Toni Morrison’s Vengeful Fantasy Would Not “End” Anything

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Somehow this got past me, until I happened to see it on Bristol Palin's blog.“People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race’,” Morrison told the Daily Telegraph.“This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back.”She added: “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.”Really? That's all it would take to make all of the distrust, all of the pain of r … [Read more...]

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Would I care more about 50 Shades, if I were Evangelical?

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Over in our Evangelical Channel, a brief post by Samuel James, entitled "50 Shades of Self-Loathing" has gone mega-viral. In conversation with an Evangelical friend, I've learned that some Evangelical energy has put into promoting a "boycott" of the movie.The Evangelical community is very exercised about 50 Shades of Grey, and I'm trying to figure out why we Catholics seem less so.It's not as if bishops have not spoken out about the film and exhorted us to holiness. It's not as if … [Read more...]

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Noah and The Lent of Christian Screaming, 2014

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How is your Lent going? Are you feeling like you're making some spiritual progress, with the fasting and the alms-giving, and the extra prayer-time?Well, Lent is almost over and if you think you've been working hard on your faith in these forty days, know that the evil one has worked even harder. He always does. Every Lent, it's something; every Lent the evil one exploits a matter, with four reliable effects:It impacts the culture-at-large It foments doubt about precepts of faith It … [Read more...]

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Harold Ramis and the Touch of the Mensch

Peter Venkman and Ray Stantz might have been the glamor boys of the Ghostbusters, but Egon Spengler was always my favorite. I loved Harold Ramis' dry, geeky delivery, and admired the genius evident in so many of his films. So sorry to read that Ramis has died at age 69, after a long illness.There was a sweetness to Ramis' stuff; his work was smart, insightful and if it could bite, there was an under-note of kindness to it. I've often wondered if Bill Murray (from whom he was estranged) could … [Read more...]

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A Most Brilliant “Groundhog Day” Exposition

In a day-late observance of the 21st anniversary of the release of Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day" there are some good pieces floating around the internet, but for my money none come close to the brilliant exposition to be found at "Through a Glass Brightly" blog:And so begins Phil's education as illustrated by very enjoyable self-improvement sequence. He reads voraciously, learns to play the piano and ice sculpt, and goes around town performing random acts of kindness. All of this mortifies … [Read more...]

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Look at Me: Elmore Leonard, RIP

"If work was a good thing, the rich would have it all and not let you do it." -- Elmore LeonardElmore Leonard has passed away. The world is a little dimmer and a little dumber, today.One of my favorite writers -- and the source for a few of my favorite films, too. I will have to watch "Get Shorty" tonight in his memory.His "Ten Rules of Writing" are succinct and perfect:Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing1. Never open a book with weather. 2. Avoid prologues. 3. … [Read more...]

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Hawaiian Folk Music, Crusades and Columns

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Last night, my husband got home from an outing and watched The Descendents, starring George Clooney. Not really a Clooney fan, but he was very good, and the movie was engrossing. Hubby and I both wished that some religious perspective might have been introduced, but then that would have made it a completely different movie, so -- it is what it is. The reason I'm mentioning it at all, though is because we both commented, almost at precisely the same moment, that we were really enjoying the … [Read more...]

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Are you Happy?

When my Elder son was very small, and was trying to figure out facial expressions, he would ask me, or my husband, or the lady at the grocery store, "Are you 'appy?"He was missing his h's for a little while.Sometimes my husband and I will still tease each other with that. He'll see me looking pensive and ask "are you 'appy?"It's a sweet question, and it always makes me smile, for the warm memories of my son at such a young age. But sometimes I wonder if, rather than asking people … [Read more...]

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