Warning: Contains spoilers Read “The Greatest Showman and The Other Woman” Welcome my sister, Julie Kersting of Artist Ave as our guest contributor and rebuttle writer for The Greatest Showman.  While I took issue with some of its historocity, my sister saw a different film. Now with the release of the movie musical on Blu-Ray and DVD, my sister had the fun of showing her kids the movie that went along with the music.  To her delight, the themes of… Read more

ACTION ITEM: Now you can read and sign a petition to FUS administration here. Wondering what all the hoopla about Franciscan University of Steubenville and Christendom College is about?  Here’s a helpful timeline for you to follow the events. Timeline of Events – Updated 19 April, 2018 October 5-10, 2017 – #MeToo starts with the revelations from The New Yorker and The New York Times about Weinstein’s sexual predation. Women (and men) are emboldened to speak out about harassment and… Read more

ACTION ITEM: Now you can read and sign a petition to FUS administration here. Stupid articles require snarky rebuttals. Proceeding yesterday’s article from the National Catholic Reporter about Franciscan University of Steubenville’s (FUS) failure to support student victims of sexual assault, FUS professor and associate director of FUS-housed Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, Dr. Stephen M. Krason had already laid out the toxic ideologies that help perpetuate victimizing women in Catholic arenas. I had the pleasure of pulling apart… Read more

ACTION ITEM: Now you can read and sign a petition to FUS administration here. Today, an article came out from the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) by Jenn Morson, detailing the ways that my alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) has systematically failed to support student victims of sexual assault. This news comes on the heels of the report out of Christendom College, revealing horror stories of how women were sexually abused while at school, and then not supported by… Read more

Previously in this series, I talked about what I discovered when I dug into the “dirt” that Facebook collected from me – revealing not Pandora’s box, but a treasure trove. Now, I want to take a moment to discuss how Facebook’s business model works: which is that their product is you. Let’s take a look. The Information Age Facebook is famously free to use.  When Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and Founder, was asked a few days ago how this was… Read more

In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing on Capitol Hill about Facebook’s distribution of its users’ privacy, I ran across an article in the New York Times about how to download your FB data to see what the social media platform “has” on you.  (Download your FB data here.) I followed the steps and about ten minutes later was sifting through a compressed file including incredibly old Facebook messages, my entire timeline, videos and photographs, events I hosted, and the… Read more

The following contains spoilers for the entirety of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Dear Reader, By now you may have heard of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events which is both a popular series of thirteen dreadful novels and a television series inexplicably hosted on Netflix.  The word “inexplicably” here meaning that “Netflix saw an opportunity to cash in on a popular series of thirteen dreadful novels.” Written by Daniel Handler, the man behind “Lemony Snicket,” each book begins… Read more

A man and a woman meet. He’s tall, handsome, charismatic.  Looks a lot like Hugh Jackman because, in fact, it is Hugh Jackman, decked out in top hat and tails and a thousand watt grin. The woman, an opera singer swathed in silks, flutters her lashes and gazes up coyly.  (She is a red-head after all.  The universal signal of what her favorite scarlet letter must be.) The movie is The Greatest Showman, the latest Hugh Jackman-headlined musical, very loosely… Read more

Before Easter, I gave my hot take on whether to see NBC’s live musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Hopes were high, and although I couldn’t see the musical live (since I was on holiday with my friend, feasting after the fast), I was heartened by seeing all my cynical theatre friends gush over how great the telecast was. Still: as mentioned before, I do not care for this particular musical as a piece of art.  I sought a  professional opinion first…. Read more

Last year, concurrent with Lent, I prepped and then underwent bariatric surgery.  For those of you who may not know what this is: bariatric surgery is a means whereby the stomach is reduced to help a person lose a considerable amount of weight.  Most people have heard of a gastric bypass, which is one form of the procedure, but I opted to get the newer “sleeve” which—rather than rerouting this intestine to that intestine and tying off this bit and… Read more

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