Help Us Obi-Wan Kenobi: You’re our only hope.

I loved the film Star Wars from the start, because it was fun and too much of 1970’s film making was childish (looking at you post-Walt Disney Company) or “serious.” If you wanted a fairy tale, you were out of luck if you were over the age of eight and by the late seventies I was [Read More…]

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Microsoft: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do

Dear Microsoft, The Surface Book is a beautiful piece of hardware. The ability to function as a tablet and a laptop is marvelous and the hinge that allows me to use the extra battery in tablet mode is great. The beauty of the hardware tempted me to go back on a decision I made five [Read More…]

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All Hallow’s Coming- On Devils and a Party

I lived between two Halloweens: the time when Christian kids dressed up and had fun and the time when Halloween celebrations could destroy a church. It was nice to have parents who understood reality: demonic powers exist and are not to be feared or trifled with and kids dressing in costumes saying “trick or treat” [Read More…]

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In Which I Dialog with Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What follows is the correspondence between myself and a person who is Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Sadly, Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer is unavailable for further interviews, but I thought in this time of moral confusion that this dialog with Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer might prove helpful. My concern began when my social media feed began to explode with [Read More…]

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Trek to the Stars: Thank you Gene Roddenberry, fellow humanist

I know: he was a secular humanist, taking the Christian humanism of Erasmus and stripping it of Jesus. A good guess is that he confused secularism with short skirts on women and a rejection of sex rules. Gene Roddenberry was no saint of the Church. Still: thank you Gene Roddenberry, because you were a humanist: better secular [Read More…]

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My Life Long Pal: Three Things to Learn from Daniel Reynolds

Today is Daniel’s birthday. . . not the prophet, but my brother. My mother used to tell me: “Cherish your brother. There is nobody closer to you on the planet by blood.” She was right. Dan is not just my brother, but (to quote the Flintstones) my lifelong pal. The fact that he was calling Brexit [Read More…]

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Faster, Stronger, Better. . . Meh (The Six Million Dollar Man)

We lost our television in odd circumstances. Daniel and I liked going to church and generally made no trouble going, but this Sunday night was The Wizard of Oz. There was no streaming in those benighted days, no ability to pop in a Blu-ray. If you missed a show, you missed it. I saw the Star Wars [Read More…]

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My Big Fat Greek Morals Go to the Movies: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This is not a movie where spoilers are possible because this is a pleasant little film that dispenses with plot in favor of characters. Dickens sometimes did it, so it can work, and mostly it does here if you anticipate made for television and not Dickens. If there are males in the target market for [Read More…]

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Star Wars, David Bowie, Hillary Clinton, and Peyton Manning

Last month my feeds were dominated by Star Wars, David Bowie, and Peyton Manning. Great culture endures and so the play Hamlet has been performed, is being performed, and will  be performed. Great culture endures because even though there may not be a great deal of money to be made, the art has the power [Read More…]

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Preservation Hall: A Good Thing in America

I am already tired of politics and nobody has voted yet. Democrat and Republican: my social media is full of fury, rage, and depression. Of course, there are other people posting cat videos, but those jolly souls do not need encouragement. They already live better lives. Here is good, good news about America: time tends [Read More…]

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