Like anyone who grew up singing along with the original Annie, reenacting flips into laundry baskets, climbing up ladders to escape Miss Hannigan and Rooster, and trying to make things levitate like Punjab—you all did do that, right?, I eagerly anticipated the release of the remake of Annie. Actually, scratch that, to be honest, I cringed when I first heard about the new version, because you sometimes just shouldn’t mess with a classic. (See: Karate Kid, Flubber, and Planet of the… Read more »

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A silent night. All is calm. No crying he makes. The festive carols, living nativities, and pristine paintings on Christmas cards of a halo-ed Mary kneeling calmly by a sweetly sleeping babe on a rather neatly arranged bed of hay while everyone within a ten-foot radius dons a well-lit halo and solemn smile. Christmas as we imagine it. Christmas as we have been told. Serene. Pristine. Religious. And perfectly, improperly sanitized. Because Jesus didn’t come that way. Jesus didn’t tip-toe… Read more »

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Dear Readers, The following is a repost from an entry several months ago. It is a post I personally revisit often. And with the holiday season upon us in full swing, I feel compelled to share it again with you. So many of us find this season to be especially difficult. Maybe a loved one has passed away. Maybe a child has wandered astray. Maybe your husband can’t find work. Maybe your children are driving you berzerk. Maybe I just… Read more »

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