My Nasty, Brutish, and Short Hero: Wolverine

Could she accept a tall, handsome Wolverine despite her affection for her nasty, short, brutish comic book hero?


Respect Me as a Human Being: Jackie Robinson

I spent a lot of years searching for my personal Civil Rights hero. History classes taught me the big names: Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, President John F. Kennedy. None of them connected with me. None had the mixture of goodness, integrity, and grit that makes someone my hero. And then, in... Continue Reading →

Repeating the Past: Dead Again

NOV / DEC 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY Film noir stories love to explore the question of just how much hold the past has over us. Can a person ever outrun their past? Can they atone for past actions? Are we doomed to repeat our mistakes, or even the mistakes of others? Or can a person make... Continue Reading →

Haunted by the Hound

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY I can still remember the first time I read an entire, unabridged Sherlock Holmes adventure. I must have been about thirteen and knew I loved mysteries. I'd been devouring books about Trixie Belden and the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for years, and my appetite for fictional crime-solving adventures just... Continue Reading →

He Didn’t Expect to Change the World

MARCH / APRIL 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY Five hundred years ago this October, a monk and professor at the University of Wittenberg, Germany, wanted to discuss some theological questions with other learned Christians. So he wrote them all down and, since the internet was a few centuries from being invented yet, he posted them to... Continue Reading →

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