If the Shoe Fits: Review of “Cinderella”

That is one dark, foreboding sky.

That is one dark, foreboding sky.

Rated PG, 105 minutes (watched 3/14/15)

While standing in line to see Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella (and there was a line), a woman corralled by the velvet ropes took her place behind us, kids in tow. She was holding a large pizza. Continue reading


Testimony Envy: Don’t be Ashamed of Your Story


I’m a sucker for dramatic stories; maybe it’s the journalist in me. We all know the nightly news thrives on the “if it bleeds it leads” mentality, and it’s the dramatic stories that grab headlines and stick in our minds. But even in Christian circles (including Christian journalism) we’re often drawn to the testimony of someone who made that sensational 180-degree turn toward Jesus. Continue reading

A Sincere Form of Flattery: Review of “The Imitation Game”

Hey look! It's Smaug!

Hey look! It’s Smaug!

Rated PG-13, 114 minutes (watched 2/16/15)

The Imitation Game has a lot going for it. It has a great cast, an engaging backstory, and a new twist on a genre I thought had been mined just about as much as possible: World War II. It’s good, it’s true, it’s different, and I enjoyed it. I’m just not sure it knows what it is.  Continue reading

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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