Commendable in the Eyes of God, Country, and Family

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Some Veterans Day reflections on my uncle that I published for the first time last year. Reading back over them, I realize they are as true now as they were then. Uncle David helped to shape and to form who I am today in a way unsurpassed by anyone but my parents. I am forever in his [Read More...]

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This Week’s Suggestion — “Lilo & Stitch” — And A Quick OOTO Announcement

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Oh good! My dog found the chainsaw! I’ll be stepping away from the blog for a few days, traveling to New Mexico to give a talk: “The Brutality of Grace: On the Value of Watching Dark and Difficult Films.” So, naturally, I’m recommending a film that’s not even remotely dark or difficult: Lilo & Stitch, one [Read More...]

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SVS: “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

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I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to recommend today. (The weeks feel like they’re coming two-at-a-time of late, and I’m sort-of-tired. So, yeah. I’m a bit behind. At least emotionally, if not actually.) And then I saw this Crux article on “Avatar: The Last Airbender” from Friend-O-The-Blog Steven Greydanus: “Bending the air: Defying gravity [Read More...]

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Kids. They Teach You The Darndest Things.

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A few evenings ago, while walkin’ about town with the Susanka Pack, I casually mentioned a friend (and his family) who were driving from California to Philadelphia to see the Pope. Most of the boys responded as I would have expected,  either with terror-and-concern (over the length of the drive), or with excitement-and-mild-envy (at the opportunity to [Read More...]

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No Commentary Necessary — “Sulphur Hexafluoride”

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I’m putting the chances Cormac will rush off to find himself a big ol’ canister of sulphur hexafluoride as soon as he sees this clip at just about 100%. (I’d go “more definite” if I could, but this isn’t a sports metaphor.) Yes, I realize Adam said no one should try this at home, but this stuff’s crazy. (Which, “inexplicably,” [Read More...]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

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I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More...]

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SVS: “Finding Nemo”

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I have to get out of here! I have to find MY SON! I have to tell him… how!… old!… sea turtles are! I’m going against one of my (mostly secret) rules today: I don’t usually recommend a streaming film that must be rented to be watched. I like my Streaming Video Suggestions (SVS) to be [Read More...]

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SVS: “Ernest & Celestine”

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I’m too busy chasing after my kids (and watching ‘em sunburn) to compose a proper Streaming Video post this week. Instead, I’m just going to toss a name out there and call it good. A name that comes from my kids (and their better-than-expected taste in animated films), come to think of it. So this whole [Read More...]

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No One Sees the World Quite Like a 6-Year-Old

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A few days ago, I came home from work and found this odd/inexplicable assortment of magnetic letters lying on our dining-room table. Because I have yet to learn better, I asked who it’d come from. And what it was. James (the Fifth Son) piped up from behind me, a slight exasperation matter-of-factly hidden under his [Read More...]

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Experiencing Pop-Culture Through A Four-Year-Old Filter

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A few months back, I recounted a hilarious and/or horrifying episode involving David (The Fourth Son), James (The Fifth Son), the Just Dance 2 game on our Wii, and The Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back.” Fast forward to a few days ago, when Cormac was storming ’round the living room belting out “Walk Like The Giff·i·ans!!!” at the top of his lungs. At [Read More...]

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