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The Way is Still Straight

Someone I’ll call Benny told me this story. Benny volunteers at a recreation center for inner city kids twice a week. Each afternoon, they drive through the neighborhood picking up kids and taking them to the rec center. Each evening, they play games, eat, and tell stories. The volunteers try to show the love of […]

Ashes and Tombs

Mohammed’s remains are in a mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The remains of Buddha were cremated and placed in several different monuments, some of which survive to this day. Abraham’s remains lie in a cave in Hebron in the Judean hills.  What is left of Confucius is in a large cemetery in Qufu, Shandong Province, […]

Navigating the ‘Sea of Monsters’

They may be demigods, but they’re far from invincible. In the film adaptation of the second book in Rick Riordan’s bestselling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson set off to the Sea of Monsters, better known as the Bermuda Triangle, in order to find and retrieve the Golden Fleece which […]

Pacific Rim: Together is Better

To the delight of fanboys (and girls) and anyone who has an affinity for gigantic things that smash other equally gigantic things, Guillermo del Toro’s epic action film Pacific Rim premiered in theaters (in the U.S.) today. (Watch the trailer here.) In the film, the year is 2020 and the denizens of earth are several years […]

Reminder: This is War

When Muhammad Ali was getting ready to fight Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight championship in 1964, he summarized his strategy for winning the match by saying, “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.” The idea he was getting at is that he would move so fast in the ring that Liston wouldn’t […]