Thursday, June 22, 2017

A fantastic Series

Last week I discovered a new series, well new to me.

The series is titled "D.C's Legends of Tomorrow and has a crew of interesting characters aboard a time-traveling spacecraft known as the Waverider.

Each character has a unique ability or power that is interesting, but what is more interesting is who these people are and how they deal with the events they are thrust into.

The first episode I saw was titled "Shogun" and was set in Edo Japan, at the time of the Samari.  Two of the characters find themselves trapped there and one is just discovering he has powers.

They are caught in needing to find a way back to the Waverider and helping defend a village against a tyrannical Shogun.

The episode is fast paced and shows respect to the Japanese characters portrayed.  There are some remarkable twists and turns that make you stay glued to your seat.

But the episode I saw this last week, was astonishing.  The crew of the Waverider ends up is Mississippi in 1863,  A time jumper has crashed at this point and is infecting people with a strain that turns them into Zombies, the bad thing, the people infected are Confederate soldiers making it look like the South could win.

What makes this episode "Abominations" powerful and captivating is not the Zombie Confederate plot element, but that two of the crew Jefferson "Jax" Jackson and Amaya Jiwe Deal with the issue of Slavery from a very personal perspective, and some of the most powerful moments involve these two as they go from simply trying to accomplish a mission, to being caught up in the battle for freedom of the black slaves.  

Legends is not merely science fiction time travel and battling against super villains, it is a fresh representation at looking at history and providing powerful messages through well-written stories.

I give this show my highest compliment, this is on the level of The Original Star Trek when it was in its first season and a half and dealt with issues in compelling storytelling.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A very Powerful Movie

Last night I watched a movie that I was very curious about, the movie is titled "MILK" and it is about the life of County Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was a Gay activist and member of the San Francisco City Council.  He and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on November 27th, 1978 in the San Francisco City Hall.

Sean Penn was cast as Harvey Milk and did a stellar job portraying this man, he is unrecognizable as Sean Penn and becomes Harvey Milk so believably you forget you are watching a movie.

The movie begins in New York in 1970 with Milk turning 40 years old, he realizes that in his forty years he has accomplished nothing that he was proud of, that he has been simply going through the motions.

It is then he decides to move to San Francisco and start his life over again.  

He finds himself in a district in San Francisco, where the Police harass, beat and brutalize anyone who is Gay without reason, just because of who they are.

The fuse is lit and Harvey Milk finds himself becoming involved in politics.  Soon he realizes that although the Gay community is being singled out, this is just part of a larger problem; senior citizens are not receiving fair representation, they are struggling to pay for meds and meals, and the American Worker is being abandoned by having his and her job exported out of the country.

He begins to fight the Machine for all, but in 1977 the fight does become personal, because of how laws that had been passed to give Gay citizens fair representation in housing and work, were overturned.

The movie is relevant for today because so many aspects touched in this film are still current issues now.

You may choose to avoid this film, because of your spiritual path, or personal belief, but do take a chance it is well worth the time, just from the historic perspective.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Something for the whole family

Although this movie came out nearly two years ago, I just had the opportunity to see this movie this past Friday, May 19th.

I have followed Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang since I was six years old, and for the better part of my life, I felt I really was Charlie Brown.  I mean 'Kite eating trees, and never having the courage to approach and talk with the little red haired girl.'

 Always have I watched "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and "It's Christmas Charlie Brown"  Not once have I ever missed seeing these specials.

The one thing I kept waiting for in every strip in the newspaper, in every special aired, was for Charlie Brown to win, just once.  Every time he came close to victory it would be pulled away, like Lucy with the football.

"The Peanut's Movie", provides all of us die hard fans with several victories, for both Charlie Brown and Snoopy.  You have to see the movie to find out what they are.

So if you have not seen this movie, or even if you have, rent it, or better still buy it and enjoy it.  You will be doing the Snoopy dance several times and will be smiling and laughing, two things we need to do more often.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A to Z Challenge, My favorite Christian music starting with O.

Well I am back, after taking a day off with some great music.  So let's get started.

This first piece was a contemporary song when I first began my spiritual journey in 1982.  The song is"On Eagles Wings"  This version of this song is sung by Michael Crawford, who was The Phantom of the Opera in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical pf The Phantom of the Opera.

This next piece is a traditional hymn that is still sung today, it is "Old Rugged Cross" Sung by Johnny and June Carter Cash.

This next song is not a Christian song but carries a very strong theme, it was composed and originally appeared on Pink Floyd's most recent album, The Division Bell, the song is "On the turning away and should be sung in every Christian Church,"  This version is sung by scattered people.\

Monday, April 17, 2017

A to Z Challenge My favorite Christian Music N

Hello again, well it is Monday and I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.

Today we are at Christian Music that begins with N, this first piece is a new piece I have only recently discovered, but it is one that is very uplifting.  I hope you will enjoy this song, it is titled Name above all Names and is sung by The Newsboys, please note that there are several songs with this title.

This next song is by Tommy Walker and it simply titled Nearer.

This next song is an older hymn which still touches the heart and is sung in many churches.  The song is Nearer my God to thee, 

This next song is another classic that we all know and have sung many times.  The song is "Nothing but the Blood, and is sung by School of worship.

This next to last song is one that is remarkable and keeps us focused on how God can bring anything about.  The song is  "Nothing is impossible" and sung by Life Way Mission.

My final song is similar in its message and over all theme, yet this is something we should always remember when times see hard in our life, this song is "Nothing shakes the Hope." by Utica Baptist Church.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A to Z Challenge My favorite Christian Music beginning with M

Hello, well we start today with a new song to me, but it is one that I have come to love in just the first hearing of the song.  It is titled Magnificat and no it has nothing to do with kitties.

This next song by Matthew West is one that always helps me see past the moment I am in and makes me aware that God is always with me and working to make things better.  The song, "Mended"

Now another song that is a great song that every time I hear it, I just feel so positive as if nothing can or will stop me from achieving things.  The song  is "More than I can imagine."

The last song is one many of heard in the 1960's but some of us were unaware that it was a classic hymn.  The song, "Morning has Broken." and is sung by Cat Stevens.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A to Z Challenge My favorite Christian Music L

Well I missed a day. So this is ketchup with no mustard and relish.  So let's begin with one of my all time favorite Christian songs, titled "The Lion and the Lamb"

This is a new version of the song, I have heard Big Daddy Weave' s version exclusively.  This is Bryan Johnson singing this powerful song.

This next song is called Lamb of God the traditional song we have come to know in service.

Lazarus Come Forth performed by the Bishops a song about rising from the dead, spiritually and beyond.  Great song.

This is another classic Hymn we have all heard and sung many time, Let My People Go.

This is a great song that I have heard many times and is very uplifting and joyful, it is performed by Hawk Nelson and is titled  "Live like you're Loved."

No better song to end on than this great song simply titled, "Lord I Lift your name on High,