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“Tolkien” Movie Review

When I first learned that there was going to be a biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien, I was excited but also extremely apprehensive. Tolkien was a man who might not be easily grasped by today’s culture: a devout Catholic, a loving and faithful husband and father, a survivor of the Somme in World War I, and someone who loved language so much that he invented several of his own, just for fun. Tolkien is criticized for a lack of female characters…

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What I Read: April 2019

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Shakespeare Love

So, I am definitely someone who loves traditions. I love familiarity and I enjoy having different things to look forward to throughout the year. You might recall my Hobbit-fest tradition. In my book, An Adult-ish Toolkit, I have an entire chapter about the importance of celebrating birthdays. And I put a lot of thought into the planning of holidays and other milestone events. One of my favorite traditions that I have adopted in the last few years is the declaration…

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What I Read: March 2019

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Narnia Thoughts

C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series was a hallmark of my youth and, subsequently, is a lens through which I tend to view the world. I’m sure that the books were read to me, but I primarily remember watching the old BBC mini-series, which we would borrow from the local library on a pretty regular basis. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader are some of the most prominent stories that I remember…

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Breaking up with Social Media: The Aftermath

It’s been about two and a half months since I deleted my Instagram and Snapchat accounts, and I’m coming up on a year since I permanently deleted Facebook. For those who are curious, here are some of my observations from the post-social media world. First, I will admit that it was very hard to let go. I still miss being able to share pictures easily with all of my friends, and I miss seeing the pictures that others share (especially…

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What I Read: February 2019

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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What Obsesses You?

“Until desire becomes obsession, you will never accomplish big things.” I don’t remember where I first came across this saying (it was probably Pinterest), but I’ve had it written down and pinned to the bulletin board over my desk for a few years now, and it continues to resonate. I’ve desired a lot of things over the years: to lose weight, to be more athletic, to bring in more money, to date more, to keep my bedroom clean for more…

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What I Read: January 2019

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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G.K. Chesterton, Father Brown, and Evangelizing the Culture

At one of the local parishes, I help to lead a series called “Evangelizing the Culture”. We meet once a month and different people lead discussions on various books, movies, TV shows, or other forms of media from our modern culture and we look at how we can find messages relating to our faith even in seemingly secular work. I’ve led discussions ranging from the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Disney movie Moana, Homer Simpson, and John Green’s The Fault…

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