Monthly Archives: December 2013

Remembering Newtown, Boston, & Brandermill: Can We Change? (A Mustard Seed Musing)

Why is it that it takes tragedy to get our attention? Why can’t we change until we lose something? Why do we think it’s always going to happen to someone else until it happens to us? A year ago today, … Continue reading

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The Day Christmas Died (A Mustard Seed Musing)

It seems like the end came long before we realized it. That Christmas actually died years before we knew it, like they say that a star burns out but we don’t know if for years. It’s a funny thing, stars. … Continue reading

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Mary Poppins: The Power Of Laughter (Movie Review)

It’s been years since I’ve seen Mary Poppins, and my expectations were low, as many of my childhood favorites don’t stand up to the test of time (see: Tarzan, the Legend of Greystoke). But Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke provide … Continue reading

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My Secondhand Story (A Mustard Seed Musing)

This isn’t my experience, but that of a friend, and with permission, I share it here with you. My friend was born poor. His father had a job as a handyman, getting by but never really thriving. When his mother … Continue reading

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Frozen: “It’s Easier To Melt A Frozen Head” (Movie Review)

Frozen is easily my favorite Disney animated movie of the last few years (Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Planes, etc.) It’s also one of the best movies of any kind that I’ve seen this year. Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, the … Continue reading

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Out Of The Furnace: Vengeance, What Cost? (Movie Review)

I was hooked from the moment I saw the preview: Christian Bale’s Russell Baze goes searching for his little brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) and finds himself up against Woody Harrelson’s mountain man Curtis DeGroat. Produced by Ridley Scott and directed … Continue reading

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Homefront: Who Watches Our Violence? (Movie Review)

Don’t believe what you’ve heard (Rotten Tomatoes, anyone?) This is the best Jason Statham flick since The Transporter. After several disappointing spins as The Mechanic and various incarnations of Crank, Statham had semi-Statham-like performances in Killer Elite and Redemption/Hummingbird. But now, strange as it is to see … Continue reading

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