Nine Days: Making a Case for Life in the Tension Filled Spaces of the Living

Wow. The 2021 film Nine Days, by first time Director Edson Oda, came out of nowhere. Caught me off guard as I knew next to nothing about it except that it was recommended viewing. And for good reason. It’s a high concept film filled with existential concerns about life and suffering. Following a lone arbitorContinue reading “Nine Days: Making a Case for Life in the Tension Filled Spaces of the Living”

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

Blind Spots From The Vault Deceptively simple as the sum of its working parts, Waiting For the Prosecution (1957) is arguably one of the best courtroom dramas of all time. Director Billy Wilder infuses it with a mix of humor, emotion, realism, drama, and character development in order to tell the sory of an agingContinue reading “Month in Review: Memorable Reads, Listens, and Watches for October, 2021”

Thanksgiving: Between the Drought and the Harvest

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. The season that prepares us for a world in which darkness (All Hallows Eve) and light (Christmas) coexist as part of that necessary tension that awakens us to something truer, more beautiful. This is what Thanksgiving expresses, sitting somewhere between the drought and the harvest and encompassing the sin andContinue reading “Thanksgiving: Between the Drought and the Harvest”

Midnight Mass: Where Faith Meets Doubt

It’s been nearly a week since I finished the new series by Mike Flanagan, Midnight Mass, and it would be an understatement to suggest many thoughts and feelings after watching this show remain. To its credit I suppose, except that those feelings come with a good deal of tension and frustration. I don’t think I’veContinue reading “Midnight Mass: Where Faith Meets Doubt”

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

Film Birdman of Alcatraz (1962, Directed by John Frankenheimer) You might not expect a story about a man and his birds to be this powerful, this astute in its observations on life, hope and redemption, or this aware of both nature and humanity. And yet here we are, finding our way into this particular man’sContinue reading “Month in Review: Memorable Reads, Watches and Listens for September, 2021”

The Happiness Equation and This Hallelujah Banquet- What Does it Mean to Be Happy

I had a slightly disorienting experience this week with one of my current reads (Eugene Peterson’s final book, This Hallelujah Banquet, and a recent podcast episode from Bookmark: Ologies (episode 97) and featuring an interview with Neil Pasricha, the author of The Book of Awesome/The Happiness Equation and the 1000 Awesome Things blog. The episode,Continue reading “The Happiness Equation and This Hallelujah Banquet- What Does it Mean to Be Happy”