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In Memoriam for Mother's Day

Mother's Day holds several different meanings for me. With each year that passes, a new mother appears. Most recently, my sister had a son. I also have ten nieces mothered by four women in my family. Several of my old friends have children. Sadly, I have no children of my own, but I have three mother figures who have played crucial roles in my life: my step-mother, my adoptive mother, and the focus of today's post, my biological mother.

Posted on 2015 May 11 by Cara

Unfriended is a simple story shot from the point of view of Blaire Lily's laptop as she struggles to investigate the person behind a serious and distasteful hacking.

Someone had hacked the Skype account of her deceased friend, Laura Barns, who had committed suicide exactly one year previous.

Even more distasteful was the reason she ended her life.

A humiliating video of her had gone viral. 

Posted on 2015 May 11 by Cara
Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Jones is a poor house cleaner with questionable citizenship status. Her father is murdered before she is born, and her mother becomes a harsh workaholic. Despite her humble lifestyle, Jupiter can't help but sense that her destiny involves something greater. She is correct.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24 by Cara
Christ, the Humble

Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”

There are days where I am very ashamed and embarrassed to call myself a Christian.

The behavior associated with the Christian name is appalling. I hear it everywhere.

There are websites dedicated to it.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19 by Cara
While She Was Out

Some will say, "Difficult times develop character."

Others say, "Difficult times reveal character."

I have to say I prefer the latter.

True character is always bubbling beneath the surface.

Some people just need an extra push to show it.

Such is the case with housewife Della Myers.

Posted on 2014 Dec 15 by Cara
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

I've heard quite a bit of outcry over this incredible film, because of the lack of war and violence.

It's true that this film does not return the viewers to the arena.

However, the time for arenas is over. 

Posted on 2014 Dec 02 by Cara
Far From Home

One hit wonder author and struggling associate professor Nicholas Boyd is suddenly called back to his childhood home when his uncle Charles dies.

We learn very early in the film that he spends his youth with a great passion for writing.

However, somewhere along the way that passion completely extinguishes. 

Posted on 2014 Nov 10 by Cara
The Town that Came A-Courtin’

This is a film that takes meddling friends and neighbors to a whole new level. Though I cannot imagine the event in Bliss, Mississippi anything close to reality, there is a certain level of entertainment involved, not to mention a feeling of security for the hero, Mayor Spencer Alexander.

Posted on 2014 Nov 09 by Cara
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek

Our experiences affect are ability to trust others. T

hey even shape who we our as people.

In the film Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, such is the case for Rachel Troyer, a young single policewoman, who lost her parents at a very young age. Her experiences made her easily suspicious and very protective of her adopted family.

Posted on 2014 Nov 08 by Cara
Ineffective Election Campaigns

Have you ever noticed how Christmas songs and advertisements begin the day after Halloween. Stores even put out Christmas decorations before Halloween. I know people who find that extremely annoying. Personally I don't mind Christmas tunes in November, because there is one thing I find more annoying.

Posted on 2014 Nov 08 by Cara
Apple Mortgage Cake

Angela Logan is a struggling woman with three sons, a crippling mortgage, and her grandmother’s recipe. She is so far behind on her mortgage that she cannot even afford a cell phone or to fix her car.

Despite it all, she still prefers to volunteer to help people over working herself to death for a salary. And she refuses to lets her sons drop out of school to get jobs.

That is until she gets the foreclosure notice that gives her ten days to pay $4000. However, she refuses to give up on her dream.

Posted on 2014 Oct 10 by Cara
End the Silence

Phones have become a vital part of our everyday lives. With every passing year the technology industry surprises us with amazing, useful upgrades. I wouldn't be surprised if laptops and tablet become obsolete in a few years. We love upgrading our phones.

Posted on 2014 Oct 08 by Cara
Basic Tips for Network Security

In light of a recent security breach suffered by my wife and many others who's websites were shut down by hackers, I thought I'd give some basic tips on keeping yourself safe online and keeping your information out of the hands of criminals. Before I do this, however, I want to make it clear that nothing can give you a 100% guarantee of anonymity or guarantee that your information can't be compromised. The idea behind network security, at least in my view, is to make it difficult enough to steal your data that criminals bypass your information for other, easier targets.

