In Defense of The Phantom Menace

We Star Wars fans represent both the best and the worst in all the fandoms.  On the dark side, we have the misogynists, flunkies, and trolls who translate their "love" for the original trilogy into cruelty so strong that it has broken the hearts and affected the careers of Kelly Tran, Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen,... Continue Reading →

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Prologue – an Excerpt from Pop Culture Pilgrim (coming this fall)

The following is most of the Prologue from my new book coming out this fall. It's called Pop Culture Pilgrim: The Believer's Journey Through Movies, Music, Media, and More. This book is my opus, and it offers a fresh lens for looking at spiritual life through the stories that most thrill and inspire us.  I... Continue Reading →

We Are All Luke Skywalker

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... ...there was an aspiring young man named Luke. Luke didn't know it, but he lived a very sheltered existence. His family kept him close, his farm kept him fed, and a silent warrior in hiding kept him safe. Amidst this bounty of provision, unfortunately, Luke... Continue Reading →

Daredevil: a redemption story

At the risk of losing all of my fangirl street cred, I have to make an important confession: I did not hate the 2003 Daredevil movie.  The script was weak, granted, and it struggled with tone and motivation (Am I an action movie?  A thriller?  A romance?  Which one will make the most money?).  But... Continue Reading →

superpower of choice

Comic-Con International is coming up this week and I am irrationally, inordinately, ridiculously SUPER-pumped for it...especially for some one who's not even going. I don't know how it is that I've never been.  Comic-Con is a shining beacon of and for nerdom around the world. Teeming masses of fans, friends, artists, cosplay exhibitionists, geeks, gamers,... Continue Reading →

blue

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel…” -Charlie Brown I hate to admit this, but in the past, I have written off this bewildered confession as evidence of weak character on good old Charlie Brown’s part.  How... Continue Reading →

quail

The scene: A dark, too quiet night in the bowels of some remote location. The character:  A beautiful but foolish all-American young person. The plot: S/he has come to a remote location with a group of friends to let off steam and maybe even get lucky, when suddenly (but only after receiving numerous warnings from... Continue Reading →

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