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06/18/2011 - 6:37pm

A group of immortal creatures called the Guardians of the Universe have divided all of space into 3600 sectors.  From each sector, the Guardians choose one person to give immense power.  The green power of will is stored in a lantern and channeled through a ring which allows the owner to create anything he can think of and use it to maintain peace and justice in the universe.  These 3600 are called the Green Lantern Corps.  The greatest enemy of the Guardians and Lanterns is a creature that feeds on the yellow energy of fear, called Parallax (voiced by Clancy Brown).&nbs

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06/12/2011 - 9:50pm

While it’s not part of my usual TV schedule, I occasionally catch part of an episode of 16 and Pregnant on MTV.  While some claim it glamorizes teen pregnancy, I see it more as an effective birth control method.  Watching a couple of episodes of the show makes it perfectly clear none of these young people comes anywhere close to prepared for the responsibilities of parenthood.  While some try to work and go to school, many depend on the resources of their parents to feed, house and clothe them and their child.  Unfortunately, many adults are unprepared for parentho

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06/04/2011 - 10:46pm

As a teenager, when I felt restless, I would sometimes get in my beat up 1977 Toyota Corolla station wagon and drive.  There was a section of highway that was perfect for clearing the head.  It had long straight sections and lazy, sweeping curves that gave the driver a chance to open up his machine and, with the windows down and the radio loud, lose ones self in the wind and music.  I could usually depend on a half hour drive clearing my head, calming my nerves and gaining a fresh perspective.  Perhaps that’s why, if I could have one superpower, it would be the abi

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05/29/2011 - 10:52pm

Many of us have asked the question, “Who am I?”  The question occurs to us when we are at an emotional and developmental crossroads or when we behave in a way outside of our usual character.  It also is sometimes asked after a long weekend of heavy drinking, but I digress.  Questioning our very purpose and identity is usually a deeply moving and life-altering moment for people.  Who knew the same was true for pandas.

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05/22/2011 - 8:10pm

Yard sale, rummage sale, garage sale…whatever you call it, it means the same thing:  Take my junk so I don’t have to move it around my house to find room for my new junk.  That’s what these sales would be called if it fit on the posters.  Sorting through your stuff trying to decide what to sell can be a little cathartic.  It can bring back memories (both bad and good), help deal with past troubling situations and generally give the feeling of a fresh start.  For most, the yard sale is their idea, but for the hero in this week’s movie, &ldquo

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05/15/2011 - 8:40pm

Have you ever had a good, close, best friend you wanted to punch in the mouth?  It can happen.  As a friendship matures, you begin to notice the little things your friend does that annoy you and can start to really grate on your nerves; or, you see your friend doing stupid things and making bad decisions.  If they would just listen to your advice, their life would work out better.  All this care, concern and worry can lead an otherwise reasonable and sane person to feel the overwhelming desire to sock their best friend squarely in the jaw.  I wouldn’t suggest

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05/08/2011 - 1:08am

Experience is the best teacher.  I have relearned that lesson myself over the last couple of months as the radio station has changed to a different type of software in my department.  I watched over 20 different online presentations of how the software works, but until I actually got my hands on it and made it work in the real world, I was clueless as to its function.  No matter what kind of job you have, listening to lectures will only give you the bare minimum you need to perform your task.  If you’re a med student, you need to cut up a cadaver to see how things

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05/01/2011 - 11:12pm

Have you ever done the wrong thing for the right reason?  The Bible is pretty clear about not committing murder; but, if you or your family is in imminent danger and deadly force is the only option, killing another human being is legally, socially and morally acceptable.  I suppose on some cosmic level it’s still wrong, and those who’ve faced this horrific situation sometimes feel guilty for taking a life, but still, it’s allowed by our laws.  What about stealing $100-million of a drug dealer’s money and using the cash to start new lives under assumed

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04/23/2011 - 10:17pm

Sometimes fate deals you a particularly cruel hand.  For instance, my father could create plans in his head and construct a building without blueprints.  He could pull the engine from a car, repair it, re-install it and have it running like new pretty much by himself.  This man who could plumb and wire a house with no formal training, the smartest, most capable man I have ever known, developed Alzheimer’s disease and, by the end of his life, couldn’t figure out how to operate a doorknob.  To me, that seems especially cruel.  The hero of this week’s

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04/17/2011 - 8:26pm

Back in my younger days, I used to build models of cars, airplanes and spaceships.  I was cursed with the unfortunate combination of not being a very good model builder and being something of a perfectionist.  As I examined my overly glued and poorly painted efforts, I would think that if I dabbed on a bit more color here or trimmed some excess glue there it would be perfect.  It never was and I was rarely satisfied with my results.  If I had just left my imperfections alone, the model probably would have looked just fine.  Leaving things well enough alone is a less