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.

TRACES OF MERCY
by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley
David C. Cook Publishers, 978-0-7814-0869-1
PB, 352 pages, $14.99

As the gray smoke from the Civil War fades, Mercy is in a war with herself, between who she used to be and who she has the possibility of becoming. As she battles her amnesia, Mercy finds romance, but how can she go on with life and love when she does not know the secrets of her past?

Traces of Mercy is not a predictable, cookie-cutter love story; it includes a public hanging...

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When it comes to scary movies, I really like the artfully made ones or those that are so bad that they are as fun as they are scary. A really bad horror movie, in my book, is a mediocre one. The Lazarus Effect has some clever and campy elements, but is too lukewarm to amount to much fear or fun.

In The Lazarus Effect, a group of scientists are working on a serum that could bring patients back from death, allowing doctors more time to cure them of whatever ailment or injury led to their demise...

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Your Social Security benefits can be an important part of your retirement income strategy. But when should you start taking these payments?

You can begin accepting Social Security as early as 62, but your monthly checks will be much smaller than if you wait until your "full retirement age," which will likely be between 66 or 67. And these monthly payments will get even bigger if you wait until age 70, at which point they "max out." So, should you take your Social Security as early as possible...

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On The Daily Show a couple of weeks ago, Colin Firth joked that he got his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service for being the actor who least looked like he could beat someone up, and that his character aggressively taught others their manners. It's true that Firth's character is sort of like a cross between James Bond and Mary Poppins, but that just makes Kingsman all the more fun.

In the movie, Firth plays Harry Hart, a member of the elite spy agency, the Kingsmen, founded by a bunch of...

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HIDDEN IN GOD:
Living as God's Beloved
by James Bryan Smith
Intervarsity Press, 978-0-8308-3575-1, HB
220 pages, $17
When James Bryan Smith began to memorize Colossians 3:1-7, his whole outlook on life changed, and with it, he gained a deeper gratitude and confidence in Jesus. He now writes this book so that readers will find encouragement, refreshment, and enthusiasm in the central truths that come from this passage. Meant to be read as a devotion, or used in a discussion group, this book has...

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Valentine's Day is almost here. And while it's certainly fun to give and receive chocolates and roses, why not go a little deeper this year? Specifically, if you are married, consider using this commemoration of love as a starting point for taking care of your spouse in the future — even if you're not part of it.

Actually, both you and your spouse could designate Valentine's Day as the beginning of your joint efforts to provide financial security for the surviving spouse when one of you is...

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