“Laocoön” by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
A lot changed last week.
We’re searching for our third superintendent in two months. Good job, everyone.
We’re a laughing stock.
A media frenzy has descended upon the town — and why wouldn’t it? It’s a straightforward story. Drop in for a few hours, shoot some B-roll, get a few hard-hitting quotes, and you’re back at the station with a burger and fries by noon. Easy as apple pie. If you wanted to go the extra mile, close the 45-second segment with a few sound bites from a fiery school board meeting and you have your whipped cream and cherry, too.
But our situation is far from easy and far less tasty.
Investigations. Backstabbing. Money down the drain. We’re about as distracted and directionless as a toddler in a Toys-R-Us. More accusations are flying in town than fingers at a Five-Finger Discount Symposium hosted by the Kleptomaniac Association of America. And, just as it would be hard to finger who stole what from the electronics section of a struggling Sears, we, too, have many unanswered questions.
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“The Fall of Phaeton” by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
There are few places for children as political as the gym. Friends, enemies, cliques, and out-groups congeal here. Rumors slip past heated negotiations of lunchtime trades before dodgeballs replace lunch tables. It’s a microcosm of Darwinism, survival of the fittest. For those deficient in school’s societal expectations, the gym is purgatory. It’s political for parents, too.
Last night’s Tecumseh Public Schools board meeting took place in a gym—awkwardly lit with a sound system as unqualified for its job as Supt. Ryan Rhoades. Maybe the problem wasn’t the sound system, but the hushed discussions among board members, conversing with one another in private during an open meeting, tip-toeing toward an Open Meetings Act violation.
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It’s a chilly January evening as I finish my year-end list of exceptional horror movies. Picking 10 standout films seemed more difficult this year than last. Does that mean extraordinary horror was hard to find or was horror in general operating at such a high level that it was difficult to choose just 10 for this list? Honestly, I don’t know, and I don’t care. Horror and genre filmmaking is on a rampage with audiences and critics alike finding box-office gems within the traditional confines the of horror label.
This list is in no particular order because it’s difficult to accurately compare the timely #MeToo themes of Revenge with the comedic joyfulness of Tragedy Girls. I do have my favorite, but you’ll have to ask.
Continue reading “My Top 10 Horror Movies Of 2018”
On Nov. 6, Michigan voters will head to the ballot box to decide the fate of Prop 1 – legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. We’re more than a month away from the election, and opponents to the proposal are coming out in full force.
This week, Michigan Law Enforcement agencies coordinated press conferences across the state to roll out trite talking points (below), that border on propaganda, about negatives of legalizing marijuana.
Except for the majority of the talking points are either taken out of the context of the study or come for studies that contain conclusions that contradict the talking point altogether.
Below are just a few of the inconsistencies with the presented talking points along with links to the cited studies and articles so you can judge for yourself.
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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Horror is on a massive roll. The last several years have produced some phenomenal indie horror gems mainstream audiences are either just now discovering or have shunned altogether because “indie” still has negative connotations. But boy, was 2017 different. It’s a year where both mainstream and independent horror got its acceptance as a genre that’s more than blood and guts—even if they are a genre mainstay.
For as great as mainstream or theatrical horror was in 2017, independent gems outshined a majority of those big-budget productions. Horror in 2017 proved the genre can be something more, and with GET OUT and THE SHAPE OF WATER getting Oscar recognition while still falling in the genre—well, that’s just icing on the cake.
Now that 2017 is over, here are my top 10 horror movies of last year. Go and watch these. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Image by Robert Freiberger via Flickr
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
What happened in Las Vegas was not tragic. It was expected, and expected violence can never really be that tragic. Yes, to those affected, the shooting is beyond tragedy—beyond the comprehension of human emotions. To America, though, Las Vegas is just another relapse of its habitual affliction.
What is tragic is allowing the expected to happen. Yes, the killer may have still been able to reach the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and open fire on concertgoers, regardless of any new gun laws and regulations, or mental health services being provided, but doing something is better than doing nothing. Trying is better than failing.
Continue reading “This will happen again, and again, and again”