Today is a very special day on the interweb. Can you feel it? Can you feel the excitement mounting?! It’s all because Green Onion’s blog turns one year old today! Awww, yay!!! To mark this magic moment (please read those last three words with the Drifter’s tune playing in your head), as well as my own blog turning one year old next week (woo!!), Green suggested we write guest posts for each other! This way we can take over the other’s blog in honor of the birthday and look back at our first year in the wacky world of WordPress and the birth of a blogging buddy bromance. As I thought about his idea, the immortal words of Dr. Peter Venkman immediately came to mind, “I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it!” So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to THE GREEN ONION BLOG!!! All that’s left is to click here and bounce over to Green’s site where you can read my guest post celebrating all things Green Onion. The birthday celebration is underway!!
Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about our win in stopping the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act for the American Health Care Act, a move that would’ve cost millions of Americans their coverage? Ha, well it turns out the House GOP was still looking to formally bury any pretense of morality or compassion by passing an even worse version of the AHCA last week – with all the problems of the first version PLUS the ability to allow insurance companies to deny coverage/raise rates to unaffordable levels for people with preexisting conditions. This week this series will focus on the now all-important healthcare battle about to begin in the Senate and the importance of those in the media who are still brave enough to speak truth to power. Continue reading
Yes, it’s the first Saturday in May and that means FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! This is the sixteenth year this event’s been a part of our pop culture experience. Personally, this is only the second time I’ve participated as someone picking up free comics, having just come back to reading them recently. This year I waited in line (in my Star Lord garb from the movie on Thursday night) ready to take home my free comic and celebrate my favorite independent book store/comic shop – Books Galore. On the costume note, special thanks to Green Onion who pointed out to me on Twitter Thursday that my Star Lord costume was missing a Walkman! How did I let that slide by?!? Thankfully I had time to go home after work to get my old Walkman before the movie so I was good to go on Thursday night and this morning. Thanks man! Continue reading
So I have a big problem. Admittedly, it is 100% a trivial First World Problem, but it vexes me all the same. I just finished watching (and, of course, loving) Guardians of the Galaxy for the umpteenth time. The re-watch before the sequel is part of my process you know. I have my tickets for the 7:00pm showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this Thursday too. It’s the first showing in town baby! Woo! But, as a comic lover who also loves comic book movies, I just can’t get into a comic version of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the same way I love the film. This is obviously a big problem because I want more Guardians of the Galaxy people!!!! So I’m at an impasse. Continue reading
Between midterm grading and chaperone duties while traveling, I’ve been too busy and too tired to do the writing and research this series requires. As I’ve caught up on the news, I only became more tired. Why? Well, he’s dropping bombs on ISIS. He’s itchin’ to fight North Korea. The Senate went nuclear and the EPA was ordered to remove climate change from their website for starters. Despite emotional fatigue, we can’t let up. So let’s jump in. This series aims to a) help us stay informed on the events unfolding in America and b) urge readers to add their voice to the chorus calling out for justice. We must be aware. We must be vocal. We must be active. We must be loving. This is how we will triumph and how we will transform our lives, our nation, and our world. Continue reading
There was no way to control my excitement and anticipation as the release date for The Force Awakens drew near at the end of 2015. I tried but this was the first time in thirty years Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio would be together again in a new adventure on the BIG SCREEN. As the credits rolled and the lights in the theatre came up…I wasn’t feeling what I wanted to feel. David, Kalie, Jeff, Hannah, and I all stood around in the parking lot after our initial screening staring at each other until Hannah finally said what I was feeling too, “I kind of hated it.” It didn’t feel like Star Wars to me. The absence of Lucas’ vision was painfully evident. BUT I’ve carried this resentment long enough. It’s time for me to let go and celebrate what’s right with The Force Awakens. Continue reading
I’ve spent the last week in Italy with the other Theology teachers I’m blessed to work with and some of our students (and parents) exploring the religious history (and pizza!) the country has to offer. The trip was amazing. But now I’m back baby! As I’ve only begun to catch-up on all the news that happened while I was away, I’m nowhere near ready to do a New American Resistance piece yet. Still, I wanted to write something after being gone for so long and Marvel’s latest universe-wide crossover event Secret Empire seemed like a good place to start. I guess a guy can’t even leave the country for one week without Marvel launching into another mega-event… Continue reading