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Lessons Learned from Pam Beesly Halpert

Lessons Learned from Pam Beesly Halpert

May 20, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that the point?” – Pam Beesly Halpert That was the final line from the final episode of The Office. It was also the line that had me up late at night, once again reading about the guy who wrote Our Town. I’ve […]

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The Old Man on the Mountain

The Old Man on the Mountain

May 1, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Editors Note: Pictured below is The Old Man on (or “of”) the Mountain, shortly before kablooing into thousands of tiny pieces as his very existence crumbled, trickled, and tumbled into the deep void that resides in our hearts. This post commemorates the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the untimely explosion of […]

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The Life of Brennan Manning

The Life of Brennan Manning

April 14, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

His consistent banging on the drums of God’s unconditional love sounded at a time when many of us had about ‘had it up to here’ with religion and church and, probably most importantly, ourselves. We were the tired, poor, self-hating huddled masses yearning to be free, and along came a […]

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These Hips Don’t Lie

These Hips Don’t Lie

April 1, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

I’m back in the US after spending a week in Colombia. This is another journal of my trip. Here was the first in case you missed it. The combination of winding roads, high elevation and Mario Andretti wannabe drivers made me super nauseous every time we got in a cab. Incidentally, if […]

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Aladdin

Aladdin

March 28, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

We’ve come to the sixth member in our Princess Diary series. Aladdin came out in 1992 – three years after The Little Mermaid and one year after Beauty and the Beast. Let’s take a ride on that magic carpet.  1:30 – This movie opens with a sinister looking man singing […]

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Life on Another Planet

Life on Another Planet

March 26, 2013 | By | 7 Comments

I learn firsthand something I’ve suspected for a long time. There are, indeed, people who live outside of the United States of America. The life is different. So different, I feel as though I might as well be on another planet. In this case, that planet’s name is “Colombia”. I […]

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I Love Cyndi Lauper

I Love Cyndi Lauper

March 8, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

I love Cyndi Lauper. (It feels so good typing that, I’m going to type it again.) I LOVE CYNDI LAUPER! (Oh yes! The freedom in professing my love! I know girls just want to have fun, but I’m coming right out with my feelings, Cyndi. You know where I stand. […]

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An outsiders view on Jennifer Lawrence

An outsiders view on Jennifer Lawrence

February 26, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

I don’t know much about Jennifer Lawrence. I know even less about Kristen Stewart. But their names seem to be popping up everywhere lately. From what I can tell, everyone seems to adore the former and not care as much about the latter. I wonder: is it possible for Lawrence […]

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Loving Your Enemies

Loving Your Enemies

February 1, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

The love for equals is a human thing–of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing–the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, […]

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

November 18, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Beauty and the Beast came out in 1991 – two years after The Little Mermaid. Here is the backstory for those unfamiliar: Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle.  Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, […]

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