Netflix or Nothing: Our Need for the Void

August 17, 2017

Netflix is the Devil! Is that a startling enough headline for you?  I’m exaggerating, of course, but only by a little. Personally, it’s easy for me to lose hours upon hours to Netflix or other similar streaming services.  Even when there wasn’t a show that got me excited, I would come back like the bored man to his fridge.  I know what’s in the fridge – I’ve basically memorized it…


Ross Poldark and the Beauty of Ordinary Time

June 22, 2017

I’ve recently begun to watch the BBC’s Poldark, a period drama set in the UK at the end of the 1700s.  The series follows Ross Poldark, whose family name gives him entry into the well-to-do of Cornwall.  But Ross, after fighting and nearly dying in the Revolutionary War, returns with a different view toward society.  Rather than follow the typical model his family expects, or moving away from Cornwall due…


Media in the Mourning

March 29, 2017

“How did she end up doing something like that?…  What is her life like now?… Do they know what they are really worth?” These thoughts, and others like them, are an valuable part of the process of recovering from pornography.  Whether they come on their own as part of a bigger change or they are questions you force yourself to ask, thoughts such as this humanize and, in some sense,…


Seinfeld or Star Wars?

February 15, 2017

Well, which one describes your life, Seinfeld or Star Wars?  Both of them are iconic in our culture, though they tell different stories.  And we human beings sure do love our stories.  Bedtime stories, scary stories, stories found in books, stories found on TV, stories that never leave our head.  We are so addicted to stories that our brains even tell themselves stories while we sleep!  It’s one of the…


Happy Galentine’s Day 2017!

February 13, 2017

What’s Galentine’s Day?? I’ll leave the explanation to its creator, Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation: “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” While I personally think there is no level of…


How to Survive a (Catholic) Zombie Apocalypse

January 6, 2017

It’s a new year and — as a result —  we are one year closer to the eventual zombie apocalypse that will inevitably overrun the world.  However, if you are Catholic, then you need not wait for The Walking Dead to become a reality.  You need only to look around your Church to find a whole slew of fellow Catholics doing their best spiritual impression of the undead, and, just…


The Stars Hollow 30-Something Gang and the Body of Christ

December 5, 2016

As the turkey and stuffing comas spread across America Thanksgiving night, visions of pop tarts, coffee, and Friday Night Dinners danced in the heads of millions of women… after nine years the Netflix Gilmore Girls reboot was finally happening. Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Gilmore Girls originally aired from 2000-2007, creating a phenomenon that has been passed on to younger generations through the wonders of binge-watching services (older fans can recall having to rent…


Discipline, Failure, and Humility on American Ninja Warrior

September 19, 2016

For the last few years, my wife and I, sometimes joined by our children, have been huge fans of the hit show American Ninja Warrior.  Last year was especially exciting as, for the first time ever, two contestants actually completed Stage 3 of Mount Midoriyama and were able to go for the fourth and final stage.  As it turned out, both of them would finish the final stage, but only…