03/28/2012 17:26:00 PM
I recently shared a story with a close friend that always makes me smile when I tell it, and always reminds me that Im not all that. When we lived in Louisiana, I gave the Sundays childrens sermon at Ingleside United Methodist Church and was chaplain for the Mothers Day Out program.
One Sunday morning when I was giving the children's sermon in Baton Rouge, I said to the kids "watch this, it's fun" and stood up and faced the congregation. I told everyone to stand up (no "please"), and [..]
02/25/2012 20:07:00 PM
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02/14/2012 17:15:00 PM
Fans of the 1955 Disney Classic Lady and the Tramp, one of the American Film Institutes 100 Greatest Love Stories of All Time, will be excited to learn that it is now available in a Diamond Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. In honor of this significant event, Walt Disney Studios created a video clip with real dogs re-enacting the unforgettable spaghetti dinner scene. Its impossible to resist the sparkle in Ladys eyes as she shares spaghetti and meatballs with Tramp. Resisting those meatbal [..]
02/13/2012 11:47:00 AM
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02/07/2012 12:19:00 PM
This is a screen shot of an ad running on the 'net ( Vote for Marriage NC | VoteForMarriageNC.com). The group is apparently anti marriage equality, and the headline asks:Should gay marriage activists redefine marriage for everyone in North Carolina?That should be a simple yes/no opinion question, but in the text of the ad there are two conflicting questions, followed by the Yes and No check off fields:Do you believe the voters of North Carolina should decide the definition of marriage? Or should [..]
02/07/2012 11:26:00 AM
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07/02/2011 09:29:00 AM
According to Fleas, everything I did was either bad, wrong, or a waste of time. Thats probably why I dont remember what set her off whenever she exploded. We had a strict code of conduct, and I dont think I ever provoked her on purpose, expr
06/27/2011 17:21:00 PM
Sometimes we've just got to write things that prove what everybody already thinks about us...
Hey, wait, still looks like the
old bob etier to me...
Although most of you know me as Bob Etier of Western North Carolina, I have a new identity, complet
06/27/2011 11:35:00 AM
Once the weather gets milder (above 40 degrees or so) we leave our back door open so that our cats and dogs can go in and out through the pet door. This spring I noticed that whenever I was ready to give my dogs breakfast (a ritual that begins
06/26/2011 16:17:00 PM
WARNING: Looking at the images accompanying this article will result in eternal damnation
i.e., hell forever
When I was eleven-years-old, Fleas felt obliged to give me the talk. You know the one
about S-E-X. So she invited me
06/26/2011 14:42:00 PM
Its not always easy being a Christian, ever-increasingly under attack from people who think they understand what you believe, know that what you believe is a load of crap, categorize all Christians as believing and behaving the same
06/25/2011 17:11:00 PM
There are so many types of abuse and so many degrees. I grew up in an abusive household experiencing things that no child should, however many abuse survivors might easily say, Ha! You call that abuse? Unless I am conducting a rare intellectual
06/23/2011 09:51:00 AM
Until middle age, Fleas was a great cook. 100% Italian, she made sauces that were thick, fragrant, and flavorful. She even canned her own tomatoes. Dishes that were handed down from her mother were staples on our table. Every Thursday we had sp
06/22/2011 20:29:00 PM
Introduction: Shortly after writing A True Story: Chapter One, the plot changed. I found another organization that exists only in your imagination and required my already-demonstrated talent for arranging unique combinations of 1s and 0s for your amu
06/22/2011 11:14:00 AM
Someone beat me and I thought he was wonderful. Yikes, a normal person might exclaim, get this chick some help. The problem was that the someone was my father and I was a child who didnt know that all children dont suffer corporal punishm
06/21/2011 09:48:00 AM
NOT my mother
(Photo credit: Sura Nualpradid
Two weeks after I married (at the tender age of 18), I was diagnosed with a bladder infection, strep throat, malnutrition, dehydration
06/20/2011 10:11:00 AM
What are the three Rs for saving the environment? Recycle, reuse, and reduce. Theres a fourth R and its my favoriterepurpose. I enjoy finding new uses for standard itemsor even not-so-standard items. I found so many uses for clothes pi
06/19/2011 10:12:00 AM
When youre ten years old, you dont need a reason to be eccentric. Ten-year-olds just are. My brother J. was no different than most kids his age. Some of the things they do dont make sense. But if most of the things they do are reasonab
06/16/2011 09:13:00 AM
Dear Bob, I know you won't remember this, so I thought I'd better drop you a note. There was no June 15 column because of a ferocious storm that knocked out power for hours and hours and hours. I know that you are too lazy to bang out a few par
06/14/2011 08:59:00 AM
Watch your mouth; you know youre evil. That was the advice my mother gave when I was going to meet a boyfriends family for the first time. I didnt know I was evil; I thought I was stupid (thats what I was told and told and told).
