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    Netflix Horizon

    Here’s a brief heads up about some movies that are about to be released in the next few weeks, on Blu-Ray or DVD.  Hopefully we’ll see if we can do this on a regular basis. TODAY: 127 Hours is being shipped today by Netflix — with a stunning performance by Mockingbird favorite (Freaks and Geeks) […]

    Children At Play

    Slate posted a good article yesterday about children, learning, and the effect of the Law in early learning environments: i.e. an Authority Figure telling you what is right and true and interesting rather than you discovering that on your own. It’s a good piece and I really agree with everything it says. (Full disclosure: I spent […]

    The Joy of Lent

    A sweet meditation from Psalm 32 on the huge release that comes from admitting what we are — and why Ash Wednesday is the happiest of days. Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered.Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,and in whose spirit there is no deceit. While I […]

    Ideas or the Human Heart?

    From a BBC news flash yesterday: Pope Benedict has rejected the idea of collective Jewish guilt for Jesus Christ’s death, in a new book to be published next week. Tackling an issue that has led to centuries of persecution, the Pope argues there is no basis in scripture for the Jewish people to be blamed. […]

    The Sally Fowler Rat Pack (at 7-years old)

    NEW YORK CITY—This dance school image was part of a photo story about upper-class children taking dancing lessons and being taught social graces. The lesson pictured was conducted in the lobby of a ritzy Park Avenue building to the music of a live four-person band, part of the social set Lester Lanin Orchestra that used to play at many of the New York balls and social events (and perhaps still does), 1977.

    Taken from Slate’s always amazing MAGNUM photo gallery.

    Watch the Mockingbird favorite Metropolitan if you want to see those kids all grown up.

    Sweden’s Ongoing War Against Sexism

    The last time Mockingbird looked, Swedish clerics were deeply worried about girls there who wanted their fathers to “give them away” in the marriage ceremony. Swedish concern most recently has extended to men, brutally victimized by boxer shorts. Here’s our latest update (thanks again to JD). =============== A Swedish advertisement featuring a muscular man clad only […]

    The Force

    Love Me Like My Dog

    The Associated Press reported this week that one of seven people surveyed said they would dump their husband, wife, or significant other, before they’d lose their pet.

    One of the biggest reasons cited is that they get a lot of judgment and criticism from their spouse and get unqualified love from the latter.

    Scotty Emerick – “Love Me Like My Dog”

    The Stories Behind The Songs | Myspace Music Videos

    But is this news? Scotty Emerick, in this hilarious ballad to a girlfriend, told us as much a few years ago. Give it a listen and you’ll be happy you did.

    Mockingbird At The Movies

    Here’s hoping your Inner Child has a wonderful time at the movies this year.  God bless us, everyone!

    “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
    — Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17

    “Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise.”
    — Matthew 21:16

    Coming Attractions

    Here are seven movies being released on DVD in Jan/Feb (most of them on Jan 11 or 18). I haven’t seen them yet — but they all feel like home runs. Get Low. “A deft blend of dark humor and poignancy” and a huge standout from a MB perspective. Read this great Christianity Today interview […]

    The Twelve Thank You Notes of Christmas

    An imaginary (and increasingly hostile) series of letters to someone’s True Love.  Hoping it will inspire you in your thank you notes this season.

    Luther on the Nativity

    From Martin Luther’s Christmas Book: Let us, then, meditate upon the Nativity just as we see it happening in our own babies. I would not have you contemplate the deity of Christ, the majesty of Christ, but rather his flesh. Look upon the Baby Jesus. Divinity may terrify man. Inexpressible majesty will crush him. That […]