Posted on 2014 Oct 07 by Randy
Back In Action

Praise be to God. The website  is back in action with no harm done. On the other hand, I expect not every website that has fallen victim to these ruthless hackers had the same pleasing experience. As I have mentioned before, I do not require credit card numbers from my readers. Few websites can make that claim. Therefore, I URGE you to be very cautious about your online activity. It is dangerous out there. This kind of thing happens all the time, and it won't be the last.

Posted on 2014 Oct 07 by Cara

Maleficent is an incredible twist on Sleeping Beauty told from the side of the “wicked fairy.” She begins as a pure child whose soul goal in life is to care for and protect her forest, but she descends into a hateful existence when her wings are stolen from her. Her anger sends her down a path of darkness. Her anger is what drives her to curse Princess Aurora, daughter of the man who stole her wings. 

Posted on 2014 Sep 25 by Cara
Coffee Shop

In these days it is hardly surprising to see a small business shut down, whether it be a small customer base, unbeatable competition, or a crippling mortgage. It breaks my heart to see it, especially for business owners who work so hard. Among these hard working business owners is Donovan Turner, a small town barista who prides herself in guiding her customers to their perfect drink. It is unfortunate for her that her talent is not enough to keep her coffee shop open. It is more unfortunate that what she has in terms of coffee match-making, she lacks in social grace.

Posted on 2014 Sep 09 by Cara
Christ, the Forgiver

There are several more like it. It is a running theme in the Bible. You MUST forgive others if you have any hope to find forgiveness from God.


Not only is it a necessity in the faith, but also a necessity in a person's way of being. I have seen first-hand what the refusal to forgive does to one's mind. In fact, I struggled with it myself.

Posted on 2014 Aug 04 by Cara
What Would Jesus Do?

Matthew 7:1 says, "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged." (NLT)

The other day I was faced with a serious question. 

It was a question intend to make me doubt my beliefs, my relationships, my loyalty and my very self. 

What is the Christian thing to do? 

What is does it mean to be a Christian?

Who was Jesus Christ"

Posted on 2014 Jul 06 by Cara
Must See Holiday Films

Christmas is almost upon us. I love Christmas. The music, the decorations, and the giving give me a sense of hope for the upcoming year. Mostly, I love the cinema. The Hallmark channel is bursting with Christmas romances, but I have compiled a list of absolute must-see classic Christmas films. I urge you to take the time to watch them with your family and friends.

Posted on 2013 Dec 16 by Cara
Frozen - What is True Love?

Frozen blew me away. All of the Disney princess films blow me away as of late (Brave, Tangled, etc). Their stories empower women instead of sitting her down to wait for her man. Frozen takes you on a rollercoaster ride of thrill and emotion. Just when you think you have the villain figured out, it surprises you.

The Gospel of John says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”


Posted on 2013 Dec 10 by Cara
Ender's Game

My younger brother insisted that I read the amazing book. He said it was brilliant. He said it was descriptive. He said it was one of the best books he had read. He was correct. You can imagine both my joy and suspicion when I first saw the trailer for the film. The story bore the potential for a great work of art. Just in time for today’s technological ability for startling CGI. However, Hollywood has an annoying habit of failing to live up to the hype it creates. 

Posted on 2013 Nov 20 by Cara
National Novel Writing Month

I know I haven't been around much in the past two weeks. Allow me to explain that I have been writing; it is writing of a different kind. November is National Novel Writing Month, or most would recognize it as NaNoWriMo. I consider it to be a brilliant means for accountability. The challenge: to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Granted, it doesn't allow much free time. However, it gets the novel finished.

Posted on 2013 Nov 16 by Cara
The Purge - "You must not murder."

Imagine a world where America is the most prosperous in its entire history. Employment and housing is at an all time high. Crime is essentially nonexistent. All is well with the world. What is the cause of this miraculous recovery? At what cost has America achieved this so-called success?

Posted on 2013 Nov 01 by Cara

Epic is a very pleasing story of life vs. death. It explores an unknown world of tiny woodland people in charge of keep the forest alive. However, they face an evil army of beings led by Mandrake devoted to rot and decay who want to destroy the forest. The responsibility falls to Queen Tara to preserve the future of the forest by choosing an heiress to carry on her work.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15 by Cara
After Earth

Kitai Raige, a young cadet crash lands with his father out of space onto the most dangerous planet in the Universe. He is a man plagued by fear and guilt through tragic events in his past. However, he must put the past aside in order to make a hike through the dangerous terrain in order to save both of them. 

