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Selma [Movie Review]

January 29, 2015

SelmaTwo horrific episodes in the history of the American South bracket the story of Selma the movie. Within minutes of the opening, little girls at church in Birmingham are massacred by a bomb left in the church building which housed a black congregation. By the end of the movie, we witness the brutal beating of peaceful marchers by government forces.

In between these racist acts of violence, we witness the personal and organizational push to be able to exercise the right to vote. The organizational push is led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Sojourn Music has released its latest CD. As a former member of Sojourn Church in Louisville, it is always with great joy that I experience the music they produce. God has amazingly gifted men and women in this church as modern day psalmists. Mike Cosper leads this ministry and has a great heart for the Lord and his church.

In addition to my previous connection, the keyboard player (Jonathan Barahona) from my current church (First Boynton) plays on this CD. He currently resides in Louisville and has connected with this ministry.

I have listened to all of the tracks on this work, but the one that stands out is Let Justice Roll (track #4). I previously saw online Mike Cosper refer to this song. When Barahona was in town for Christmas, this is the song he recommended to me.

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Meeting George Strait

June 7, 2014

straitToday is the day for the final George Strait concert. He will be performing at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas at the age of 62. It should be some farewell as The Cowboy Rides Away.

Strait has 44 #1 songs on his resume and has sold more gold and platinum albums than anybody except for Elvis and The Beatles. While I am working, I have my Pandora set to the George Strait channel.

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84We are going back to 1987 for this movie review. Recently I was scrolling through the listing guide for television when I noticed a movie that top billed Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. That list piqued my attention. When I saw that it was a movie was put out by Mel Brooks film company, I almost passed it by. I did not have any interest in an unknown cousin of Blazing Saddles.

I am so glad that the Anthony Hopkins appeal to me overruled the Mel Brooks disinterest. This movie was well worth the time and I highly recommend it.

The movie will not appeal to those who need explosions, chases, sex and violence in their flicks. It will certainly appeal to those who are Angliophiles and bibliophiles. In the opening scenes set in post World War II, Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) searches for out of print English Literature books in the bookstores of New York City. Hanff eventually writes to an antiquarian book shoppe in London manned by Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins).

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