Thank You, Mr. Rogers.

I've been feeling a lot of gratitude for Fred Rogers recently.Maybe it's because I've made it a new "life rule" to withdraw from online interaction that is characterized by contentiousness and dialogue-dominating personalities.I recently said farewell to an online community that I'd enjoyed for years because I could feel myself being provoked into a kind of dialogue that I want to avoid. I don't mind criticism; in fact, I seek it out. But I'm allergic to criticism that is delivered with … [Read more...]

God Bless Gracious Commenters

Friends and colleagues who leave comments here, consider this a little love note, prompted by things I've seen happening on several other sites today.Conversing on an online discussion board is a tricky art. … [Read more...]

Save Me From Divisive Speech

You read the darnedest things in Facebook status updates. Here's a gem I stumbled across today. … [Read more...]

Should Christian Critics Be Applauding Certain Oscar Contenders?

UPDATE: Okay, I admit, I posted a somewhat reactionary entry earlier after reading Barbara Nicolosi's post about the Oscars today at Church of the Masses. I'm a big Barbara Nicolosi fan, even though I don't always agree with her, and today's post just rubbed me the wrong way. So, to make up for my disrespect to Barbara, I'm going to re-word this post, since Barbara's been gracious enough to clarify...-Act One screenwriting guru and blogger Barbara Nicolosi is on the attack today, … [Read more...]

The Secret Meaning of The Life Aquatic

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the most surprising email I've received today.Warning: If you haven't seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, beware! … [Read more...]

Barbara Nicolosi on Civility, Despite Our Differences

But she does say this... … [Read more...]