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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.

GRAVITY - AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER

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I think 90 minutes is a perfect movie length. Many of my favorite films clock in between 90 and 100 minutes-enough time to tell a story, but short enough to encourage cutting scenes that slow down the pace without adding anything. Gravity, the latest film from director Alfonso Cuarón, is just 90 minutes long, but in that time it takes the audience on an emotional and suspenseful journey through space.

Gravity opens on a trio of astronauts carrying out a mission to install a devise developed by...

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SAINT FRANCIS AND BROTHER DUCK - BOOK NOOK

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SAINT FRANCIS AND BROTHER DUCK
by Jay Stoeckl Paraclete
978-61261-159-4, PB
137 pages, $15.99

One of the most influential saints of the Christian faith comes to life in this new graphic novel. Set at the height of the Roman Empire, the story of Francis of Assisi is retold, with the only fictional character being Brother Duck, Francis's funny and sarcastic side-kick. Join Francis and Brother Duck as they adventure through the key events of Francis's life while they discover and learn how to follow...

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CONFLICTS IN SYRIA

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The clouds of a new Middle Eastern conflict have started gathering on the horizon. This time there is no question that the storm brings chemical weapons with it. In August hundreds of people--including many boys and girls--died in Syria from the effects of Sarin nerve gas. Thousands more have died in Syria from conventional fighting in the last year as Sunni rebel forces have tried to oust the Alawite government of Syrian president Assad who has allies in both Iran and Russia. The Alawites...

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CONSIDER YOUR INVESTMENT STRATEGY … AT EACH “SEASON” OF YOUR LIFE

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Fall is almost officially here — and if you're like most people, you're probably wondering how summer went by so fast. Those trips to the lake or the beach are fading in memory now, giving way to helping kids with homework, raking leaves and the other rites of autumn. And just as your day-to-day tasks change with the seasons, so, too, will your money management and investment activities at different phases of your life.

Here's how these scenarios might look:
Phase one: Planning for...

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PRISONERS - AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER

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This week, Prisoners, a psychological thriller starting Hugh Jackman, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal, takes the torture techniques we've seen in military thrillers this year and uses them in a domestic setting, pushing the boundaries of familial duty.

Prisoners opens with two families sharing Thanksgiving together in a quiet Pennsylvania suburb. Nancy (Viola Davis) and Franklin Branch (Terrence Howard)--a vet and a high school music teacher—host Grace (Maria Bello) and Keller Dover (Hugh...

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A SIMPLE SONG - THE BOOK NOOK

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A SIMPLE SONG
By Melody Carlson Revell
978-0-8007-2225-8, PB
280 pages, $12.99

After the sudden death of her grandmother, a singing legend, Katrina Yoder is curious about what it would be like to live her dream as a professional singer. But Katrina is Amish, and her family does not agree with singing for "vainglory." When Katrina's friend encourages her to audition for the TV show, American Star, Katrina thinks it is out of the question. However, when her dad's crippling back injury worsens and...

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