Movie: Veil of Tears

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The documentary “Veil of Tears” introduces viewers to India in its beauty and complexity. The film’s special focus is on the women and their plight in a broad range of locales:

More than 50,000 female children are aborted every month in South Asia.
Females are often the last to eat and the most likely to be illiterate.
Girls are typically the first to work as child laborers and sometimes even sold to become one of 1.2 million child prostitutes.
Young girls throughout Asia are ravenously abducted and forced into a life of prostitution with every agonizing day one step closer to an early death from AIDS.
Widows in India bear the blame for their husbands’ deaths. They’re shunned by their communities, rejected by their families and forced into an inhumane lifestyle. Tens of thousands take their own lives just to end the pain.
Every year in India, more than 7,000 …

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For the Beauty of the Earth

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Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I sometimes get beauty-withdrawal in Texas. The state has some fantastic beauty, but not the kind that makes me feel I’m “home.” I got a lot of that in Italy, and I’m still so grateful. That time provided deep soul-rest, and part of that rest came from the beauty that surrounded me day and night.

Here’s the song I’ve been singing in gratitude. Savor.

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Movie Review: Lars and the Real Girl

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If you wonder why I’m just now getting around to seeing “Lars and the Real Girl,” a 2007 movie, remember—in 2007, I was in the middle of earning a PhD. (When I emerged last year, I asked, “John Wayne died? Really?”)

If you want to see what I consider the ideal faith flick, this comes quite close. The movie is in no way billed as a “faith” film. But the community of faith and the question of what Jesus would do and the cost of love all provide the architecture upon which the screenwriter has built the storyline.

“Lars and Real Girl” features Academy-Award nominated Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom, a kind introvert with some serious emotional baggage. After years of hermit-like living, he orders a life-sized doll, Bianca, off the Internet. But he has no kinky intentions. He believes she’s real.

The day Bianca arrives, he introduces her to …

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