06/13/2011 09:07:00 AM
Remember when you were a kid your family would go for a ride, and when they passed the woods you were afraid they were gonna leave you there? The first time I asked someone this question, she quickly said no. The next time I asked, I was i
06/12/2011 16:44:00 PM
Friend of this series A.K. wrote in reference to yesterdays installment: "Meet Mama (It's her birthday) is as much about your father as about Mama
there's nothing in your reminiscence about her birthday. Upon seeing the title, I figured yo
06/11/2011 16:32:00 PM
NOT my mother.
My mother was not the most evil, witchiest, cruelest woman on the face of the earth. As a child, I had a schizoid view of the world: I didnt think my family was any different than other families (some of my friends had very nu
06/10/2011 15:42:00 PM
(Note: I had originally planned to introduce Mama today, but tomorrow's her birthday, so let's celebrate together then.)
I dont remember the first time I drank beer; I was probably five or six years old. I didnt have a can or bottle of Rheing
06/09/2011 13:43:00 PM
I dont remember ever wishing for a pony when I was a child, but I do remember wishing my parents would split up. In my naiveté, I thought that if my parents divorced, I would live with my father. Back in the fifties and sixties, that was unlikely
06/08/2011 16:20:00 PM
A little girl would be beaten with a belt whenever she was kept after school. It was 1956 and she was in second grade. She spent many an afternoon doing punishment lessons for her failure to do her homework properlyinfractions such as not employin
05/22/2011 17:02:00 PM
New Bibles with The Word You Want to Hear - Technorati Entertainment
You know what the Bible says; now get the Bible that supports your infinite knowledge.
Suffering from post-Rapture depression? Wondering where people get these predictions that alw
05/21/2011 19:28:00 PM
Post-Rapture Depression - Technorati Entertainment
I missed the Rapture...I'm goin' to Disneyland!
What the heck happened? I thought there was going to be a Rapture today, and a lot of people would depart this earthly realm and take up residence in
05/17/2011 10:46:00 AM
TeenLit: The Look Book Features Fifty Fabulous Faces - Technorati Entertainment
Oh, to have Bacalls lips, Hepburns eyes, and Debbie Harrys cheeks
or would that be too much of a good thing?
On May 18, Zest Books publishes The Look Book by
05/16/2011 16:09:00 PM
YouTube - Detroit Dog Rescue
Not for the faint of heart!!!
05/16/2011 15:54:00 PM
YouTube - NBC Dogs Youtube.mp4
Can you watch this without tears forming? These two dogs are amazing.
Whoever is responsible for shooting Mellow, shot and killed two other dogs as well.
For more details, see: http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-n
05/16/2011 11:19:00 AM
White Sleeper Brings Biological Terrorism to American Families - Technorati Entertainment
Been feeling a little sleepy, irritable, and weak lately? Suffering a loss of appetite? Feel like biting someone?
What do you get when you combine a terrorist
05/06/2011 08:31:00 AM
Music Review: Barry Manilow Duets - Technorati MusicBarry Manilows most popular DUETS are now collected on one CD.
05/05/2011 12:55:00 PM
Soundtrack for a Revolution Comes to PBS, May 9 - Technorati TVThe story of the American Civil Rights Movement told through its powerful music: SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION.
05/04/2011 14:20:00 PM
Crime Drama Has a New Identity - Technorati TVAll it takes is some basic info, and you could be next.
05/02/2011 18:58:00 PM
Nazi Irony: A Film Unfinished (2010), PBS, May 3, 2011 - Technorati FilmSee A FILM UNFINISHED and never again view historic images as you always have.
04/25/2011 19:57:00 PM
Who Dares Review the 23rd Psalm? - Technorati FilmAfter all, she was only a prostitute
04/25/2011 19:49:00 PM
Some Sacrifices Arent Worth Making - Technorati FilmF*** it, John, just shoot this crazy piece of sh**! Father Porter, SACRIFICE (Christian Slater)
04/24/2011 15:47:00 PM
Feelin Lucky, Punk? - Technorati FilmWinning the lottery is like throwing Miracle-Gro on your character defects.
04/23/2011 19:12:00 PM
There Is Something in Forgiveness for Each of Us - Technorati FilmCan we be forgiven for the wrongs we do if we are unwilling to forgive others?
