Monthly Archives: January 2015

On the Anniversary of the Apollo 1 Tragedy

apollo-1-crew-training-capsuleToday is the 58th anniversary of the death of Roger Chaffee, Gus Grissom and Ed White. I was very fortunate to stumble into interviewing Judy Boen, the astronauts’ personal secretary. Her stories are funny, fascinating and a reminder that we can never count on tomorrow.

ST. LOUIS – Judy Boen’s teacher at secretarial school said she would never make it in an office. But if you asked the astronauts in the Gemini and Apollo space programs, Boen had the “right stuff.” Continue reading


All That and a Jar of Marmalade: Review of “Paddington”

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Hehe… I kind of want to boop his nose. *BOOP* hehe

Rated PG, 95 minutes (watched 1/24/15)

Paddington is a shockingly cute movie. OK, so “shockingly” may be a little too strong, but I enjoyed the 95-minute run and I did not expect this to be the case. Truth be told, I was only able to enjoy 78 minutes of it, but we’ll get to that. Continue reading

“Letter From a Birmingham Jail”


In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we ran MLK’s famous words on civil disobedience, “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” in the paper. We didn’t have room to publish the entire thing, so it fell on my to cut it to just 1/4 of its originally length. In reading it five or six times to figure out where I could pare things down, I was struck by just how brilliant this man’s words and message were and are. It’s well worth your time to read it, especially in terms of the unrest in Ferguson. Continue reading

Bulls Eye: Review of “American Sniper”

I've got nothing snarky to say.

I’ve got nothing snarky to say.

Rated R, 132 minutes (watched 1/19/15)

I knew going in I was probably going to like American Sniper, but I was wrong; I loved it. I’m admittedly prone to hyperbole, but it hit me like a freight train. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best movie I’ve seen in several years.
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Ferguson pastor on marching (and getting arrested) with MLK


I’m particularly proud of this article I wrote:

FERGUSON – Stoney Shaw was just an idealistic seminary student, the white son of Florida sharecroppers who grew up alongside the black children whose families worked those same fields. But his experience with racism, protests and a chance encounter with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967 would shape him into a man uniquely equipped to pastor a church like First Baptist Church of Ferguson, a town now known internationally – fairly or not – as a hotbed of racial unrest and violence. Continue reading

If I can take it, I can make it: Review of “Unbroken”

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Actually, guys, it looks to me like your plane is very much not unbroken.

Rated PG-13, 137 minutes (watched 1/17/15)

“Unbroken” is good, but it could be so much better.

By all standards, Louis Zamperini, the focus of Unbroken, led an incredible life. He was raised in a poor immigrant family, but grew up to be an Olympian who stole Hitlers personal Nazi flag, survived a plane crash in the South Pacific, fought hand-to-hand with sharks (and won) and was a prisoner of war for more than a year. He survived it all unbroken (Hey! That’s the title of the movie!) and later lived his life in peace thanks for to a radical conversion to Christianity. All this shows up in the movie. Why then doesn’t Unbroken blow me away? Continue reading