I got the chance to see an early screening of the new horror film and film festival favorite, Hereditary, followed by a live-streamed Q&A with the director, Ari Aster. When asked about what he was trying to accomplish with the film, he recounted how he wanted to make a movie about trauma and grief
School may be out for the summer, but you can still get in a lesson or two on American history thanks to two recent documentaries: RBG and Bobby Kennedy for President.
RBG documents the life and legal career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It follows the Notorious RBG from her childhood
June is a popular month for weddings. If you are planning on tying the knot this month, it’s an exciting time, but be aware that being married might affect you in unexpected ways – including the way you invest. If you and your new spouse both earn fairly high incomes, you may find that you are
From Making a Murderer to The Keepers, true crime has become a big genre for Netflix. I happen to be a huge true crime fan, so this week, I’m rounding up an assortment of true crime options on Netflix, along with a book recommendation and two podcasts.
The latest big true crime project on Netflix
A few generations ago, it was not uncommon for workers to stick with a single job for their whole careers. But for many of us today, frequent job changes are a fact of life: The average employee tenure is just over four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, assuming you’re going
Although Mother’s Day is a holiday meant to celebrate the joys of mothering and the impact those who mother have on all of our lives, mothers and motherhood itself can cause conflicting feelings for many people. Whether it’s a mother who feels in over her head, or a person who never had a caring
Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles.
If you are terrified by the idea of sharing your faith with your friends and even the strangers around you every day, then this book is not for you. However, if you are a Christian with a heart that desires to see the world embrace the good news of the gospel, then this book is a must-read.
With its enormous budget and relative freedom, Netflix has an opportunity to support smaller, innovative films that would likely flounder at the theater. With this opportunity, however, comes mixed results. This week, I watched an independent movie I loved and one I was not so sold on.
In 6 Balloons,
Tax Season is finally over. Of course, how much you pay in taxes depends on a variety of factors, many of which you can’t control. But you might give some thought to how you can manage your investment-related taxes.
Here are some suggestions to consider:
•Contribute to your employer’s retirement
If you’re in your twenties or thirties, you might be starting to focus more on investing to reach your financial goals. Because of this, you also may be more attuned to moves in the financial markets. Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the bull market of the past nine years, so
It’s a special treat when a scary movie is also a beautiful film. A Quiet Place, a new monster movie from John Krasinski, infuses 90 minutes of uncomfortable suspense with a touching story of familial love. It also features impeccable sound design and outstanding performances from Krasiniski, his
What intrigues me most about this novel is that it takes something miraculous and makes it convincing. The story’s main character, Ian Moore, has the incredible ability to take hold of two people’s arms and to transfer years out of one and into the other, so that the old get young and the young
You may have seen an article floating around about the movies on Netflix that are too scary for people to finish. I think a few items on that list are there due to gore and low quality, but I can say that when I saw The Conjuring in the theater (to review it for this paper), I was tempted to walk
The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the “spring cleaning” concept to your financial environment, too.
BUILDING THE BODY: 12 CHARACTERISTICS OF A FIT CHURCH
By Gary L. McIntosh and Phil Stevenson, Baker Books, PB, 224 pages
What does it mean to be physically “healthy?” What about “fit?” Is there a difference between the two? These are the questions McIntosh and Stevenson explore in this book.
By Samuel Parker Revell
PB, 283 pages
Jack and Laura are a married couple who ventured to Las Vega in an attempt to rekindle a dying marriage. Colten is a gas station clerk. Red is a sheriff. Molly is a runaway teen looking for adventure in Los Angeles. Boots is a lonely man who lives
As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What’s behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?
Let’s look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?
Not long ago, I watched Heathers, the 1989 dark comedy about a teen girl (Winona Ryder) whose deranged boyfriend (Christian Slater) keeps killing their classmates and making it look like suicide. Whereas Heathers, now a cult classic, is bitingly funny and a little too “very” (in the words of the
Some movies I watch and forget. Others make me come home and hit Google. For example, the latest Marvel film, Black Panther, had me looking into Afrofuturism, the fusion of sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction and afrocentrism that made Black Panther seem so unique in the superhero genre.
A STORY OF AUTISM, FAITH, AND DETERMINED PARENTING
By Karla Akins, Kregel Publications, PB, 219 pages
Karla Akins and her husband adopted premature twin boys, Isaiah and Isaac, when they were only a few days old. As the boys grew, she noted certain distinct signs of abnormality in the way the boys
I have lived in Waynedale since 1970. I have seen changes in that time. One, is that as a community, we are not as clean as we used to be. I bike and walk around our fine little hamlet. I like seeing what my neighbors are doing with their front yards, to get some ideas.
We have a lot of homes where
If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn’t need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn’t that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?
In 2016, I got to visit The Winchester Mystery House. It was a long-time dream to go see Sarah Winchester’s 160 room mansion outside of San Jose, California, and it far exceeded my expectations. Winchester was the heir to her husband’s wealth earned from the Winchester Repeating Arms Company as
Like everyone, you want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle when you retire. But a successful retirement doesn’t just happen – it requires a lot of planning. And that’s why it’s a good idea to draw up a “pre-retiree checklist.”
Such a checklist might look like this:
Twenty years before retirement: