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Rape, Race and Rebellion: Nate Parker and the movie, Birth of a Nation

By on Sep 8, 2016 in Non-Fiction, Uncategorized, Viewpoints, Writing | 2 comments

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to the scandal and drama that was triggered by Nate Parker’s new movie, here is a brief recap. Nate Parker along with his friend and co-writer, Jean Celestin, wrote, directed, acted in, and produced a film about Nat Turner and his rebellion in Southhampton County, Virginia during August of 1831. His movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to standing ovations, was purchased by Fox Searchlight for a record $17.5 million and is....   [Read...

Rafael Guastavino and The Basilica of Saint Lawrence

By on May 13, 2016 in Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Viewpoints, Writing | 2 comments

An article on Rafael Guastavino, his life and his work and one building close to my heart, The Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Asheville, NC.

Catholicism and Me

By on Mar 12, 2016 in Creative Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Writing | 2 comments

I'm Catholic. I'm a Catholic in my heart, in my morality and in my soul. I didn't practice Catholicism for a long time — it may well have been forty years. If someone asked me my religion during that time, I said, "I'm a recovering Catholic." Get...

Flannery O’Connor, A Short Story Review

By on Jan 28, 2016 in Non-Fiction, Reviews, Short Story Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing | 1 comment

O'Connor's metaphors and character descriptions are so vivid they jar the mind. Her writing is energetic and barbed with such naked honesty it initially struck me as rude or written by a rube but nothing could be further from the...

Fixing The Rape Kit Backlog

By on Nov 6, 2015 in Creative Non-Fiction, Viewpoints | 3 comments

Hundreds of thousands of rape kits lay moldering away on storage shelves, prey to dust mites and mushrooming mould. But times are changing.

Svetlana Alexievich, Chernobyl and the Nobel Prize

By on Oct 24, 2015 in Book Reviews, Creative Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 5 comments

Svetlana Alexievich Svetlana Alexievich wrote Voices from Chernobyl: A History of a Nuclear Disaster, a compilation of the stories of many people tied together by one uncomfortable fact; they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were there when the Chernobyl plant...

Draupadi and the Mahabharata

By on Aug 25, 2015 in Creative Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Viewpoints | 0 comments

The Indian epic, the Mahabharata, is a tale of love, of hate, of two clans who vie for a kingdom, of a dice game where a kingdom is lost . . . and of a war to the death fought to gain back that kingdom.

Racism, Life Lessons and Memorable Movies

By on Jul 15, 2015 in Creative Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Viewpoints, Writing | 5 comments

There are more than one set of values and morals available to me in life. How do I choose the right one? And where did those values and morals come from. How do I decide which path to take.

The Clouds of Sils Maria

By on May 27, 2015 in Movie Reviews, Reviews, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Clouds of Sils Maria The movie, Clouds of Sils Maria, is cerebral and some reviewers call it pretentious. When I've told people it's a great  movie they want to know what it's about and I respond, "It's about an middle-aged woman who questions her relevance as an older actress," and they look bored. "Oh no," I say, it's exciting....

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