February 27, 2021

The latest episode of WandaVision, “Previously On,” begins to pull back the curtain on a number of important dimensions of Wanda’s backstory and mental health. The following article may include spoilers. A full-fledged confrontation between Wanda and Agatha comes to a head along with a procession through history where the two witches revisit moments from Wanda’s past. If we failed to have remorse for Wanda as she struggles with her grief before now, “Previously On” presents a slew of examples… Read more

February 15, 2021

This past week, The Washington Post reported the use of new security footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riots in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. The heretofore unseen imagery included scenes of former Vice President Mike Pence and his family being rushed out of harm’s way amidst an angry mob that was reportedly out for blood. The same day, the violent Trump proponents broke down a door to gain access to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office, where her cornered… Read more

February 11, 2021

Many lovers of classic cinema mourned the loss of the late Christopher Plummer, who passed away in his home on Feb. 5. It was the end of a cold week, and the world witnessed the burning wick of a passionate soul softly doused. Immortalized for The Sound of Music (1965), Plummer has an impressive litany of productions to which his name is attached including Rian Johnson’s popular movie mystery Knives Out (2019). Here’s a list of movies that, if you’re only… Read more

February 9, 2021

The Disney Plus series WandaVision has been a rollercoaster ride of a show. From the humble and rather slow-moving neighborhood stories at the beginning, it has escalated into an engrossing adventure. At the heart of it all is the unnatural albeit understandable power play exhibited on the part of Wanda Maximoff. Wanda experiences immense emotional pain because of the wanton devastation which Thanos wreaked during Infinity War. Specifically, it was at the hands of Thanos that her lover Vision was… Read more

February 9, 2021

It would be appropriate to initiate this Patheos blog with an introduction – both for the publication and for myself. I’m happy to announce my Patheos column, christened “Cultural Tidbits.” The blog will focus on numerous topics, current and historical. Various topics will be examined either for their implications to Christian beliefs or, alternately, for the opportunity to be seen through the lens of a Catholic perspective. Culture is a broad and fascinating discussion topic, and it can carry with… Read more

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