What Walt Taught Me: Bambi

Is Bambi a girl? This is the question that will separate those who have not seen the film, a group too numerous, from those who have seen it. This is the most gentle film ever made. The pacing is slow, but not slow as in boring or stupid, slow as in unfolding like a flower. [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Dumbo

Like Cars was to Pixar, Dumbo was to the boyish genius Walt Disney: a sign that at his worst he was  capable of producing mere  excellence. Dumbo is an extended short and not quite a fairy tale and it is also the first film in the series that did not change everything or break new [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Fantasia

Hope was frustrated: “Music is music.” She looked at me and realized that her new husband saw pictures instead of hearing music. My auditory sense was dominated by my visual sense to the point that I was deprived of an excellent musical experience. “You think of it all as a story . . . like [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Pinocchio

There was once a little boy in West Virginia who received a puppet. He played with it and the toys of his time lasted and lasted. They were built for love and so the little boy grew up, became a dad,  kept his puppet, until his son found the little wooden head in his dad’s [Read More...]

What Walt Taught Me: Snow White

Disney insists that the first of its full length animated features is “still the fairest one of all.” And the comment is fair. By the Pixar standards of today, the film is very simple, but then it is creating the genre that Pixar has mastered. The film is still fairly good by any standard and [Read More...]

The Shallow Education of America

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. So I was told in my childhood  by the television. I believed it then, and I believe it now.  Some waste their minds on purpose, some have waste thrust upon them, and some waste a mind after a good start. For the fool, the man who wastes [Read More...]

Joy on the Other Side

Dante understood that some of us are not saints like Beatrice or Lucy. We must go the long way to God and not the short path for simple, pure souls. I have not journeyed through Hell, but some parts of my life have felt like Purgatory and so I can testify to this truth. Christianity [Read More...]

Tokenism, Moral Colonialism, and Gay Marriage

Tokenism is one of the great intellectual plagues of our time, infecting right and left, Christians and non-Christians. Tokenism is making a big deal out of a small example. Tokenism is toxic when a company thinks hiring one person of color solves their “diversity problem.” Tokenism is also debilitating when one pretends that one’s little [Read More...]

Real Education is Liberating and Will Thrive

Higher education faces imminent peril, but most schools are avoiding solutions the way a vampire avoids sunlight. The heart of the problem is the cost and the key to cost has been the explosion in administrators, but asking those very administers to solve the problem invites them (as they think) to hire more administrators to [Read More...]

Waking Up in a Dark Wood

I woke up after doom had come and I had nobody to blame for it but myself. My parents were excellent, my church winsome, and my education better than I deserved, but I wanted more. The best part of me wanted Jesus and a relationship with Him. Maybe. Or it could easily have been that [Read More...]