I spent the better part of December – 27 days(!) – in the hospital navigating a health challenge that I’ve been exploring on and off for the past several years. This experience took things to a whole new level, both in terms of the dis-ease, the hospitalization, and the resulting shift in my understanding of and insights into the meaning of spiritual healing.
As with most Pixar films, there are multiple lenses through which we can watch. The surface-level story is entertaining enough. And when we peel back the layers, we can see how the tale provides deeper insights for our own lives.
Think about this for a moment. The sun, as it appears to “rise” every morning, “move” through the sky during the day, and “set” in the evening, led astronomers of old to conclude that the sun revolved around the earth. It wasn’t until the 16th century that Copernicus informed us […]
When I was a kid, I was a bit of a nerd. I loved to read more than almost anything else. I was riveted by the ways stories could transport me to another place and time, move me to laughter and tears, elicit anger and empathy, and so much more, […]
In anticipation of the Oscars later today, for the final movie metaphysics post exploring some of the 2018 Oscar nominees, we’ll delve into Best Picture nominee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. “Deep down you’re a decent man.” With these words, a character that to this point had no apparent positive […]
I spent many, many years hiding key parts of myself from the world, including friends and family. I did it for a variety of different reasons – I didn’t want to be judged; I didn’t want to disappoint; I didn’t think people would understand; and sometimes I just didn’t want […]
I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. It was always a childhood favorite that I made sure to watch whenever it was on TV. As I’ve watched it as an adult, I’ve come to realize that there are a […]
“His record is a litany of catastrophe.” “We have a drunkard at the wheel.” “I wouldn’t let him borrow my bicycle.” “Winston lacks judgment.” These are all descriptions of Winston Churchill in the latest WWII blockbuster Darkest Hour, which depicts the epic challenges the […]
Like many men, my husband loves war movies. So getting him the DVD of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk for Christmas was a bit of a no-brainer. As we watched it last week, a number of metaphysical themes jumped out at me. One scene, in particular, reminded me of how our beliefs about and perceptions of reality shape our experience.