A Rough Draft of a Forgotten Story: Recovering the Pages of My Teenage Years

During some recent attempts at house cleaning, I uncovered some old pieces of writing from years ago. Some of them are from when I was very young. One of them was a piece I wrote when I was 15. It’s not something I have ever shared. I wrote it, filed it away, and never returnedContinue reading “A Rough Draft of a Forgotten Story: Recovering the Pages of My Teenage Years”

Month in Review: Memorable Reads, Watches and Listens for August, 2021

Film Pig (Directed by Michael Sarnoski, 2021) A briliant subversion of revenge film tropes forms the foundation for this studied character drama lead by Cage in what I would argue is a career performance. If you ever find yourself wondering how it is Cage became so iconic, this will function as definitive proof that itContinue reading “Month in Review: Memorable Reads, Watches and Listens for August, 2021”

The Conjuring, The Devil and the Curious Question of Peronhood and Existence: Parsing Out the Problem of Human and Divine Justice

As a considered fan of the Conjuring universe, it is too bad this third entry has been getting such a bad rep as it is actually a pretty strong entry in what is, I would argue, a really strong franchise. It isn’t quite as technically strong as it’s predecessors, but that shouldn’t take away fromContinue reading “The Conjuring, The Devil and the Curious Question of Peronhood and Existence: Parsing Out the Problem of Human and Divine Justice”

The Night House and the Power of Nothingness- Learning How to Live with Depression and Anxiety By Telling Our Stories

I counted 5 walk outs in my viewing of David Bruckner’s The Night House. Of course I have no way of knowing why they walked out, but afterwards it was fun to speculate with my viewing partner as to why. Not the film they expected? Too slow? Frustrated with the ambiguity of the working metaphorContinue reading “The Night House and the Power of Nothingness- Learning How to Live with Depression and Anxiety By Telling Our Stories”

Ukrainian Independence: 10 Films or Books to Consider for the 30th Anniversary

Still one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Arriving in Ukraine for our adoption, unaware that it was their Independance Day and walking out of our apartment in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti to this. As someone who lives in the heartland of Canadian Ukrainian immigration, which stems largely from here in Winnipeg down theContinue reading “Ukrainian Independence: 10 Films or Books to Consider for the 30th Anniversary”

Being You, Peronhood and the Mystery of Consciousness

Anil Seth, professor of cognitive and computational neuroscience and author of the book Being You is at the forefront of seemingly surging interest in the subject of consciousness, with a barrage of books, articles, blogs, emerging studies, advances, ect making headlines in the last number of years. There is likely a number of reasons forContinue reading “Being You, Peronhood and the Mystery of Consciousness”

The Green Knight: Empire, Vice, Virtue and Unmasking the Human Journey

A new film by one of the best Director’s working today is always something to celebrate. David Lowry’s body of work might be relatively small (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story), but it is also exceptionally strong, includiing his latest and much anticipated The Green Knight, an adaptation of a lesser knownContinue reading “The Green Knight: Empire, Vice, Virtue and Unmasking the Human Journey”

Month in Review: Memorable Reads, Watches and Listens For July 2021

Movies No Sudden Move (Directed by Steve Soderbergh) 2021 has given me a new favorite Soderbergh film. It’s not simply that this fits straight in his wheelhouse, a celebration of his particular sensibilities and strengths, it’s that he’s also stretching himself at the same time as he explores the mystery-thiller dynamics. The story structure isContinue reading “Month in Review: Memorable Reads, Watches and Listens For July 2021”

Movie Theaters, Transcendence, and Experiencing Black Widow: Navigating a Crisis of Meaning, Personhood and Free Will

Fun fact (for me). I have logged 1173 watches since last stepping foot in a theater. For context on the time frame, theaters officially closed here in October 2020 after a brief attempt at reopening following the first wave. With restrictions finally lifting yesterday (that would be Saturday) I was able to celebrate my returnContinue reading “Movie Theaters, Transcendence, and Experiencing Black Widow: Navigating a Crisis of Meaning, Personhood and Free Will”

Human Signficance in Theology and the Natural Sciences: A Dialogue

Who am I? Who are we? Why are we here? Why does it matter? These are questions as old as time. These are questions that also take new shape and gain new context and nuance as time moves forward, presenting us with new ways to explore shared concerns. The book Life’s Edge: The Search ForContinue reading “Human Signficance in Theology and the Natural Sciences: A Dialogue”