“The Wind and the Lion” (1975) Taught Me that Some Things are Worth Fighting For

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"The Wind and the Lion" is loosely (and I do mean loosely) based on an actual incident that took place in 1904. The real kidnapping victim was a man named Ion Perdicaris, but the movie turns the he into a she, and a minor footnote in history becomes … [Continue reading]

What Jackson Browne Gets Wrong (and Right) About Christians


As a songwriter, Jackson Browne can articulate the jumbled longings of the human condition better than anyone else. Sometimes his lyrics are immediately accessible, as in his brilliant indictment of modern consumerism “The Pretender.” Sometimes they … [Continue reading]

Christmas has Multiple Personality Disorder, which makes Everything OK

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My life-long relationship with Christmas has gone through several phases. As a child, of course, my affection was based on waking up on Christmas morning and finding a pile of gifts under the tree. Our family was relatively poor compared to most of … [Continue reading]