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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a fabulous foray onto 4K

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a fabulous foray onto 4K
Hot on the heels of his tour de force from 2017, Dunkirk,  Christopher Nolan’s previous film has also arrived on 4K disc now and it’s well worth your time and/or money.

Nolan, who before Dunkirk was probably most famous for his excellent "Dark Knight" trilogy (also available in 4K), really pulled out all the stops when he followed up "The Dark Knight Rises." "Interstellar"  is a science fiction tale of hope for the future of Mankind (oops, Personkind,  for all you in the ranks of the perpetually offended) that begins on a dying earth that’s threatening to starve its billions of residents and ends up with a re-energized human (or huperson, if you will) race reaching for the stars.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Guv’nuh

Guv’nuh

Wintertime winds are brutal in the Mississippi Delta. They are soaking with humidity, and howl unchecked across ironing-board flat fields. Delta folks call these winds “cuttin’ body hawks.”

At daybreak one freezing January morning, the body hawk unleashed its full fury upon us two duck hunters: my lifelong best friend and mentor, the beloved old black man everyone called Jaybird, and me.

Just as we stepped into a field of rice stubble in which we had built a blind, I looked down and spotted a shivering puppy, crying pitifully. He resembled a Doberman pinscher — solid black with rust-colored jaw patches and feet, and a long nose. When I squatted before him, his dull, mucous-clouded eyes, filled with fear and hopelessness, looked straight into mine.

By Jimmy Reed - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Full Story

How “GAADD” Is Slowly Killing North Americans

GAADD, Generalized Ascorbic Acid Deficiency Disease
A wise sage once remarked, “It’s not things you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it’s the things you know for sure that ain’t so!” Most doctors and patients are convinced cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs) prevent heart attack. I say, it ain’t so. So what may prove me right? And why is GAADD so important?

Fact # One
Years ago I interviewed Dr. Linus Pauling, a two-time Nobel Prize winner. He explained that animals make their own vitamin C and rarely suffer a heart attack. For example, guinea pigs manufacture 13,000 milligrams of C daily, but if infection occurs these animals increase the amount to 100,000 mg daily! It indicates that nature provides vitamin C for health. Unfortunately, humans, due to a genetic quirk, lost the ability to manufacture vitamin C eons ago. Now, heart attack is our great killer.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Full Story

Spanish Moss: Decorator’s Delight

Spanish Moss: Decorator's Delight
Neither Spanish nor a moss Tillandsia usneoides, along with peach trees and live oaks, is often associated with the U.S. antebellum South. Nevertheless, those travelling further afield will discover its silvery-grey thread-like masses trailing at every vantage point southwards as far as Argentina and Chile.

Strands up to 25-feet long absorb moisture from the air so effectively that they can dispense with roots. Indeed, so efficient are they that it can happily exist and even flourish on telephone lines and power wires, much to the displeasure of utility companies, who are forced to repeatedly clear them.

By Wes Porter - Monday, January 8, 2018 - Full Story

Jim Caviezel Promotes “Paul, Apostle of Christ”

By News on the Net - Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Full Story

Jim Caviezel: We must be ‘warriors’ ready to risk our lives for the Gospel

Jim Caviezel: We must be 'warriors' ready to risk our lives for the Gospel
It appears that Mel Gibson’s epic film The Passion of the Christ has made a rare and genuine Catholic disciple out of actor Jim Caviezel, who played the part of Christ in the movie.

Speaking at a gathering of Catholic college students in Chicago this past Wednesday, Caviezel said that we have to be “warriors, ready to risk their reputations, their names, even our very lives, to stand for the truth.” He said that to be with Christ we must stand apart from the world and bring the sword of truth, without compromise, without making concessions. “Set yourselves apart from this corrupt generation,” he challenged those in attendance. “Be saints. You weren’t made to fit in. You were born to stand out.”

By David Martin - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

K-12: Sight-Words vs. Vocabulary Words

K-12: Sight-Words vs. Vocabulary Words
Many people use the phrases “sight-word” and “vocabulary word” interchangeably, when they are quite different. This confusion, I believe, serves a sinister purpose for our Education Establishment.

A sight-word is a one-dimensional object. You know it visually, that’s all. When you see the graphic design, you are supposed to respond in an automatic or conditioned way. You say the sound represented by the design. The Education Establishment pretends this is “reading” but it’s not.

