Should Be Fined By the State

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.

What's Your Favorite Primary Source to Teach? Part 2!

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

Why Actor Stellan Skarsgård Would Rather Follow a Children’s Cartoon Animal Than God

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

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