I’m taking a slight break from work craziness and back-to-school preparations to share with you the latest developments in local cinema. For those of you who don’t know, we have a very rich local filmmaking community here in central Illinois (I know you’re surprised!). These talented people give of their time every year to take […]
Random Acts, founded by actor Misha Collins of Supernatural, is a global nonprofit organization which encourages everyone, everywhere, to do random acts of kindness. They have raised enough money to support the construction of orphanages in Haiti, and are currently working on building a school in Nicaragua. Meanwhile, supporters all over the world donate their […]
If you’ve ever been around kids for an extended period of time, you’ve probably read them a story or two. Some are completely benign–almost saccharin-sweet–while others are…less so. But only in the realm of children’s books can kids (and perhaps their loving adults) face off against the big bad monsters and come out on top. […]
I found a lovely new animated poster today for Into the Woods. Sure, it’s kind of gimmicky, but….
I have been asking myself for a while now what it is about the term “white privilege” that causes such a visceral, negative reaction in me. This term—and others that are similar—get thrown at people like a slap in the face, in the hopes of getting them to wake up and shake themselves out of […]
Well, I finally did it. I watched one of the inevitable montages that followed in the wake of the untimely death of Robin Williams. I probably could have chosen a better one. But it was kind of accidental. I was watching a video of Billy Crystal’s tribute to the man at last night’s Emmy Awards. […]