LOST: Ben Linus

If you’ve watched Lost (whether you liked the show or not), you know the characters were memorable and well-rounded. The story lines moved quickly, even if every episode seemed to ask more questions than it answered. One of my favorite aspects was how the people on the island felt like real people. You could feel... Continue Reading →

The Little Mermaid

I have loved fairy and folk tales since I was a little girl. Growing up, I used to leaf through this ancient set of books with beautifully told tales and even more lovely illustrations. I can’t tell you how many hours I pored over those stories of wicked witches, dazzling maidens, and gallant princes, and... Continue Reading →

My Heroes

Hero. Such a loaded word. What is a hero? To me, a hero is someone who is larger than life, who stands up and does right no matter what, and who is a legend in his or her own life. When I was a little girl, my hero was my dad. When he died, my... Continue Reading →

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

When I look back on my childhood, several movies stand out: the Indiana Jones trilogy, the original Star Wars trilogy, E.T., The Princess Bride, and several others. But among them is also Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It hovered there in the peripheral, just out of sight and like a little itch I couldn’t... Continue Reading →

Anne of Green Gables

I first met Anne Shirley when I was around 13. I quickly fell in love with the spunky, outspoken, and imaginative orphan. When first you meet Anne, she’s waiting at the train station for her new family. She’s imagined how it will be, how they will love her, how they will accept her into their... Continue Reading →

Stephen King’s It

When you hear about Stephen King’s It, do you think of a scary, homicidal clown? I think most people probably do, especially with the release of the newest movies, It: Parts One and Two. In case you haven’t read the book or seen the movies, the story is about a killer clown who targets kids.... Continue Reading →

Tangled: Obsessive “Love”

I love you. I love you more. I love you most. The above lines sound sweet, if a little sappy. They sound like something a mother might say to her child, and indeed, they’re what Mother Gothel and Rapunzel say to each other in Disney’s Tangled. But there’s nothing sweet about this relationship. After a... Continue Reading →

The Book of Lost Things

I’ve always loved fairy tales. Some of my favorite memories involve pulling the thick brown volumes that had belonged to my grandma off the shelf and reading in my room for hours. I enjoyed animal stories and the quests of Greek and Roman gods as well, but I’ve always gone back to fairy tales. As... Continue Reading →

The Screwtape Letters

By Carol Starkey Many people are familiar with C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. I remember the first time I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and being transported to a magical land through a wardrobe. In college, I encountered more of his works like the Space Trilogy and Till We Have Faces.... Continue Reading →

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