d.u.t.y. rocks Battle of the Bands

Going to a concert, there are three things that determine whether or not the performance is worth it – stage presence, crowd connection and sound. A performance without stage presence is bland. It lacks the adrenaline that makes a concert the exciting thing that it is. A band should not only look like they are confident and well put together, …

Firefly – The show that should never have been cancelled….

Firefly.   The word speaks for itself.   Okay, not really. But the show certainly does. 8 months ago I had never seen a single episode, and though I had seen Serenity, I had never quite understood it.   Now, I’ve watched the series thoroughly twice, and the movie twice after. I’m in love. At the same time, I am …

Truth vs lie.

This is what my heart says:   I have to impress God if I want him to love me. I have to prove myself for God to love me as I am. I have to be perfect and sinless, because Christ’s death was not meant for me.   Every time I think I have to impress Him, I am placing …

God is a mean kid with a magnifying glass…

Even though we know it’s not true, how many times do we unintentionally place God in that position?   I’ve found that lately I seem to be putting Him there a lot. I know that’s not His nature, yet in the back of my mind, I fear that He’s just waiting to rip all the good out from under me. …

When acceptance, or the lackthereof, leads to death…

My small little town has been in the news a fair chunk lately. And not once for something positive. First, it was the woman who went missing, and was found murdered twenty minutes outside of town.   Now, it’s about a double-suicide. A story that went as far as to reach the apparently ever-famous Perez Hilton.   What is the …

When the heartbreaking gets blackened by the heartless…

It’s September 11th. Every year since the Twin Towers, I’ve written some sort of post to commemorate. A post to remember those whose lives were taken in an act of cruelty and horror that seems almost unreal. That should have stayed in the movies, but somehow crossed into reality.   Each year, as the day goes on, I feel my …

This kind of stuff isn’t supposed to happen in real life…

I keep waiting for someone from CSI or Criminal Minds to pop up and yell ‘CUT!’ and all this news to turn out to be nothing more than the filming of an episode. It’s so surreal, and so heartbreaking.   For those of you who didn’t see my last post about the investigation in the disappearance of a local woman, …

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

When I first saw the previews for Scott Pilgrim, being unaware that it was part of an awesome comic series, I completely missed the point and thought ‘Man, that film looks lame.’ Largely because Michael Cera, as adorable as he is, only ever plays Michael Cera, which, after Superbad became slightly overdone.   But when friends started coming to me, …

Questions that Go Unanswered

I don’t know about most people, but I know there are a group of questions in my mind that are my downfall. Questions that haunt me and fester and burn until I hit a point where I just can’t take them anymore.   I try to be strong, to convince myself that I don’t need answers, because the answers are …

Pray

Do you ever have those moments where it feels like God has taken a sledgehammer and knocked you upside the head with it? Towards the end of To Save a Life, I definitely got one of those. It wasn’t lovely. It hurt. Emotionally, spiritually, and I’m sure I felt the physical reverberations of it. At that point in the movie …