by Brad Nelson 12/31/15
It’s no fun watching an old friend get old…and I’m not talking about Carrie Fisher. Hey, we’re all headed toward the Death Star trash compactor. The good news is that this movie isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The bad news is, it’s nothing new. It’s a reboot of A New Hope More
by N. A. Halkides 12/30/15
In discussing politics, one of the most frequently committed errors is “to fail to see the forest for the trees,” that is, to focus so completely on one issue that we fail to see the whole picture. That tendency had led many to be baffled and angered by the rise of Donald Trump More
Suggested by Timothy Lane • George MacDonald Fraser (most famous for the Flashman series of humorous historical novels) looks at Hollywood’s record on history, especially from the era of historical spectaculars. They often fictionalized events or relied on dubious legends, but also often did a fine job of evoking the milieu.
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by Anniel 12/29/15
The New Year is soon here, so I hope this is my last political rant for a long time. Because of the lies and hatred in the present political climate, that undoubtedly will be a resolution difficult to keep. More
by Linda Harvey 12/23/15
The whole world waits this week for the advent of Jesus, for healing by the baby in the manger who became the Prince of Peace – because our divisions remain wide, our differences dramatic. More
Suggested by Brad Nelson • Ten-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor married a selkie — a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle, and some think that he is being raised by the seals.
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by Steve Lancaster 12/22/15
The cooks come in at 04:30 and start prep for breakfast and at 05:30 the servers and the manager come in to prep for opening at 06:00 when the first customers come in. The early customers are, for the most part, laborers and construction workers who need to be on the job site by 07:00. More
Suggested by David Norris • Social Justice Warriors have plagued mankind for more than 150 years, but only in the last 30 years has their ideology become dominant in the West. Having invaded one institution of the cultural high ground after another, there is nowhere that remains entirely free of their intolerant thought and speech policing.
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A StubbornThings Symposium December 2015
Latest: Throwing a Fit for the Holidays by Kung Fu Zu • Last year’s winning entry (or phrase) was Rosalys’ “…a real, genuine fake tree.” The most heart-warming (in a Little Rita Faye sort of way) was Pat’s story of his wife finding the long-lost song More
by Deana Chadwell 12/21/15
That song has been reverberating in my head for a couple of weeks now. “Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?” Did you know that “when you kiss your baby’s face, you kiss the face of God?” More
by Anniel 12/21/15
In October, 2015, The Drudge Report had an article about a woman who can smell Parkinson’s Disease (PD) on people and their clothing. The Drudge Report and the first articles had a kind of “shazaam!” feeling about them, and were misleading on many details. More
Suggested by Brad Nelson • Two kids are stripped naked and left together on an island in a lake — victims of a vicious summer camp prank. But rather than have to return to camp and face the humiliation, they take off on the run together.
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