04/20/2011 20:57:00 PM
Fly Away (2011) - Technorati FilmWhen love means letting go
04/20/2011 20:46:00 PM
Stonewall Uprising Recalls American Fascism - Technorati FilmHomosexuality is a sickness of the mind no less dangerous or contagious than smallpox. (According to BOYS BEWARE, 1961 film short)
04/19/2011 19:44:00 PM
Victim of Violence Builds Violent World: Marwencol, PBS - Technorati FilmA man attempts to heal the physical and emotional damage of a vicious, brutal attack through a town that doesnt exist.
04/18/2011 16:16:00 PM
Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story - Technorati FilmJews and Baseballtheyve had a huge impact on each other. Who knew?
04/18/2011 13:56:00 PM
A Mind to Kill : The Last Series Now on DVD - Technorati TVMore murder in Wales, featuring our favorite DCI, Noel Bain.
04/17/2011 13:22:00 PM
The Way Back (2010) Is Long - Technorati FilmTheir escape was just the beginning.
04/17/2011 09:29:00 AM
Lets Talk about The Kings Speech (2010) - Technorati FilmThe Best Picture of 2011 is now available for home viewing.
04/14/2011 20:03:00 PM
Wasteland (2010) on DVD and PBS - Technorati FilmThe transformative power of art is revealed in the worlds largest garbage dump.
04/14/2011 16:11:00 PM
Put Chicago Overcoat (2009) On and Relax - Technorati FilmThe Glory Days Are Back
04/13/2011 07:59:00 AM
The Big Uneasy: Katrina and the Corps of Army Engineers - Technorati Film
What happens when the next big one hits New Orleans? Somehow, it will all seem familiar...
04/12/2011 13:55:00 PM
Now Thats Funny: Car 54, Where Are You? - Technorati TV
04/11/2011 11:38:00 AM
Kevin Spacey Is Casino Jack (2010), Now on DVD - Technorati FilmWashington is like Hollywood, but with uglier faces. Jack Abramoff
04/10/2011 17:40:00 PM
Unstoppable Is - Technorati FilmTense...exciting...heart-stopping...pulse-pounding...need I say more?
04/10/2011 17:27:00 PM
Russia Saved by American Humanitarian Efforts PBS, April 11 - Technorati TVHow "Hoover's Boys" and the generosity of Americans fed millions of starving Soviets during the 1920s.
04/07/2011 19:19:00 PM
Celebrate Arts Month with Independent Lens Television Premiere of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Technorati TVNobody loves a genius child. Kill him - and let his soul run wild. --Langston Hughes
04/07/2011 19:18:00 PM
(4) Celebrate Arts Month with Independent Lens Television Premiere of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - DiggNobody loves a genius child. Kill him - and let his soul run wild. --Langston Hughes
04/07/2011 16:46:00 PM
Jonathan Winters Final Approach Is Not a Steady One - Technorati EntertainmentJonathan Winters was once the funniest man in entertainment
he should rest now.
04/07/2011 15:16:00 PM
Sean Kent Is Waiting for the Rapture, Hoping Sooner Rather than Later - Technorati EntertainmentSometimes you just have to use a few bad words to get your point across
04/05/2011 18:55:00 PM
Its an Ex-TRON-vaganza! - Technorati FilmFor traditionalists, there's TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC; for post-futurists, there's TRON: LEGACY.
04/05/2011 16:08:00 PM
KidTunes: Billy Kelly Spreads Joy in The Family Garden - Technorati Music Billy Kelly delights in a spontaneous collection of songs and silliness just for kids.
04/03/2011 17:36:00 PM
Black Swan (2010) on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD - Technorati FilmThere is only one role of a lifetime.
04/03/2011 10:45:00 AM
The Cole Porter Song Collection and Vocal Selections from Anything Goes - Technorati MusicI get no kick from champagne, Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all... --Cole Porter
03/31/2011 18:47:00 PM
Desert of Forbidden Art Blooms on Independent Lens April 5 - Technorati TVA fascinating story of a secret art collectionhidden in plain sightworth millions.
03/31/2011 18:40:00 PM
Understanding Cults, God Willing, April 2, PBS - Technorati TVWords that break the heart: Dear Family, Ive gone off with the missionaries
What would you do if faith took your child away?
03/31/2011 18:29:00 PM
Betty White redefines age as meaningless.Ill Have What Betty Whites Having - Technorati Celebrity
03/30/2011 13:47:00 PM
Glorifying Gangsters, Vegas-Style - Technorati EntertainmentIt took two years and twenty-five million dollars, but theres finally a shrine to the mob.
03/29/2011 18:56:00 PM
King of Kings (1961) on Blu-ray, March 29, 2011 - Technorati FilmOkay
so, like, is THIS version the greatest story ever told?
