Noah: the film and the hot controversy

Noah: The controversy is expected, but the scale of the controversy surprises me

As implied in my last post, I am finally adding to the cacophonous hysteria about Noah.

I liked it. Let me tell you why.

Imagine, if you can, watching the whole world you’ve come to know literally wash away.

I felt well-enough informed after reading Phil Cooke’s piece on the film, knowing how solid he is on all the related issues, and because he had actually seen it. I trust him and his opinion on most things. So I had nothing to fear, and I wanted to be clued in on discussions.

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UPDATED: Functional “Secret Menu” drinks from Starbucks

Functional Drinks at Starbucks

UPDATED: Starbucks has fully rolled out Teavana teas in their stores, a big but pleasant change. I will give my recommendations below, especially for the increasingly popular “Medicine Ball.”

Synergy of beverage and composing

Synergy of beverage and composing

Starbucks can make countless drinks that are off the menu. The most popular are really sweet novelties trying to taste like candy bars, and are usually blended, but some are very useful for when you need a big push or are feeling under the weather. They help you get through those challenging times, so I call them functional drinks.

UPDATE: Starbucks acquired Teavana some time ago. While the relationship has slowly been developing between the two, Starbucks only recently completely replaced their Tazo lineup with Teavana teas.

 

 

Teavana

 

As your very own Blogrista, and having been asked about these drinks numerous times, I want to clue you in on them. Here are a few of those not-so-secret “secret menu” drinks in order of what I think are most helpful.

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Leave me not alone

The dreaming tree has died

"Tongue tied, nerves as big as boulders Why mom? I thought I was your soldier? My brother sits by me Buckled into the car seat Feel the thirst, it's time for pulling over Into the truckstop on my daddy's shoulder Out back where they plant all … [Continue reading]

Not Alone

aatlas / Pixabay

Amazing quote... A man alone is a neighbor of God. --From the film, Baran   … [Continue reading]

No such thing as a Real Job

Always under construction

Confession: I turned my work into a job and the world that mattered the most to me into work. Lemme 'splain. … [Continue reading]

Aronofsky’s Noah is Gnostic?

"My word shall not return to me empty"

Really interesting article on why Noah is not a gnostic film. It does a great job of briefing readers on the tenets of Kabbalah and Gnosticism too, some of which I never knew. Even though this was a parenthetical, I found it really interesting and … [Continue reading]

When an atheist is brutally honest

Therefore...

I listened to a podcast on Reasonable Faith in which Kevin and W.L. Craig discuss this atheist's blasting of fellow atheists' inconsistencies on ethical assertions. (This comment, which originated here, is also discussed rationally … [Continue reading]

Humanarium

Sometimes, the real church is taking place out on the front steps

Humanarium: Creating a Space for Authentic Relationship On a recent Monday, I was listening to Dr. John Coe talking about honesty being the meta-virtue which is the basis for all the spiritual disciplines. Did you catch that? The basis of all the … [Continue reading]

Just discovered Allie Brosh

Boshmeme

Her Hyperbole and a Half blog, and now book, are ingenious. … [Continue reading]

Mental Illness and the Christian Church

Looking at the world through a glass, darkly

The Church can be a very sorry companion for the mentally ill, but also can be the greatest source of hope Someone sent this article to me, and I found it short, but so beneficial, that I had to share it here.   Brandon W. Peach writes about … [Continue reading]

Kurt Cobain’s birthday this past Thursday–he would have been 47

I wonder how the rest of the band members feel on this day (February 20th). I wonder how his family feels. I wonder what it was like to have the stomach pains that he endured, created or given. Do they drag out the old sad stories? Do they work … [Continue reading]