Not long ago, I went to a talk at MIT where one of the presenters, a computer science professor, offered an amusing anecdote about his 2-year-old daughter, who had begun talking more and more. He was surprised, he said, when after the conventional "Mommy" and "Daddy" and "Yes" and "No" that were his daughter's very first words, the next articulate thought that came out of her mouth was, "Skip ad!"
Art & Media
Art: "Dante seemed like more of a framework or a jumping-off point for visual discussions of the afterlife than anything else."
Review: The film brings old tragedies from a half a world away to our consciousness. Fear is still being maintained by a powerful few over their victims.
Review: "Tomorrowland" makes a strong statement about setting aside politics and big profit corporations because of their failure to care for the earth.
Few experience the theater in such a drastically transformative way as Carol de Giere did when she discovered "Godspell."
Young Voices: Summer vegging does not have to be mindless, soulless exercise. Here are five movies that make worthwhile contributions to the spiritual life.
"1913: Seeds of Conflict"
9 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, June 30 (Check local listings)
The comprehensive and compact docudrama "1913: Seeds of Conflict" reveals little-known facts that conflated to become what writer/director Ben Loeterman proposes as the root causes for today's ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
"Before technology, we were called to be communicators of good news. ... The church should be rooted in this inheritance."
Review: "Force Majeure" offers plenty of conversation points on marriage and family.
Review: The message of "Batkid Begins" is, to me, "Cynics of the world? You lost."