03/29/2011 18:46:00 PM
Its Not Just the Climate Thats Changing; Time for Plan B - Technorati TVWill food shortages bring down our civilization?
03/28/2011 21:55:00 PM
The Ten Commandments (1956) on DVD & Blu-ray, March 29 - Technorati FilmLife is full of surprises. Sethi (Egyptian Pharaoh)One thing I didn't expect when I watched THE TEN COMMANDMENTS was that it would be so darn funny!
03/28/2011 18:31:00 PM
New from Tribeca: The Swimsuit Issue on DVD, March 29 - Technorati FilmA Scandinavian comedy about friends, family, loyalty, and chlorinated water.
03/27/2011 19:16:00 PM
The Human Experience Is Humbling - Technorati FilmEver wonder what its all about it, why youre here, who you are, or how you fit in?
03/27/2011 19:08:00 PM
Whos the Caboose? Sends Up TV Hopefuls - Technorati FilmI really feel good about not feeling good about this. Sarah Silverman
03/27/2011 18:40:00 PM
Ingredients Is a Fresh Take on Eating Local - Technorati FilmThe local food movement takes root.
03/24/2011 19:06:00 PM
Colony Looks at the Disappearing Honeybee - Technorati FilmThe only thing worse than bees is no bees.
03/24/2011 10:32:00 AM
Loving Lampposts Looks at Autism - Technorati FilmIf you've met one autistic person...you've met one autistic person.
03/23/2011 11:04:00 AM
Pushing the Elephant Illustrates the Horrors of War on a Personal Level - Technorati TVOne person alone cannot push the elephant, but many people together can. Rose Mapendo
03/22/2011 14:39:00 PM
Fatal Secrets Revealed March 29 on DVD - Technorati FilmEveryone has a secret. Some people should keep it to themselves.
03/22/2011 14:32:00 PM
Upstairs, Downstairs Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Edition Coming to DVD, March 29 - Technorati TVThe most popular British drama series ever, UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS celebrates its fortieth anniversary.
03/21/2011 16:04:00 PM
Lets Merry-go Merry-go Merry-Go-Round with Wild Man Fischer on March 22 - Technorati MusicManic Depressive. Paranoid Schizophrenic. Rock Legend.
03/20/2011 20:02:00 PM
The Quiet Arrangement (2009) on DVD March 22 - Technorati FilmLooking for an exciting action film? Check out THE QUIET ARRANGEMENT. Looking for a well-made, well-acted film? Never mind.
03/20/2011 19:52:00 PM
Mike and Peggy Seeger - Fly Down Little Bird - Technorati MusicFLY DOWN LITTLE BIRD is a small treasure box filled with traditional southern American music.
03/19/2011 14:47:00 PM
Helping Japan and Having Fun (on iPhone and iPad) - Technorati LifestylePopCap Games assists Japan relief effort.
03/19/2011 12:56:00 PM
The Roys - Lonesome Whistle - Technorati MusicThe Roys are a capable bluegrass duo with an entertaining new album, LONESOME WHISTLE.
03/19/2011 12:46:00 PM
Im gonna love you like nobodys loved you, come rain or come shine. Johnny MercerThe Johnny Mercer Centennial Sheet Music Collection - Technorati Music
03/17/2011 15:10:00 PM
Super Useless Superpowers Will Make You Laugh
and Wonder - Technorati Entertainment
03/17/2011 11:30:00 AM
An Apple a Day by Caroline Taggart - Technorati Entertainment
03/15/2011 18:52:00 PM
Meet The People Ive Slept With on March 22 - Technorati FilmAn attractive, talented cast elevates THE PEOPLE IVE SLEPT WITH from sex romp to intelligent comedy.
03/15/2011 10:07:00 AM
Who Do You Think You Are? - Technorati TV
03/15/2011 09:08:00 AM
Oscar-winning The Fighter Streets on DVD/Blu-Ray - Technorati FilmTHE FIGHTER is distinguished by strong, convincing performances.
03/13/2011 18:33:00 PM
Spooner Debuts on DVD March 15 - Technorati FilmWe are all searching for something.
03/10/2011 13:47:00 PM
Colin Machrie and Brad Sherwood Are Dangerously Funny in Two Man Group - Technorati EntertainmentWhat has four legs, two quick wits, and is enormously entertaining? No, not Dumbo.
03/07/2011 19:56:00 PM
See What Im Saying Showcases Deaf Entertainers - Technorati FilmMeet deaf performers, famous in their own community, who remain largely unknown to hearing audiences.
03/06/2011 20:54:00 PM
Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium, Double CD + DVD/Blu-ray, March 8, 2011 - Technorati MusicMy husbands out of town and I spent the night with Billy Joel