Pianist brings mother’s Holocaust experiences to life

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Live theater is always fresh even when the story breaks your heart. The actors pour themselves into the feat of becoming another and convincing us that their pain, joy, dilemmas, tragedy and triumph are real.Through the kindness of friends, Daughter of St. Paul Sr. Marie Hunt and I were able to experience "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" at the Geffen Playhouse at UCLA.The Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater within the playhouse is intimate at only 115 seats, or parlor armchairs, arranged on … [Read more...]

Undefeated – best sports film of the year

The nation, indeed the world, is enthralled by Jeremy Lin, the undrafted humble Harvard underdog who has stunned the NBA and the New York Knicks with his performances on the basketball court these last couple of weeks.But hidden in the deep South, somewhere around the decrepit environs of North Memphis, Tenn., a high school football team struggles to succeed just as it did in 2010 when The Tigers, the school’s football team, for the first time in the school’s 110 year history, made it to the pl … [Read more...]

Hallmark hits a home run with ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’

My review in the National Catholic Reporter: Hallmark hits a home run with 'A Smile as Big as the Moon'. … [Read more...]

Senna: documentary about a champion with faith

  Sports films are the timeless cinematic metaphor for life. I think it is a fair question to ask which of them made you cry the most? Was it "Rudy"? "Field of Dreams"? "Brian's Song"? For me it's David Anspaugh's 1986 "Hoosiers."Some new releases, whether based on fact or fiction, fuse sports and faith quite well and are entertaining and inspiring without falling into the "message" trap. They also avoid sentimentality, though are wrought with emotion and tension. "Senna" is … [Read more...]

Religious Education Congress 2011: A vibrant human mosaic

The labyrinth ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- Ask anyone who participated in the Religious Education Congress March 17-20 how they would describe the event in terms of art, and they will tell you: It’s the people. Ask author/speaker Jesuit Fr. James Martin and he will tell you that the congress -- not Disneyland across the street -- is the happiest place on earth.Charity Sr. Edith Prendergast, who heads the Los Angeles archdiocese’s Office for Religious Education, told me that she loves the con … [Read more...]

Waiting for Superman – DVD release today

I am reposting my review ... the DVD came out today. REally too bad it was not nominated for an Oscar. One of the most important films of the year - the decade.'Waiting for Superman'by Sr. Rose PacatteDavis Guggenheim got the idea for Waiting for “Superman” one day as he drove his kids to an expensive private school. He passed a downtrodden public school and wondered about kids who didn't have a choice. The film's concept was formulated in early 2008 and Waiting for “Superman" screened at t … [Read more...]

Waiting for Superman

The Los Angeles Times' observant and opinionated journalist Steve Lopez is often irritating but always honest about life in the city of angels. In Sunday's paper Lopez recounts his visit last Friday to A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. Duffy reacted negatively, as would be expected, to the L.A. Timesrecent investigation and values-added formula analysis of teachers. Los Angeles Times published on its website a database of names and grades of teachers in the L.A. Unified Sch … [Read more...]

Introduction to Media Literacy & Church and Communication Online Courses Registration deadline May 26

If you've ever been frustrated at how to engage in our media culture in meaningful ways, consider taking one of these terrific online courses offered by the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.Click here for the course description for Introduction to Media LiteracyClick here for the course description for Church and CommunicationI am the course facilitator for the intro to media literacy course; another fine catechist will facilitate Church and … [Read more...]

NAMLE: National media literacy education association membership campaign

Got media literacy?  Our organizational partner, the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), is having a special membership offer through May 31st.  Join NAMLE today and…- Your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of several fantastic prizes!- Your membership payment will be matched by a generous donor!-  Enjoy new membership benefits, including a FREE one-year subscription to MediaEdu and a 20% discount on an annual subscription to School Library Journal.NAMLE … [Read more...]


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