On the other hand, a vocabulary word is a multi-dimensional object. Most importantly, you know it phonetically. You say the sounds represented by the letters. This is real reading although the Education Establishment would like to pretend otherwise.

By Bruce Deitrick Price - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Full Story

Prophecy 2018—History and Prophecy on a Collision Course

Prophecy 2018--History and Prophecy on a Collision Course
This is the tenth message in a series which began with an article entitled, “Prophecy 2008.” While many of the changes in our world have been negative, such as the same sex marriage ruling of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” and the many destructive policies of the Obama administration, the rest of the world hasn’t done much better than America.

Europe is being subdued by the seventh century paganism of Islam, while her long and proud heritage is being cast into a waste heap of terror, oppression and fear.

By Rev. Michael Bresciani - Monday, January 1, 2018 - Full Story

BULBS FOR GOOD SCENTS

Delicious scents of hyacinths and narcissus
Supermarket floral sections and local grocery stores are bursting forth with pots of spring-flowering bulbs. Delicious scents of hyacinths and narcissus are wafted to distract from the winter weather. Any and all add a similar touch to the home. True they will be fleeting visitors, but their sojourn can be prolonged with a little of the proverbial tender loving care. Bulbs are amazingly thirsty. Check twice a day. Position in bright light and keep as cool as possible. Avoid radiators or hot air vents. Flower stems will continue to elongate, and some support may be required. When the blooms fade, trim back their stalks but retain the foliage. Keep watering until the leaves fade, then allow to dry and store in a cool, dry place until they can be planted out in the garden. They may take a year or two to recover but why waste?

By Wes Porter - Monday, January 1, 2018 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Christmas Trees


Readers of these columns will be gratified to learn that people are coming back to the natural tree. Whether it’s plastic pollution, pricey artificial imports or simple nostalgia for the real thing, everywhere sales of live pines, spruce, firs and hemlock are climbing.

And why not? Christmas tree farming is environmentally sound. The stands, often on land little suited for anything else, provide a welcoming habitat for vast array of wildlife as well as employment in areas where such opportunities are often scarce on the ground. Cut-your-own operations not only offer an additional source of revenue to tree farmers but to surrounding communities where the visitors stop to shop. Once home, they bring joy and happiness before finally ending their days biodegraded as municipal mulch.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, December 30, 2017 - Full Story

Old School Parenting at Christmastime

Old School Parenting at Christmastime
Like millions of lower to middle income American families back in the day, my parents did an awesome job at Christmastime. With little money, they always found a way to give their kids happy Christmases. As the 9-year-old eldest, I babysat my 4 siblings. I knew mom and dad did not have a lot of money. And yet, I never thought we were poor or felt shortchanged at Christmas. I don’t remember my 3 brothers and sister ever feeling shortchanged at Christmas. How awesome is that? Given their financial challenges, my parents had to be magicians to pull off that trick. Somehow, they performed their magic every year. I kind of took it for granted. Looking back, all I can say is, “Wow!”

The arrival of the Montgomery Wards catalog was a major exciting event. Each of us kids circled the toys we wanted for Christmas.

I remember, my Roy Roger’s pistol and holster. On Christmas day, I left my pistol outside for a moment. When I came back, it was gone. Mom was extremely annoyed at me.

By Lloyd Marcus - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - Full Story

The Gift of Faith

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit
When we think of faith, how many of us believe that it must rise from our own being? That in order for us to be successful in achieving our dreams, we must have faith in ourselves?

The truth is, faith is a gift and not by the measure of the world that touts the mantra that thinking good thoughts by force of will, good things are then manifested.

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12
8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
(ESV)

By A. Dru Kristenev - Monday, December 25, 2017 - Full Story

Jesus came

Jesus came

By News on the Net - Monday, December 25, 2017 - Full Story

It Is Well, It Is Well, With My Soul

Holis Ibsen
In the wee hours of the morning on December 2, 2017, Annabelle, the “baby” of our three daughters, completed the most trying ordeal of her young life. Our baby had a baby!

However, the young woman lying in the hospital bed was not aglow with her usual gorgeous good looks. Instead, she was the picture of utter exhaustion. Her golden blond hair was soaked with sweat, dark circles sagged beneath her eyes, her cheeks were devoid of color, and her lips still bore the grimace of pain. Thirty-one hours of agonizing labor failed to deliver the baby, and it had to be taken by Caesarian section.

