Growing Up in the 70s: The Boy Who Liked Deer

My friend Jim and I are going to see Rush in concert in September. That’s been a lifelong dream of mine (yes, I’m a man of big dreams). In tribute to all the wonderful aspects of coming of age in the 1970s and 80s, I’m going to run an occasional series on some of the cultural touchstones for those of us who are proudly GenX.

Here’s another classic film that was shown annually when I was in elementary school: The Boy Who Liked Deer. In this one, a boy who likes deer (hence the title) falls in with the wrong crowd. The bad kids poison the deer. The kid feels bad.

You can watch it all on this YouTube playlist. The first segment is below.

Here’s what’s interesting: the last film I wrote about, Cipher in the Snow was produced by Brigham Young University, and this one is by the LDS Church. Stranger still that they’d show those in my school.

Did they show movies like this in your elementary school?

Yes, Tracie Prays, though Not in the Conventional Way

At the Emergent Village Blog, Tracie Giesbrecht responds at length to my query about if you do or do not pray:

Praying words in personal prayers feels manipulative to me these days.  I lack so much confidence in my ability to know what would be good (“God help me get that job” etc) that any words I say to that effect ring hollow. It also feels more like incantation to believe that my words could steer events. I haven’t been able to reconcile praying for outcomes. I would if I felt incredibly compelled to do that. I’d say that’s happened a handful of times – at most.

Read the Rest: Do I Pray?.

Religion Makes You Healthier

Canadians who attend religious services — and there aren’t many — are healthier than their compatriots:

People who attend religious services regularly are less likely than others in this country to develop diabetes or high blood pressure, a new study suggests, adding a Canadian dimension to the growing but contentious body of research linking faith and good health.

The authors, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., theorize that Christian and other religious gatherings help stave off disease by offering a stress-reducing social-support network, frowning on risky behaviour like smoking and drinking and encouraging good diet and exercise.

‘It is the religious belief system that is driving people to care for one another and love one another’

They suggest that doctors take advantage of the findings by urging religious patients to tap into the health-promoting traditions of their faith.

via Attending religious services linked to better health | Holy Post | National Post.

Courtney Is a Bible Covergirl

Well, not Courtney herself, but one of her photos is on the cover of a Bible edited by our friend, Mark Oestreicher:

This is not her first cover image. For more, see herehere, here, and here.