Monday, June 11, 2012
Last night while David was gone and Lolly was sleeping Judah and I were reading in bed when we heard stuff being thrown around in the kitchen really loudly. Instead of calling the police I called David in the studio (miracle that he answered) and told him that robbers were ransacking our house and could he please come home and scare them away. Judah and I huddled together hoping that the serial killers wouldn’t think to look for us (“I hope the doorknob doesn’t turn”) when David finally came home and found the eggs I’d left boiling on the stove had exploded all over the kitchen. The house smells really great now and I feel really smart. I should be on “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Focus on the Family reviews movies for any and all offensive content and it’s the most hilarious thing ever. Here’s my favorite this week.
The Stuff Christian Culture Likes Plugged In Movie Review of the Week™ is…“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!” Highlights include:
Spiritual content: “The Lorax might be taken as some sort of divine messenger.”
Sexual content: “Animated characters wear bikinis. Ted dreams of kissing Audrey—but never quite pulls it off.”
Violent content: “Truffula trees suffer the worst abuse in “The Lorax” but the film’s assortment of fauna don’t get off scot-free, either.” “The head of a statue gets sliced off.” “A donkey occasionally kicks people. Other animals make threatening moves toward the Once-ler before they’re distracted by…marshmallows.”
Crude or profane language: “There’s an unfinished “what the …?” and a use or two each of “gosh” and “darn.” Name-calling includes “weirdo,” “idiot,” “loser,” “dirt bag,” “beanpole,” “furry meatloaf” and ”crazy baby man.”
Drug and alcohol content: “None, though commercials for Mr. O’Hare’s bottled air mimic (and mock) the over-the-top glamour we sometimes see in real-world ads for beer.”
Other negative elements: “Once-ler breaks a promise to the Lorax and the rest of his woodland friends. A bird lays an egg in one of Once-ler’s bowls (grossing him out). The Lorax brushes his teeth with Once-ler’s toothbrush. We witness incredibly poor eating habits.”
Conclusion: “The Lorax has already generated a bit of controversy, with Fox Business commentator Lou Dobbs taking it to task for trying to “indoctrinate our children”…with an unmistakable (and at times even heavy-handed) environmental message.” “For families really in need of those 94 minutes of distraction—and aren’t put off by the environmental preachiness—The Lorax is a solid choice.”
Monday, June 4, 2012
I've been preoccupied with St. Francis of Assisi lately and am reading Richard Rohr's stuff about him. Read this this morning on the way to work and it quite cheesily took my breath away.
Dying is not extraneous to life; it is part of the mystery. And you do not understand life until you stand under death. Yet both sides of the mystery must be experienced and trusted. The Eastern religions speak of the yin and yang of things; nature religions simply speak of darkness and light; the Jewish people speak of slavery and deliverance; we Christians speak of death and resurrection. But we are all pointing to God’s universal pattern of trust and transformation. This is rightly spoken of as being “reborn,” but has less to do with an emotional Church experience than a realigning life experience.
Yes, God is dying in all things, but God is risen in all things too. And both at the same time! There is suffering in all things, as the Buddhists so honestly say. There’s ecstasy in all things, as the Sufis so honestly say. There are both wild beasts and angels in the wilderness of human life, as the Gospels say. People who see “the better angels of our nature” (Abraham Lincoln) while not avoiding “the essentially tragic nature of human existence” (Miguel de Unamuno) are always the seers, the mystics, the prophets, the Great Souls, the fuel that keeps history advancing. —Richard Rohr, Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety