When I read R.J. Palacio’s Wonder about ten years ago, I was struck by Auggie Pullman’s choice to dress as Boba Fest for Halloween. If you’re a kid like Auggie, you could choose any character to be, preferably one that covers your face like that astronaut helmet, because you’re self-conscious about how you look, and people are not always kind.
So there’s a new movie coming out. Maybe you saw the trailer for it. Some sci-fi flick called Dune, based on a famous novel. But say you haven’t read it. Well, it just looks like Star Wars except all on that desert planet and no lightsabers. With giant worms, right? Continue reading →
It almost sounds like a comedy. When you see Desmond Doss enter the scene as a young man, he seems like a goof, and you wonder what kind of idiot is going to join the army and refuse to carry a rifle. Is this like Gomer Pyle? Continue reading →
One year I was a camp counselor at a Christian camp, and we had a really rainy day. Drenching rainy. Muddy rainy. After having a devotional in an indoor auditorium, we couldn’t think of what to do, and nobody wanted to go outside in the rain.
Thankfully, there was a movie projector, and someone had two Disney movies. The choices were Brother Bear and The Incredibles. Figuring both are good, safe movies for kids of all ages old enough to to to camp, I thought they would put it to a vote, see who wants to see which one the most. Continue reading →
The Civil War was a tragic confrontation of a once unified people deeply divided by polarized values. There were heroes on both sides who fought hard for what they believed in, strongly convinced that their cause was the righteous one. Lives were lost, and great damage was done before the healing could begin again. But what exactly was the cause of this bitter strife that wrecked the nation? Honestly, the answer is complex and it depends on who you ask. I did the research, and after looking diligently into the matter, I’ve offered a summary of the various theories. Continue reading →