Why Patricia Heaton Traveled to Africa to Make Soy Milk and Build Bicycles

When Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton got time off from filming her hit sitcom “The Middle” last month, she traveled to Africa, built bicycles, and made soy milk. In fact, this is a picture of her grinding soybeans on a contraption that looks like an exercise bike. Granted, that’s not all she did there, but [Read More…]

“Captive” is a Compelling Hostage Drama with a Touch of Grace

“That’s a bunch of church crap,” says escaped murderer Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) to widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) during a scene in the new movie “Captive.” While Nichols is holding her hostage, Smith tries to make conversation with him to avoid getting killed, so she brings up the topics of faith and God. [Read More…]

Miss America Pageant Should Ditch Divisive Political Questions & Use Nurse’s Monologue as Model

(Photo property ABC/The Miss America Organization) The old joke used to be that Miss America contestants would answer, “World peace,” when asked what they would want to accomplish during their reign if they won the contest. I have no idea if any of them ever actually gave that answer, but that was the joke. In [Read More…]

God Loved Me in My Brokenness, Says Fmr. Meth Addict, Hostage Hero & Subject of Film “Captive”

“I’m gonna die, and this is what I deserve.” That was the first thought that went through Ashley Smith Robinson’s mind when escaped murderer Brian Nichols took her hostage outside her Atlanta home in 2005. Ashley was a meth addict who frequently promised herself that she would quit drugs so she could be a better [Read More…]