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Thank You For Your Service!

The sacrifices of the military are lost on most Americans. It has become customary to thank those serving in the military for their service. What are we thanking them for? The military is war weary. Deployments are more frequent and conflicts seem interminable—now decades long (Stop-Loss, 2008). Prolonged military sequestration is showing up in equipment failure and training lapses. For most citizens this fact is lost on them. While there are close to 1.4 million people serving in the U.S. armed forces, this amounts to .04% of the American population. Unless one lives in or near Fayetteville, North Carolina, Fort Hood, Texas, or Coronado, California the rhythm and cost of military life is un

We Need Fictionalized Heroes Because Real Life Sucks

Gone are our real life heroes. It’s time for some make-believe ones. Storytelling cultural creatives must come to the rescue. We are living through a necessary national catharsis of sexual misbehavior. I presume that the reality is far worse than is being reported. But the nightly news is no longer “family friendly.” The litany of perversions across a host of industries leaves one disgusted. Social trust is in the toilet. Heroes and integrity appear to be in short supply. Culturally we will suffer scandal PTSD. Hollywood directors and television showrunners have a special responsibility in times like this. Social scientists and storytelling cultural creatives both know the power of story. St

What Are You Smoking in Your Pipe?

When people see me smoking my pipe, they often mutter, “You’re kind of ‘old school.’” I always reply with a twinkle in my eye, “It depends on what one is smoking in the pipe!” Pipe smoking is experiencing resurgence, mainly because of millennial males, who worry about the dangers of cigarettes and the image of cigars. Pipes are a happy medium and are much more social than either of the other alternatives. I’ve smoked a pipe off and on since graduate school. At the University of Maryland where I received my doctorate, I got a TA job in the English Department for a professor who taught film. I was literally paid to watch movies... and grade papers. I’ve probably read 1,000 papers on Hitchcock’

Two Ways to Talk about Windows

There are two ways to talk about a window. We can talk about its construction as is typical of an Anderson Replacement commercial. Or we can talk about it as a portal in a home that allows one to see unexpected vistas. New Copernicans see windows as more than a commodity architectural feature to a house. For the ancients, nature was just such a window. It was an icon or portal to a deeper spiritual reality—one doesn't look at it but through it. When a black bird flew across an ancient’s path, he or she immediately wondered what it meant about their spiritual condition. They had a natural connection with nature and to realities beyond nature to which nature pointed. Nature was to the ancients

Am I Ready to Hug a Witch?

There are many people who are not comfortable with witches. I don’t mean “Halloween witches” or “witches-as-metaphor,” but real witches who believe in curses, hexes, and jinxes. They are the last of our neighbors we might bring home to dinner. Not so New Copernicans. They are embracing the occult warmly. Michelle Goldberg writes of this phenomena in her op-ed in the New York Times, “Season of the Witch.” Traditional Christians will tend to respond that the occult is not safe. They prefer their “pagans” to be urban secular academic evolutionary biology atheists. Give me the professor, not the witch. Such attitudes reflect two errors. First, it abandons the more important cultural front line a

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