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  • Review: 'Wrap Your Heart Around It' a confessional that holds you rapt

    Review: 'Wrap Your Heart Around It' a confessional that holds you rapt
    In “Wrap Your Heart Around It,” Nashville singer-songwriter and accordionist LynnMarie Rink lays out her life lessons with abundant humor and heroic honesty. Before this stunning solo confessional has ended, we’re not only at one with Rink, we’re ready to take up the accordion ourselves.
  • Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Helping students find their voice

    I like to find the origin of circumstance. Going back to the roots of such and then looking from the bottom up gives an understanding of cause and effect. I've always enjoyed writing and attribute this proclivity to my high school English teacher,...

    Film Review: 'Like Father, Like Son' is subtly complex

    Film Review: 'Like Father, Like Son' is subtly complex
    The films of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda are a tough sell. At their worst — which would be “Maborosi” (1995), his first feature — they can be crushingly dull. At their best — like, say, “Nobody Knows”...

    Film Review: 'The Hunt' tackles social problems

    Film Review: 'The Hunt' tackles social problems
    On one level, Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" is a species of "social problem" cinema; but more compellingly it's a slow-burn thriller. The publicity tries to avoid specifying the film's central issue, but one is likely to guess early on what the focus...

    The Crosby Chronicles: Observing Banned Books Week

    ++++++++++++++++++++ || Since this week is Banned Books Week, and since one of my colleagues over at Glendale High School is fighting for Truman Capote’s "In Cold Blood" to be approved as a book to teach to advanced 11th grade English students,...