Along with her husband Ken, who never left her side during the painful ordeal, we stood silently as she lay in troubled sleep. Finally, her eyes flickered open and she greeted us with a weak smile.

By Jimmy Reed - Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Full Story

Norse God Baldr Killed by a Mistletoe Dart

mistletoe
Today, we associate mistletoe with the kiss of love. Yet, according to the ancient Norse, it once brought death to the Aesir’s most beloved member.

Even the most ferocious of the Norse Pantheon, the Aesir, recognized the essential goodness, even gentleness, of Baldr. Son of Odin and Frigga, twin brother of Hodur who had been born blind, he demonstrated the use of medicinal plants to the men and women who dwelt in Midgard. The healing chamomile was called Baldr’s brow for its beneficial qualities.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, December 23, 2017 - Full Story

Benedict’s Papality Continues

Benedict's Papality Continues
With all the controversy that surrounded the election of Pope Francis upon the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, it seems that Catholics may have lost sight of a key element in this episode, namely, that Benedict XVI never resigned his papal office, but only the active exercise thereof.

On the eve of his resignation, he said: “Anyone who accepts the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and completely to everyone, to the whole Church… “The ‘always’ is also a “forever”—there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.” (General Audience, February 27, 2013)

From these words it is evident that there has been no revocation of Benedict XVI’s office. According to Church law, a pope must give up “his office” for his resignation to be valid. (Canon 332) Benedict XVI chose to retain his office “forever,” which means he is still pope, which means that Francis cannot be pope, since there cannot be two popes. If Francis is the pope, then Benedict’s office is revoked, but Benedict insists it was not revoked. https://vimeo.com/228833627

By David Martin - Friday, December 22, 2017 - Full Story

Real Christmas Better Than Any Movie

You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet
In December of 1914 in the first bitter winter of a long bitter war,  the solders of the German Empire and the soldiers of the British Empire defied the orders of their officers.  They abandoned their hastily dug entrenchments that would soon grow into an elaborate maze of trenches stretching from Switzerland to the English Channel to meet each other in no man’s land. They sang hymns and exchanged gifts in a spontaneous outpouring of the feelings of peace, fellowship, and forgiveness which were then the staples of a Christ centered Christmas season.

In the midst of the War to End War these enemies found peace in the love of their Savior.  Can we at least hope that in the midst of what feels like a terminally divided America if we would take His hand, if we would follow Him maybe we could do the same?

The season for which He is the reason is upon us so let us reflect:

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Dunkirk soars onto 4K disc - while LEGO’s ninja flick plummets

Dunkirk soars onto 4K disc - while LEGO's ninja flick plummets
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a marvelous cinematic achievement, and the best way to experience it is not only on the biggest screen you can find, with the biggest sound, but also via Warner Brother’s new 4K HDR disc version of the 2017 hit.

Dunkirk, of course, was a terrible defeat for the Allies at the beginning of World War II. The German forces’ invasion of western Europe had stranded hundreds of thousands of soldiers, the lion’s share of whom were British, between the Axis advance and the English Channel. There they waited either for rescue, or death - depending who got to them first.

That’s where Nolan’s film begins, literally with a bang as one soldier (well, he wasn’t alone originally, but such is war) flees the invaders, climbing a fence and running down narrow streets until he emerges onto the Dunkirk beach to find he’s no longer alone: he’s just one of those hundreds of thousands of souls with nowhere to go.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Ten Thousand Times Brighter than the Star of Bethlehem

Ten Thousand Times Brighter than the Star of Bethlehem
Having been to the moon once, we are now confident that the rest of the universe is only a quantum leap ahead – if there were any quantum leaps to be had.

But history has proven that men are traveling through the medium of time not the vast expanse of space – all men, throughout all time. It is an equation that a child can deduce. There is no argument.

Haphazardly and mostly blind, we hope to see a bright portent, a perfect sign, and a light to guide us to the endless tomorrows we all suspect that await us.

By Rev. Michael Bresciani - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Good Will To All

Good Will To All
That cold Christmas Eve, my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird leaned on the porch rail of his home, looking across Mississippi Delta cotton fields he had worked in since he was a boy.

In moon-blanched stillness, the fields were taking their winter rest.

By Jimmy Reed - Sunday, December 17, 2017 - Full Story