Waynedale Opinion Articles

Our local writers give you insight of their original opinions on the latest Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana news and entertainment topics. Movie, restaurant, show and event reviews are in this section.

You may be too busy to realize it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Health Resource Network, a non-profit health education group, Stress Awareness Month is designed to promote awareness about ways to reduce stress in our lives. And if you’re a member of the so-called “Sandwich Generation,” you may well have plenty of stress to deal with — especially financial stress. And that’s why you may want to look at this month as an opportunity to explore ways of “de-stressing”...

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COUNTER CULTURE
by David Platt
Tyndale House
PB, 256 pages

Counter Culture is a call to Christians and all faith-based people to step away from the way the world is doing things. Platt claims that the world’s obsession with pornography, with same-sex marriage, with racism and sex slavery, and with abortion should be viewed the same way people view wars, poverty, persecution and forced exile, and the neglect of orphans and widows. That is, Platt argues that people with high morals need to stand up...

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Between Gilmore Girls and Ghostbusters, Melissa McCarthy continues to pick projects certain to keep her career rolling. I find the projects where she has more creative control more interesting, even if, like The Boss, the results are not entirely successful.

The Boss centers on the rise and fall, or fall and rise, of Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), a business mogul who is like a cross between Suze Orman, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump (a la The Apprentice). After serving time for insider...

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Now that spring has officially sprung, you might look around your home and decide it’s time for some sprucing up. But you don’t have to confine your efforts to your house and yard – you can also engage in a little “spring cleaning” in your investment portfolio.

Here are a few suggestions for doing just that:

•“Dust off” your investment strategy.
Dusting is a big part of spring cleaning. Light fixtures, shelves, windowsills – they can all acquire layers of dust and grime that need to be whisked...

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding was the second movie I ever reviewed for this paper, back when I didn’t even have a driver’s license yet, and my parents had to drive me to the theater. It was a charming sleeper hit that became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. I was one of its many fans, just as I was one of the many people skeptical that its sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 could be anything other than a corny disaster. I’m going to put myself out there with a probably unpopular...

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The Makings of a Great Novel
TWICE A SLAVE
by Sammy Tippit and Randy Willis
SamRan Publishing
PB, 306 pages

American slavery is a sensitive subject, and few people know that African-Americans were not the only people sold as slaves. Twice A Slave is about one of those people: Joseph Willis (1748-1854), a preacher who planted many of the first Baptist churches in Louisiana. Whereas Joseph’s father was an Englishman, his mother was a Cherokee slave, and when his father died Joseph became a slave to...

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