You’d never guess it from the yuk-a-minute CBS promos, but Mom, the Anna Faris/Allison Janney sitcom that begins its second season Monday, is a show about alcoholism. No, it’s not about characters who drink constantly and hilariously (that would be Cougar Town). On Mom, single mother Christy Plunkett and her mother Bonnie never touch the stuff. But each week, everything they do is framed against the background of their drunken pasts, and their weary, grudging attempts to make the future better.… [more]
We live in a beautiful world, one we long to explore so that we might revel in its wonders. Unfortunately, our world is subject to frustration. While the heavens declare the glory of God and the sky proclaims His handiwork, both are difficult to see given the brokenness in our… [more]
“If it was up to me, I wouldn’t cook,” confides one of the women interviewed in a recent university study, which argued that an increasingly idealized vision of home-cooked meals overburdens poor and working mothers. For 23 years I’ve been responsible for the family meal, and while I haven’t faced… [more]
When he was 6, my cousin, Timothy Isaiah Holmes, had a question. At The Learning Center for the Deaf in Massachusetts, Tim's teacher handed out pieces of blank paper and told the students to draw a picture representing their question. Tim eventually had pages and pages of a man on… [more]
This morning I woke up to the result of the most important vote in the history of my country. The people of Scotland, given the option of staying in the United Kingdom or going it alone, chose to stay. In the end, 55% voted against Scottish independence and 45% voted… [more]
My social media were abuzz when it was announced that the entire run of Gilmore Girls will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning Oct. 1. Fans of the show loved its rapid-fire dialogue and heartwarming relationships; I’ll also confess to enjoying the debates over which boyfriends were the best/worst… [more]
It turns out money can make you happy - if you spend it on the right things. Recent consumer research has shown that people feel happier spending their money on experiences rather than on material objects. This intuitively makes sense. If I think back on my most memorable purchases this… [more]
There has been much interest in a recent New York Times Magazine piece by A.O. Scott tracing the demise of American adulthood through the lens of popular culture. Citing the likes of Mad Men, young-adult fiction and comic-book movies, Scott observes that we have “witnessed the erosion of traditional adulthood… [more]
What was that little red “O” doing behind Adrian Peterson’s name on the Web page for my fantasy football team? “Out.” What was this? There had been no hint of an injury leading up to the weekend’s slate of NFL games. What was going on with “my” best player? As… [more]
This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Links to our other… [more]
“Why would someone immortal want to live? Where would his or her drive come from?” These are the questions Marcelo Gleiser asked in his recent NPR post, “Soft Immortality: Would You Do It?” Gleiser ponders if immortality would be a curse - a meaningless, boring existence. Without being bound to… [more]
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Jonathan Downie 1: Taking the time to do home cooking ... is almost an act of rebellion. It says that family is far more important than all the stuff we are supposed to be chasing.
Daniel Melvill Jones: As I watched this film I was personally convicted in the ways that I have disobeyed certain commandments in my haste to obey others.
sampeckham: I love U2, I admire Apple and was simply quite joyful they both wanted to let me own the album for free.
bloveland: We are a country of voyeurs and I think the reasons that we revel in celebrity shame are more about our own competitive nature than we would like to admit.
JKana: Today there's much more of a "go if you want, but no one cares if you don't" attitude about religion. It used to be that people talked about the ones who never went to church. Now people talk about the ones who do.
Stubble: "Slipping from fellowship" could be wrong and unhealthy, but merely "slipping from leadership" could be wholly appropriate.