Tolkien’s Cellar Door

Tolkien’s Cellar Door

At the beginning of May I saw Disney/Fox Searchlight’s new film Tolkien. Unlike the fictional literary works produced by the film’s titular character, this movie is not an epic adventure of good versus evil, but rather a depiction of Tolkien’s youth through his time...
The Human Thing to Do

The Human Thing to Do

In Warrior of Light, there is a scene where Quentiin, a slave, is captured after attempting to escape. In order to punish Quentiin, his captors (the malichons) select two other slaves at random, and they tell Quentiin they are going to kill one of the two slaves. They...
The Catharsis of Hallmark Christmas

The Catharsis of Hallmark Christmas

I spent Thanksgiving week at my parents’ house in southern Alabama. I grew up in the snow-covered woods of northern Minnesota, but my folks have since decided to spend the winters of their retirement years among the magnolia trees and along the shores of a more...
A Tale of Two Lukes

A Tale of Two Lukes

Last December, I lined up with dozens of other eager fans to view Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the local theater in Bismarck, ND. It was the weekend before Christmas, the weather was cold, and snow lay heavy on the ground. I was ready, though, to see where director...

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