First up: confession. I have a deep connection with The Parody News Network. Not only am I friends with the awesome creator, fellow author Stephen Lomer, but I act and occasionally write for this series as well. Honestly, its the most fun you can have without running away to the circus.
Briefly, the Parody News Network asks the question: what would happen if the things that happened in movies were reported on the news (with a few jokes and gags thrown in?). And that launched hundreds of episodes, ranging from the classics like Singing in the Rain to Downton Abbey and Saw. There's a new episode each Friday (I don't know how Stephen does it, but he does!) and they're all super fun, bite-sized comedy goodness.
So why do I bring it up now? Because it's Christmas and every year, a new crop of Christmas movie classics fall subject to the wit of the Parody News Network team. There's the Hallmark episode, A Christmas Carol, Rudolph, and, yes, Die Hard is on the holiday list. My personal favorite is White Christmas (posted below) - but that may only be because A. Its acted to perfection and B. I wrote it (and there are sooo many inside jokes!)
PNN not only does Christmas, but movies the whole year round and Halloween is an especially good time to check them out. (My favorite character to play is Lenore, a Goth girl with no personality to spare.) But this holiday season, do yourself a favor and check out one of these videos. It'll give you a laugh and a lift.
LogoSophia Magazine is an ecumenical musing on the religion, life, and culture. It's a quarterly magazine (with a weekly blog online) that delves into every aspect of life, from Sunday morning worship traditions to musings on the virtues featured in Sailor Moon. Each print magazine is centered around a theme (this summer, it was "God & Country - an Issue of Patriotism") and attempts to view any given subject from multiple viewpoints. It is heartfelt, respectful, and thought-provoking.
Helmed by the redoubtable Sarah Levesque and featuring contributors from all over and from every walk of Christian life, LogoSophia is one to watch. Submissions are welcome and, in a feature I particularly like, you can listen to the magazine, often read by the writers themselves.
I've contributed a few pieces in the past and have been interviewed with my sister on The Encounter Series. But beyond my affectionate regard for a publication that has published me, LogoSophia is well worth looking into, both as an example of ecumenism, but also as an example of strength, courage, and determination. Publishing a magazine is no easy feat - but these folks make it look easy!
LogoSophia Magazine is dedicated to creating and cultivating connections, unity and understanding between Christian denominations, under the leadership of an elected Editor in Chief.
- From the LogoSophia Magazine
If you're anything like me, you love to read - but things like housework, work-work, and life get in the way. Which is why I LOVE audiobooks, especially free audiobooks (my wallet appreciates the break!). And with Halloween right around the corner, I thought I'd share my latest YouTube obsession:
Classic Ghost Stories Podcast is just that - a podcast devoted to classic ghost and spooky stories, from Shirley Jackson to Bram Stoker and a whole host of short stories and spooky tales that I never would have found on my own. Tony Walker has a terrific British accent (gotta love that!) and a great reading voice - you'll be lulled into a false sense of security listening to him. And stay tuned after the stories are finished; often, he gives a little analysis or his own perspective on the story just read.
So if you're in the mood for spooky stories and you've got a bit of a drive or a long day of tasks in front of you, check this podcast out. It'll put you in the Halloween mood. Thus far, my top two videos are "The Haunting of Hill House" (above) and "The Birds" (below). Note of caution - do NOT listen to "The Birds" when you're driving alone through deserted countryside at night! (I tried it - it's a trip.)