..In which I recount divers signs and encounters with this year’s plague.. This being the order the divers signs and encounters were received… Denial. “I don’t really believe this. I am not getting sick; no, this is nothing.” Semi-Denial. “Seriously. This is really not happening. It’s just like – dust. Or something.” Snot. More and..
Big Government Republicans I always thought of my father as a reasonably successful businessman, but he characterized himself, and those of us in the small business world, as “goons.” I remember this term feeling slightly at odds with the life he had built for us: he employed all of his children in the family business..
Drinking Buddies (2013) Kate (Olivia Wild) is what you might call the hospitality girl for a brand new Chicago brewery. She introduces the brew to bar and restaurant owners, and she’s the prettiest, and only, girl in the small company’s employ. She dates music producer Chris (Ron Livingston, Band of Brothers), and this relationship appears..
The Undateable We don’t come by honesty naturally. If we aren’t born liars, we learn exactly what people want to hear very early on, and we spend much of our lives floating partial truth trial balloons. If our friends and loved ones shoot those down, we go back to managing our fictional version of self…
And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. Christopher paused, in the middle of removing his necktie, and smiled at his wife, Daphne. “Thanks for helping me,” he..
Something is wrong with me. I liked all of these films. Mini-Reviews: Angels’ Share • Red Corner • Eden Angels’ Share (2012) It bothers me that Netflix doesn’t have a “UK Tall Tales from the Pub” category. You know: Waking Ned Devine, Brassed Off, The Stone of Destiny. I just love this stuff — Jolly old..
Don’t do it. Whatever they say, don’t do it.. “And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Luke 4:12 Every family has their own tribal legends. Many of them fall into the Braveheart category of heroic valor. My grandfather, a big iron horse of a..
Is Anything Actually Being Replaced? It just sounds like more family at the dinner table to me… As usual, I’m catching up to the great theological debates of our times, a few decades late. Some of the dispensationalists make up their own version of the historic, reformed interpretation of “the Israel of God” and..
Stolen Lives (2009) If the people who make Hallmark television movies ever decided to spice things up with a lingering, forensic eye on dead bodies and a little Morena Baccarin porch humping, it might look something like this curiously lifeless crime drama, which really should have its own caution tape wrapped around it. It features a..
Some years ago, I was on the phone with a woman from Minnesota. It was a January day in Southern California — a very crisp, cold 58 degrees or so. I remember how cold it was because it was one of the few days I had the impulse to wear a t-shirt under my..