Our Children Are Losing Their Way and Disney is to Blame

There’s this sense we begin to take on as we get older that the generation behind us, the one following our trail and the subsequent ones following directly behind them, are for some reason inadequate. Years and years ago we believe, centuries and so on, the greatest people, the pinnacle point of humanity, lived out their days and birthed a generation that would slowly take the charge in our descent toward becoming an amorphous blob of idiocy. But we aren’t the only ones who believe that. (more…)

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Celebrities, Men, Sexual Assault and You

There’ve been an odd set of moments over the past couple of months: allegations are raised over not only an individual but a powerful individual of an instance wherein they sexually assaulted the raiser of the allegation, usually, or someone else, maybe, the person is removed from their position—they step down, their position changes in some way—and it comes to light that what was said was not only an allegation, but an accurate glimpse at the truth.

It’s been a whirlwind of happenings, allegations and confirmations: Matt Lauer a couple of days ago, Louis C.K. a few weeks ago, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, Charlie Rose—the list is staggering, and frighteningly, this list shows no sign that it’ll ever not keep getting larger. (more…)

A List of Things to Get You into the Halloween Spirit

I absolutely love the Halloween season. It’s been years since I’ve dressed up, I don’t go to parties, by and large I sit at home Halloween night as if it were any other evening in the week, but I can’t help it—I love this time of year. And I don’t necessarily know why.

I don’t love horror, I’m not the most social of people and Halloween often passes me by with little more than a whisper—but it isn’t so much the night of Halloween that I love; it’s the month that leads up to it that gets me excited. The playfully creepy nature of every decoration, every food, every movie, and every book underlines a deep bit of nostalgia I forget about for portions of the year, but as the weather begins to cool and the nights become longer, the feeling comes rushing back, ringing in the gauntlet of holidays I long for the other months of the year.

So to highlight this season I love so much, I want to share some of the things that get me in the Halloween spirit. This will be movies, this will be books, this will be games—one big Halloween mega-post suitable for the scary nights to come. Let’s get started! (more…)

Do Not Disagree Over This

It may come as no surprise that I am rather long-winded. If you’ve ever read a sentence I’ve written or listened to me speak, then you know that I choose my words carefully, but tend toward using 100 words when what I’m saying requires four. It isn’t something I necessarily love about myself. I wish I could be more concise. I wish I could communicate in a simpler way, but sometimes I enjoy the padding my words create, the spices, the seasonings being sprinkled along what it is I mean, because I believe when you are trying to tell a story, or communicate an idea, concise isn’t always better or more effective.

But sometimes it is. (more…)

Here is the House, it is Green and White

I read a brief article earlier today (and you can too) by a pastor in North Carolina. It was entitled, “I Don’t Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones,” and in the article, the pastor (his name is Kevin, let’s call him Kevin) lazily wonders how a Christian could watch a show with so much hedonistic content, despite having never watched the show himself. Despite having never examined the content by which he is criticizing to have a rounded and fuller viewpoint, good or bad, pro or con. And this approach to things is indicative of what is becoming (and let’s be honest, has been for a long time) a very negative trait in modern Christianity, wherein sinful content, most often sexual, is earmarked as unhelpful and uninformative and to be dismissed altogether.

I used my words carefully there: Unhelpful. Uninformative. Lazily. (more…)