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.

Reflections On Christmas

 

Every year at this time I always look for Charles Schultz's rendition of A Charlie Brown Christmas on television. I know that that dates me. That TV special is almost as old as dirt, now. It was produced in 1965. Charles Schultz did us an incredible favor, when he introduced the idea that we were in danger of losing the real message of Christmas, the birth of the Christ child, and replacing it with instead the commercialization of Christmas.

Oh, I know. We...

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The 1950's are often viewed as an "Era of Good Feelings" so to speak. World War II had ended and the men were all home. Women were shuttled back to the kitchens to become June Cleaver types and the nuclear family was prominent. A woman was allowed to go to college in spite of her expectations at home, and was perfectly capable balancing the two. Everyone was happy and fulfilled...or so pop-culture would lead one to believe.

Mona Lisa Smile takes a deeper look at the women of the 50's, in...

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Oooooohhh I just have to tell you, I'm back. Wayne and I went south again. We're looking for someplace to retire to where it's warm the year around and we can sunbathe au natural. I think it looks tacky to have to put on a sweater to keep your shoulders warm when strolling the beach barefoot up to our chins. We do have matching cardigans so it isn't too bad. At least we have a pocket to carry our car keys.

We came back and learned that Ray McCune was down sick and that he didn't get to go...

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FRIGHTENED BACK INTO THE FOLD

 

Eighty years ago Kemal Ataturk, the father of the modern Turkish republic, ended the Islamic caliphate. Not since the days of the prophet Muhammad had the Muslim community, the Umma, gone without a supreme religious-political leader. This didn't exactly endear Ataturk to the faithful. A Syrian Muslim once told me, "Turkey has strayed off the path but we have hope that someday they will come back into the fold of Islam." The four horrific bombings last week...

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How far would I go to protect those I love? How can one choice change my life? What events created my reality? Just how deep can a "guy's" movie be? Mystic River starring Sean Penn (I Am Sam), Tim Robbins (The Truth About Charlie), Kevin Bacon (Hollow Man), Laura Linney (The Life of David Gale), and Marcia Gay Harden (Casa de Los Babys) sparked these questions and more.

Mystic River is the thrilling story of three friends Jimmy (Penn), Sean (Bacon), and Dave (Robbins). When the boys are...

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REFLECTIONS ON HOLIDAYS

 

Psalm 122:1-4 RSV

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

"I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!" {2} Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! {3} Jerusalem, built as a city which is bound firmly together, {4} to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD."

The holidays are almost upon us. By the time you read this, American Thanksgiving Day will be upon...

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