The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

This weekend (it is ~1:48 pm on Sunday afternoon now) can be summed up as the good, the bad, and the beautiful.  Friday was the good: Livy’s birthday party went well.  Lots of friends (for her and us), lots of presents, cake, taco soup, and hot dogs.  Then I went with a good friend to see Spiderman 3.  S3, in my opinion, was quite different that the previous two.  I believe the movie people pulled it off, though; all in all a fairly explicit Christian message emerged as the overall theme and reinforced at the finale.  The special effects were dazzling, it had several funny moments (some perhaps over the top), but, overall, I give it a thumbs up.  I may see it again — haven’t fully decided that yet, though. The (more…)

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 7:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Familiar Voice

I’ve been pretty negative about the state of the world lately.   In fact, I found myself so distraught that I needed to speak with a familiar voice.  I decided to call a mentor from my days at Tennessee Tech; he’s not a faculty member there, although I suppose he could be, if there were a Christian Studies department.  My mentor, Paul, has a calm, reasoned way of looking at any issue that I have ever brought to his attention.  For example, after 9/11, I felt compelled to call him in order to get some perspective (particularly about Islam) in order to make sense of that situation.  I think that we all seek a source of some familiar comfort when we are troubled. 

Anyhow, I called Paul (and wife Barbara — a lovely person, I might add) to just visit and find out how they are doing.  (more…)

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 4:06 am  Leave a Comment