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.
Early in The Mandalorian Din Djarin reluctantly takes up the mantel of foster parent with “the child” (aka Baby Yoda).
While we’ve seen the Mando’s fatherly abilities tested throughout the show, episode 2:2, titled “The Passenger,” gave us an exploration of maternal instincts in the Star Wars universe.
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I’m glad to see more people becoming aware of sex trafficking recently. I’ve seen some good articles and videos teaching us about how prevalent it is and ways we can spot it.
But I’m not too happy to see how it’s been wielded, especially by Covid-19 anti-mask skeptics.
Maybe you came across a link to this documentary someone uploaded on YouTube. Some have said that the video is telling a very powerful and truthful story because it was made and posted by a doctor named Judy Mikovits. But to be honest, Judy Mikovits is a doctor in the same sense that Mike Hughes was an astronaut. Continue reading
Yesterday my wife and I took our two boys to the river so we could have a picnic with my parents but maintain our social distancing. Because you know, Covid-19.
Here we are wading through the shallow end, skipping rocks, stacking rocks, looking for critters under rocks. It’s pretty windy outside, even among these trees by the river. Continue reading
My kid loves Captain Underpants. Sometimes I cringe a little because of that. I mean, lots of potty humor, occasional disregard for authority figures, and continual lack of focus on responsibilities.
But it’s great silly humor. Continue reading
Not long ago I came across an article by Frederica Mathewes-Green in The National Review, titled “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense”.
Not only was it one of the most emotionally moving stories told by a pro-life woman that I’ve ever heard, it also had something profound to say beyond merely reinforcing the “pro-life cause.” Sadly, in America it is a cause that often finds itself bound up in hypocrisy, misogyny, and self-righteous promotion of a secluded family life that exiles the forgotten, in the name of—maybe—saving children. Continue reading
If the umbilical cord is our attachment to our mothers, it seems unfair that my relationship to my father was for so long defined by the faulty wiring of an electrical outlet in our basement.
In lieu of a post this week…
Check out my latest published essay, “The Power Economy of Dad.”
Courtesy of Hippocampus Magazine. They’ve got other cool creative nonfiction as well.
Jim Caviezel will always be known as the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. He didn’t just take on the role because it was a challenge. He took it on as a Christian. Continue reading
My six-year-old does Taekwondo. Currently, the little guy is a yellow belt. He’s only been at it for a year, but he’s lasted so long, learned so much patience, focus, determination.
It wasn’t until after he earned his yellow belt that I learned the meaning behind the colors of all the belts, which are nearly uniform across many martial arts, with some variation. Continue reading