Family, Not Just Nostalgia, is Behind Popularity of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

As expected, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has done blockbuster business opening weekend, earning over $250 million. I also heard a statistic that said 71% of the people who attended were adults. To me, that suggests the movie’s popularity is about more than simple pop culture nostalgia, but something deeper. “Star Wars” is popular among [Read More…]

“An Invisible Thread Christmas Story” Highlights Act of Kindness That Changed Two Lives

“Excuse me, lady. Do you have any spare change? I’m hungry.” Those were the first words that 11-year-old Maurice Mazyck spoke to Laura Schroff as she passed him on a New York City street back in 1986. Schroff, a successful advertising executive, initially said, “No,” but then she reconsidered because the words “I’m hungry” stuck [Read More…]

What “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope Could Learn from Joan of Arcadia

Despite its popularity, I’ve never been tempted to watch an episode of “Scandal” because the show sounds too dark and cynical for my tastes. But I do read about the show. It’s hard not to because it garners so much press coverage and adulation. That’s been especially true recently because last week’s episode ended with [Read More…]

Peggy Noonan on Pop Culture, Polarization, & Why Young Journalists Should Emulate Tim Russert

This is part 2 of my interview with Peggy Noonan. To read part 1, click here. One of the recurring themes in Peggy Noonan’s book “The Time of Our Lives” is what she calls “old America,” the America in which she was raised with a sense of safety and hope for the future. During our [Read More…]


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