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Movie Review: Apollo 11
I’m a fan of historical films (see my reviews of They Shall Not Grow Old and Darkest Hour). I had read some sharp criticism of last year’s dramatization First Man and didn’t see it, but Melanie and I had a recent “date afternoon” and watched the purely documentary Apollo 11 at a local IMAX theater.…
Review: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
With its prequels having resolved their own struggles, and the Netflix show adding little to the world, the series finale How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World seemed to offer little more than one last visit to the picturesque village of Berk and its fantastical, improbable menagerie of dragons. But all is not well…
What To Watch For During The Big Game
It's that time again, our annual preview of commercials rolling out for "the Superb Owl" as someone cleverly said. You know what we mean, the football championship with the jealously trademarked name. Right, that one. Bloomberg reports that a thirty-second commercial for Sunday's game has been selling for $5.1 to $5.3 million this year. Though analysts say…
The Great War brought to startling life
Peter Jackson's World War I documentary is an incredible achievement   They Shall Not Grow Old - Reviewed by Hal Young I like historical films, or films which have a historical context. I grew up watching World War II movies with my dad, the way others went to all the Westerns or reveled in the…
Gestational Diabetes
Many years ago, I posted this on my first blog. I find myself still linking to it again and again, so I thought it was high time to move it over here. Gestational diabetes continues to be a big problem among the young moms I know, even though some people don't think gestational diabetes is…
Join Us for the Homeschool Parenting Summit!
This fall, we're going to be featured speakers for the Homeschool Parenting Summit, a free event hosted online this October 22-27. Our interview, "No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope," will be broadcast Wednesday October 24 at 12:00 noon Central. We're talking about ... Understanding what is going on during the pre-teen to…
iGen: Understanding the Next Generation
Jean Twenge, iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood* (*and What That Means for the Rest of Us) (New York: Atria Books, 2017) Review by Hal Young Cultural changes tend to be gradual, incremental things, says Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology who studies generational…
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video
Despite some early reviews, I was pretty excited to check out the new Amazon Prime Original series, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. You see, I love Tom Clancy. Clancy is one of those authors that stands at the very top of an entire genre. A former insurance agent, his first novel, The Hunt for Red October, was unexpectedly picked…