“Babette’s Feast” and the Goodness of God (celebrating 25 years)

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In 1995 I returned from two years of graduate study at the University of London's Institute of Education, MA in tow. I proposed that my community begin the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Boston with a good media library. At that time the budget was healthy and almost every Sunday after mass I went to the Barnes & Noble store at Chestnut Hill to savor a great cup of coffee as I browsed their excellent collection. On my second visit I met T.J., a student at Boston College who went on to … [Read more...]

Ever wonder what’s in Hot Pockets? What is imitation mozzarella anyway?

You can buy the poster from boingboing website.This can teach us how to read ingredients on packaging. Did you know that enzymes can mean monosodium glutamate (MSG)? (And that spices can mean enzymes and therefore MSG?)Look how many kinds of sugar there are in this product: sugar, corn syrup solids, modified food starch (OK, corn but sugar just the same).See how many salts are in here....Then, oh joy! reduced lactose and reduced iron! How healthy can you get? I mean "reduced"!And what … [Read more...]

Bones TV Show last night: The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken

Last night's episode of Bones (Fox), though on the light side, packed a serious message. Here's a recap from www.TV.com:"Remains of a chicken farmer are found on the bank of a nearby river, and Booth and Brennan are called in to investigate. The farmer, who was an animal right activist, was about to inherit a chicken factory and had many enemies with motive to kill him -- leaving the team with a lot of murder suspects to sort through."A film released earlier this year, Food, Inc., was a … [Read more...]

CSI Miami “Bad Seed” Episode October 20

Did you catch the October 20th episode of CSI Miami? You can watch it online at  Bad Seed CSI MiamiAfter seeing the film "Food, Inc." earlier this year, I found the plot of this film, about genetic messing with corn, a little challenging to follow from the science angle, but I liked it because it dealt with something consumers need to be aware of: agribusiness is messing with our food supply and we do not know the long-term consequences of this on human beings or the environment.The response … [Read more...]

Movie Reviews Food, Inc., My Sister’s Keeper, Harry Potter & Half-Blood Prince, etc.

My reviews for St. Anthony Messenger, September 2009 are online now.After the road trip my sister and I took these last couple of days from Half Moon Bay to Marin County, CA, organic takes on a whole new "feel". In case you haven't been to Marin County lately, it's one big celebration of organic edibles. The film Food, Inc. will make you evaluate the source of everything you put into your mouth, and the consequences of not questioning and speaking up about corn-fed and syrup-ed processed and … [Read more...]


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