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    #allthefeels: Trying to Control Emotions in a World of Chaos

    #allthefeels: Trying to Control Emotions in a World of Chaos

    NPR’s fascinating podcast Invisibilia is back for its third season, and all is right with the world. Now we can all geek out about the strange ways our minds and bodies work and have everything we thought we knew about ourselves turned on its head. The first episode is a heavy hitter, covering a few […]

    The Gospel According to Gandalf

    The Gospel According to Gandalf

    It’s no secret that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is full of Christian imagery, but upon diving into The Fellowship of the Ring, I soon realized that I had vastly underestimated the extent of said imagery. I was so taken aback and borderline giddy by the powerful, convicting metaphors I was reading that […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm One Hundred Three Verse Fourteen

    Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm One Hundred Three Verse Fourteen

    If you imagine God looking at you, what expression does he have on his face? This question was posed by a Bible study curriculum I did in college, and it has always stuck with me, convicting me of my inaccurate perception of my heavenly Father. If I’m honest with myself, my default answer would be […]

    The Gospel According to <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>

    The Gospel According to Beauty and the Beast

    Well, Disney, you did it again. You brought yet another animated classic to life with stunning costumes and incredible effects, transporting every audience member back to her childhood. I am referring, of course, to Beauty and the Beast. Although a more seasoned film critic might find fault with aspects of the movie—yes, parts are slightly […]

    <i>This Is Us</i>, Unfortunately

    This Is Us, Unfortunately

    Golden Globe-nominated This Is Us follows the lives of triplets Kate, Kevin, and Randall. Kate and Kevin were the two surviving babies of a triplet pregnancy, and their parents, Rebecca and Jack, were determined to bring home three babies. Enter Randall: a black baby who had been left at the fire station by his biological father […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: First Corinthians Fifteen Verses Fifty Six and Fifty Seven

    Hopelessly Devoted: First Corinthians Fifteen Verses Fifty Six and Fifty Seven

    At the end of Hamilton, Philip, Hamilton’s oldest son, is shot and killed in a duel. Hamilton and his wife, Eliza, attempt to put their lives back together, moving uptown, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. “It’s Quiet Uptown,” arguably the most haunting song of the entire musical, describes their pain as they […]

    A Love Letter from King George

    A Love Letter from King George

    I recently caved and jumped on the Hamilton bandwagon. The two-and-a-half-hour hip-hop soundtrack took me about four days to listen to all the way through, and, I must admit, I now understand and appreciate what the hype is about. Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and winner of eleven Tony Awards, tells the story of Founding […]

    Summer Camp: A Vacation from the Real World

    Summer Camp: A Vacation from the Real World

    Telling an anxious, Type-A person, like myself, not to take herself too seriously is nothing more than a practice in futility. Nevertheless, I have heard this message three times in various forms within the past week. Even in the slogan on the back of a Yellow Cab: “Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive […]