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I Haven’t Kept All My Resolutions Either
  So February comes trudging in sooner than we expected. You history buffs may already know that the ancient Roman calendar started in March, not January – so February was the end of the year to them. The name comes from februum for “purification” because this is when they traditionally got rid of the old…
Quick Takes on the Big Game Commercials
It's reported that NBC has received over $500 million in advertising revenue for this year's Super Bowl. It's such a big event, companies pull out all the stops for this one night -- and some people admit to watching the game as much for the advertisements as for the football! Our son Caleb took a…
Movie Review –The Post
Everyone thought newspaper heiress Katherine Graham was in over her head in serving as the publisher of The Washington Post, but then she had to face a decision that would rock even the most experienced newspaperman. It was 1971 and Americans were growing weary with the war in Vietnam. The first military advisors were sent…
Movie Review: 12 Strong
“Nineteen men attacked our country. The twelve of you are the first to fight back.” 12 Strong is the story of the Army Special Forces team which dropped into northern Afghanistan 39 days after 9/11, our first military response to bin Ladin's terrorist network. Their mission was to link up with an Afghan commander named General…
The Well-Read List
One of our sons has severe dyslexia and didn't read well until he was eleven. Once he got to high school, he realized he'd missed reading a lot of the books his brothers had read. He asked his adult brothers to make a list of the books they thought someone ought to read to be truly…
Movie Review: Darkest Hour
At the conclusion of the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill said of the courageous British pilots, “This was their finest hour.” This new biographical film portrays a much darker hour, when Europe was collapsing under Nazi domination, England faced the loss of its army with invasion to follow, and King George was forced to hand…
Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express
The Simplon-Orient Express is one of the grand trains of Europe, running from Istanbul to Paris in sumptuous luxury. Remarkably, detective Hercule Poirot finds himself on this fabulous train on a return from a case in the Middle East. More remarkably, when the train is stranded by an avalanche in the Yugoslav mountains, an American…
Movie Review: The Greatest Showman
Finding Respect In The Center Ring - The Greatest Showman Guest Post by John Calvin Young   “Ladies and Gents, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for,” opens The Greatest Showman, a period musical piece about P.T. Barnum and the origins of his eponymous circus. Take a good breath, because this fast-paced musical spectacular…