Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Relive the original STAR WARS trilogy in its unaltered theatrical version, or experience it for the first time! We'll be combining the galaxy far, far away with Mexican food in a mashup of "Star Wars Day" and Cinco de Mayo. All ages are welcome, but parents please be responsible for your children and ensure that they'll not distract unreasonably from the "theater" experience we're trying to replicate. RSVP HERE!
Monday, April 7, 2014
Hi everyone! I'm thrilled to announce my relationship seminar, "Fight Less, Connect More- Building Happier Relationships." Details are below. Hope to see you there! You can register here.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
REVIEW (GRADE: A-)
As much a political espionage thriller as it is a superhero film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds the hero's idealistic, WWII-era patriotism challenged in the modern world by the discovery of corruption in high places. The film rather shrewdly uses the comic book genre to examine the real-world dilemmas of sacrificing freedom in our quest for security. If that sounds too heavy, not to worry, this is first and foremost an action-packed adventure with fistfights, chases, and explosions bolstered by a winning sense of humor.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
NOAH REVIEW (GRADE: D+)
Noah is not at all the straightforward biblical epic that its trailers would suggest. Instead, audiences get a daring, if unsuccessful, artistic reinvention of the story. Gone is a loving God who gives clear and direct revelation in order to save the human race; in His place is a distant, petty, and silent Creator. Gone is a prophet who offers animal sacrifices and preaches repentance in a desperate attempt to save humanity; in his place is a man who wouldn't hurt a fly but considers killing babies out of a belief that the human race doesn't deserve to continue. At almost every turn, this film takes whatever the Bible story says and does the opposite.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
For the past two years it has been my pleasure to teach "How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk(ette)," a singles' class offered free to the community through Utah State University's Washington county extension office. The class, developed by Dr. John Van Epp (based on his book by the same name) offers research-based tools for singles to avoid abusive, controlling, and manipulative relationships. As indicated by its other name, "How to Pick a Partner," the course also has invaluable information on building lasting healthy relationships.
Friday, March 21, 2014
DIVERGENT REVIEW (GRADE: B+)
The premise: A futuristic society controls the peace by grouping people into castes based on personality type and eradicating "divergents" (individuals who are unpredictable and thus not easily controlled).
"The book was so much better" sighed the woman next to me, expressing her disappointment to her husband, even as a theater-full of fans erupted in applause at the end of Divergent. Having not read the book series myself I've no authority to say how the film stacks up to the novel, but as a moviegoer I was pleasantly surprised at how engrossed I became in this fast-paced and thought-provoking tale. If not quite the next Hunger Games, it's still leagues better than The Mortal Instruments or the Twilight films.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
For the record, dishonesty, manipulation, and blame-shifting aren’t exclusively male problems. We all know women and girls who do the same. Also, there are many honest guys out there who take ownership of their mistakes. Nevertheless, a frequent complaint by my female clients is that their boyfriends and husbands often lie to “get out of trouble.” These men avoid responsibility for their actions by justifying, minimizing, and pointing fingers at others. Mothers and fathers often observe similar behavior in their sons. The good news is that you can help the men and boys in your life to be honest and accountable by creating an environment where shame is eliminated, imperfection is accepted, and improvement is promoted not by control, but by gentleness and love.