Master Sue

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I know that this is an entertainment blog, and that martial arts are not strictly “entertainment,” but they are “arts.” So, I’m going to write about that today. I want to tell you about my Yoda; my Master—Master Sue. She doesn’t look like a Muppet and she’s not wrinkled and green; she’s really gorgeous. And she’s awesome. Right now she’s kicking cancer’s ass, but she can kick yours (or your Master’s), too. Even in the midst of chemo a … [Read more...]

Soul Soothing Sounds of Star Wars

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) Saturday night I purchased a Star Wars album on iTunes because my stupid phone won’t let me have my Star Wars CD on it since it last updated.  Anyhoo… I got to listen to the album on my way to work Sunday morning, rather loudly, in my car.  This particular version comes with the “Fox Fanfare” and then goes into the “Main Title” for A New Hope.  I often have an emotional response (not bawling or anything) to some of the Star Wars music … [Read more...]

Jane Says…

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(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)There are certain books that I read over and over because no matter where I am in my life, they speak to me. They have spoiled me for inferior books. Like The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia, I couldn’t even guess how many times I’ve read another favorite—Jane Eyre. Some of the best lines ever written come from this poor, plain girl who has suffered so deeply, been overlooked so thoroughly and came to know herself so compl … [Read more...]

The Vision is a Vision!

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)WARNING: SPOILERS I actually got to go to the movies to see a movie! My family and I went and saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. It started off wonky—it looked like a video game. I actually thought that we were watching a training simulation or something at first. I’m still not sure whether the movie adjusted or I did, but it seemed to correct itself. I thought the rest of the movie looked great.And it was great. I’m a sucker for sup … [Read more...]

The Michael Scott School of Grieving

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I guess that a lot of people who write do this, but I have a tendency to write about what I need to hear at the moment. It’s a sort of therapy, I suppose. This week (who am I kidding—it can be found in my blogs for weeks past), what I’ve mostly been dealing with (actually, “dealing” might not be the word…more like “avoiding”) is grief. I left a job that I loved after 16 years and left people who had become my family. This meant leavin … [Read more...]

Le Petit Prince

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry)I saw today that one of my favorite books, The Little Prince, is going to be an animated movie. I tend to stay cautiously optimistic (which a co-worker pointed out to me today is just a form a of pessimism…) about things I might be enticed to be excited about, but it looks gorgeous!! I really like the way they are framing the story in the life of a child who is being driven by her mom into a premature adulthood. The little girl befriends an old … [Read more...]

Flea Market Joy

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry) This past weekend, my eldest and I hit a local Flea Market. He found some treasures, and so did I! I found a few Star Trek Next Generation collectables (a phaser, communicator and a Lore action figure that the guy threw in for free) and a Doctor Who comic book in excellent condition, in a sleeve, from 1981. It was the Fourth Doctor, who happens to be one of my favorites.I usually only collect The Tick comic books … [Read more...]

Bigfoot and Chupacabra: Perfect Together

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) Very often, people think that working for a Church must be so nice and calm and easy. It’s not. It’s great—I love it—but on a daily basis we deal with the very serious realities of people’s lives: death, illness, poverty and disaster, mental and emotional issues, addiction; anything that can cause distress to an individual or family. There’s loads of happy stuff, too, but the weight of the reality of people’s lives can be borderline c … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: J.R. Johansson

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 (Next up on the TABC 2015 front, author J.R. Johansson. She's got some amazing things to say about her struggles as a mom and a writer. Her new book, Cut me Free, is in book outlets everywhere ) What was the one event in your life that got you writing?I don't know if it was any one event, but I had just gone through a divorce, was a single mom for the first time ever, and my 5-year-old son had just been diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. With all of those things in my h … [Read more...]

The Battle Of What Seemed Like Five Hours

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I am the parent of a teenager. This puts me in the weird new reality of my humongous child now venturing away from the house without me; going out with his friends instead. He gets to go to movies—in the theater. I used to do that… He has already seen two movies that I wanted to see before I got to. The first was “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the second was “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,” both of which I had to w … [Read more...]


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