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The colorful world of ‘Black and White’

There are three notable films coming up in the next couple of weeks on TCM. If I were to give them a common link, I would note they are all shot in black-and-white and all three attain a high level of excellence.When I was younger, I usually rejected any movie that was in black-and-white. ...

Competing and comparing

You don't truly know someone until you've played a game with them. I say this because the trait of competitiveness is immediately revealed. Whether it be a board game, cards or some sort of sport, you quickly learn who plays nice.The act of competing goes beyond sports and games, people are ...

Memorial movies

Memorial Day is a little more than a week away but that doesn't mean one can't take time any day to remember the brave men and women who ultimately gave their lives for our country.They served a nation and its people that they loved. However you might typically spend the holiday, maybe with a ...

Mother movies

Today is Mother's Day. I hope you'll be recognizing that in some form or other. Mother's are certainly special people, for they are assigned essential duties in the world as they help bring forth and shape lives. Given this occasion, I have gathered a list of mother-approved movies. Though ...

Mother movies

Today is Mother's Day. I hope you'll be recognizing that in some form or other. Mother's are certainly special people, for they are assigned essential duties in the world as they help bring forth and shape lives. Given this occasion, I have gathered a list of mother-approved movies. Though ...

Thank a teacher during ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’

As I reflect upon my past 25 years as an educator, I want to be sure that the educators who impacted my life in positive ways are acknowledged.In kindergarten, Mrs. Patterson's lap and arms were always open for comfort or correction. She taught me that the power of kindness is never to be ...

Journey into Mystery

Who does that shadow belong to? Where is my magnifying glass? Why is my butler missing?We like to ask questions? Don't we? They may not sound like those ones, but we ask many questions every day to help us do our jobs, make decisions and understand the world around us. In fact, there's ...

‘New wave’ films

In the late 1960s, American cinema ushered in a new era by taking a walk on the wild side. After a reign of glossy Hollywood productions and extravagant musicals, young audiences wanted to see a more real depiction of the world and society in which they found themselves.Independent filmmakers ...

Heavy humanity

In this world, we all struggle and suffer. Obstacles rise, dreams fall, and desires we long for don't always arrive like we wish them to. When coupling our stresses with the faults of the everyday world, there's much that can weigh on us and no one is immune.So what's our appropriate response ...

Easter epics

Palm Sunday is here, which means a week from today will be Easter. There'll be a solemn time of reflection on Good Friday that will culminate in a day of celebration on Sunday. To complement the monumental event that we remember, here are a few grand scale Easter epics to explore and use to ...