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What Happens When We Die

If you, like me, enjoy hearing what other people think happens when we die (but prefer not to have to ask them this question yourself) this may be a good film choice.

I don't know (just in case you were wondering).

In fact, I have no idea what happens.

However, intriguingly, I am not in as large of a majority here as I once thought.

As this is my 46th year of life, certainly it crosses...
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Making Friends With Math

I know if I was a reader (which I am) and saw a post titled "Making Friends With Math" (in progress here) I would surely want to read it right away, since in my 45 years to date I still haven't picked up a single clue for how to do this.

But for Shrinivasa Ramanujan, the man about whom it has been said that, "every positive integer was one of personal friends," being besties with numbers...
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How We Choose to Live

Yes, Ove (pronounced "Oh - vey") really is as grumpy as he looks.

When I was struggling to recover from my eating disorder (and depression, and anxiety, and low self-esteem, and codependency) I was pretty preoccupied.

I also thought I pretty much had the worst life in the world.

I couldn't imagine anyone who might be suffering more than me.

I was sure that wasn't possible.

But then I started to get better. And stronger. And suddenly...
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My Discomfort with Poverty

This amazing film finally explained why donations and handouts often don't work.

Recently I watched a documentary film called Poverty, Inc.

It had been in my Netflix queue for a rather long time before I finally watched it.

This, to be honest, is indicative of how I feel about the presence of poverty amongst us it really shouldn't be there, and...
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Faith

How Star Wars is Helping on My Quest for Faith

I was 7 when I first saw "Star Wars."

I think I saw it at least 7 times in the months after it was released.

For years, I chose "Princess Leia" as my Halloween costume (which thankfully at least kept overall costume costs low in our household).

In the interim months and years, my brother and I compiled a massive collection of closely guarded action figures, stored carefully away in our own separate black "Darth Vader" carrying cases.

Why? What was the obsession? Why did I have...
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The Black and White and Grey of Whitey Bulgar

For my dad's birthday a few weeks ago, we took him to see Johnny Depp's new mobster flick, "Black Mass."

The film's focal point, one James "Whitey" Bulger, has kept me thinking and pondering for the last few weeks.

After making several wrong guesses, I had to hunt a bit before finally learning what the film's title, "Black Mass," stands for.

Turns out that a Black Mass is the opposite of the traditional Catholic mass where everyone...
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How to Tell Excitement and Terror Apart

I'm not sure how it slipped my notice for this long that one of my favorite movies, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, had a sequel.

But suffice it to say that, the moment I learned this news, I promptly went out to rent The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Did I find it to be as entertaining as its predecessor (which I happen to own)? Not really.

Was I glad I watched it anyway? You bet.

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