This week I will join throngs of Star Wars fans in heading to the theater and cheering as Star Wars: The Force Awakens fills the silver screen. It will be a moment long awaited – to see our favorite characters return and to finally know what became of them. Of course, I find myself reflecting […]Read more "Why Star Wars Means So Much To Us: An Old Memory of A New Hope"
“The moment I looked into the brown eyes of this man, I knew that Yeshua of Nazareth could surely see into my soul and know my every thought.” – A.D. 30 “With Yeshua, God seems to be intimate, as though breath itself.” – A.D. 30 During my teen years, I devoured the book entitled The […]Read more "Book Review: “A.D. 30”"
“The Flyboy who got away became president of the United States. What might have been for Warren Earl, Dick, Marve, Glenn, Floyd, Jimmy, the unidentified airman, and all the others who had lost their lives?…And what might have been for those millions of doomed Japanese boys, abused and abandoned by their leaders? War is the […]Read more "Remembering the Flyboys and What Might Have Been"
“There drew he forth the brand Excalibur, And o’er him, drawing it, the winter moon, Brightening the skirts of a long cloud, ran forth And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt: For all the haft twinkled with diamond sparks, Myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work Of subtlest jewellery.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson – Morte d’Arthur […]Read more "X: Excalibur and the Greatest Weapon of All"
When War of the Worlds, an 1898 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, was performed as a Halloween episode for CBS Radio in 1938, it created widespread panic. Those who were not familiar with the novel assumed they were listening to actual news, and for a few terrible hours believed that Martians were actually attacking […]Read more "W: “War of the Worlds” and the Power of One Word"
“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye.” Hans Christian Andersen – The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen, poet and author from Denmark, may have published The Ugly Duckling back in 1843, but this classic children’s tale is just as beloved – […]Read more "U: Uniquely You: Lessons from the “The Ugly Duckling”"
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet We all grow up hearing the tale of Romeo and Juliet, and laughing at caricatures of Bugs Bunny calling for his “Romeo” […]Read more "R: “Romeo and Juliet” – An Honest Glimpse of True Love"
Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed Agatha Christie’s mystery novels so much that she made the author a Dame of the British Empire. It’s hard to believe that in the beginning, Christie was a hardworking World War I nurse and military wife who was originally unsuccessful at getting her first book published! In 1920, however, a small […]Read more "Q: What Agatha Christie, the “Queen of Crime,” Reveals About the Human Heart"
“In his eyes, all the sadness of the world.” Christine – Phantom of the Opera “Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known? God, give me courage to show you. you are not alone!” Christine – Phantom of the Opera In its day, French Grand Opera was the single greatest […]Read more "P: “Phantom of the Opera” – A Haunting Reminder"
“Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.” Jim Coates – Old Yeller (1957) “You crazy, wonderful dog!” Katie Coates – Old Yeller (1957) Okay – confession time. I stand among the ranks of those who were absolutely traumatized by Old Yeller as […]Read more "O: “Old Yeller” – Why It’s Okay to Cry Your Eyes Out"