The Easy Way Out (part 2 of The True Face of Evil)

Human beings love to take the easy way out. Sad but true.  And biology has at least a little to do with it.  It’s a side effect of the autonomous system in our body that protects us from harm.  Think flight or fight responses.  Our bodies are hard-wired to favor efficiency over conscious thought.[1]  And while that might help us make quick decisions that can … Continue reading The Easy Way Out (part 2 of The True Face of Evil)

The Devil Made Me Do It (part 1 of The True Face of Evil)

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is … Continue reading The Devil Made Me Do It (part 1 of The True Face of Evil)

As You Wish (part 3 of The Princess Bride series)

As you wish. That’s all Westley would ever say.  But it meant so much more.  In the film, The Princess Bride, Westley starts out as a farm boy working for Buttercup’s family and those three words were all he ever said to Buttercup.  “As you wish.”  She would ask him to do the most menial tasks like cleaning the stable or polishing her saddle or … Continue reading As You Wish (part 3 of The Princess Bride series)

Sulu: Master of Navigation

Space…the final frontier. “These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.  It’s five-year mission, to explore strange new worlds.  To seek out new life and new civilizations.  To boldly go where no man has gone before!” Those words graced my television screen a lot growing up as a child.  My mom was a big fan of Star Trek and I would watch it with her … Continue reading Sulu: Master of Navigation

Life IS Pain! Anyone Who Says Differently Is Selling Something (part 2 of The Princess Bride series)

“Life IS Pain! …Anyone who says differently is selling something.” That is the Dread Pirate Roberts’ famous line from The Princess Bride and one that has always stuck in my brain.  I guess because I hope it’s not true, but realize deep down that it is.  Pain is a part of life.  That doesn’t mean life isn’t good overall.  I feel very fortunate to have … Continue reading Life IS Pain! Anyone Who Says Differently Is Selling Something (part 2 of The Princess Bride series)

Inconceivable! (part 1 of The Princess Bride series)

The greatest movie ever. Not Star Wars. Not The Avengers. Not Snow White. The Princess Bride. No finer movie has ever been made.  When it came out, it was ranked… #41, right above Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.  Even by 1987 standards, it would not have been considered a success but it’s my favorite movie ever made and has since become a … Continue reading Inconceivable! (part 1 of The Princess Bride series)