Posted on 2013 Oct 15 by Cara
Chris Cox takes matters into his own hands.

We have officially reached Day 10 of the government shutdown, and the American people continue to suffer without their jobs. Each day that passes without a solution from the from the government makes me angry and doubtful. It makes me reminiscent of the old belief that government jobs were secure. No longer. Everyday, the news reports explode with stories about citizens whose lives have been damaged by the shutdown. Business has slowed. Layoffs have occurred. The security of this nation is at risk. Things just are not getting done.

Posted on 2013 Oct 10 by Cara
What is the true value in knowledge?

Don't blame the student.

With the economy continuing to slip and the rising percentage of people seeking a higher education, there has been a lot of talk about higher education losing its value. It used to be that less than 20% of the U.S. population obtained collage degrees and even less obtain master's degrees.

Posted on 2013 Oct 02 by Cara
Government Shutdown

Today was the first day of the Government Shutdown. I have to admit I'm disappointed that this happened. I prayed every second until midnight that it wouldn't. Now that it has, I pray that a logical decision is made as quickly as possible, and that the decision is made with the American people's interests in mind. My prayers also go out to the workers who will not receive an income during this shutdown.

Posted on 2013 Oct 02 by Cara
The Real Face of Jesus

I caught the show on the history channel one Sunday, and it was a remarkable broadcast. I’d never hear of the Shroud of Turin before watching “The Real Face of Jesus.” The show was incredibly detailed and unbiased. They laid down a lot of facts and history, but it allowed the viewer to make the decision. On the other hand it leaves many unanswered questions.

Posted on 2013 Sep 25 by Cara
R.I.P.D. - Moving on isn't easy.

Police Officer Nick is basically a good man with a heart to serve his city and a dedication to his marriage. However, like everyone else in the world, he is flawed. He allows his partner to involve him in theft. For that, he’s branded a dirty cop and faces severe judgment when his partner murders him. 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

Posted on 2013 Sep 15 by Cara
My Account of September 11th.

It was a warm Tuesday morning in Turlock, California when I received news of the World Trade Center bombing. As I was tying my shoes in my final task of getting ready for school, the last thing I expected to happen was my youngest brother bursting through my bedroom door screaming that the twin towers had been bombed. But it did.

Posted on 2013 Sep 12 by Cara
The Lost Medallion

“A true, great king will find the courage to serve others,” says our story’s king of legend.

The Lost Medallion is unlike any children’s film I’ve ever reviewed. It is jammed with action, island exploration, treasure hunting, mystery, and magic. When I was a child, I played adventure games with my friends and siblings very similar to this plot.

Posted on 2013 Sep 07 by Cara
Two steps forward, one step back.

My heart goes out to the Senior Pastoral staff of Freedom House Church tonight. After the backlash of a racist email sent to their volunteers from Pastor Makeda Pennycooke, they are sure to lose members. What is also likely to suffer is their strong reputation of its acceptance of all races.

Posted on 2013 Sep 07 by Cara
Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is a national holiday to honor American workers for their contribution to society. Every first Monday of September is given back to the people for rest. At least, government employees get today.

Posted on 2013 Sep 02 by Cara


We’ve all had terrible birthdays. We’ve all felt a stall in our lives. We’ve all faced unemployment, especially in this economy. This is how we find ourselves stuck in life. We become so focused on making end meet that we lose sight of our purpose. We lose sight of God. 

What’s your gift?

What’s your passion?

How can you use it to glorify God?

Posted on 2013 Aug 31 by Cara

FamilyFrom where, may I ask, did this Christian obsession with family come?

It didn't come from Scripture. It didn't come from Christ who remained single. It didn't come from Saint Paul who remained single. I don't condemn marriage, having children, or my brothers and sisters in Christ who've been married. I am merely questioning how far we go to encourage it.

Posted on 2013 Aug 30 by admin

How much would you be willing to believe in order to save someone you love?

How far into the depths of a dark, invisible world would you go?

Posted on 2013 Aug 27 by admin

BibleIt is astonishing how many Christians today do not read their scripture everyday. If an unbeliever asked you a question about a verse, could you answer it? Would you understand the context? I remember a time when a friend of mine challenged my decision not to have children. He thought all Christians were required by the Bible to have many children.

Posted on 2013 Aug 27 by admin

With a fresh approach comes a fresh webpage.

Posted on 2013 Aug 27 by admin
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