The Wind Rises
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter whose career has spanned six decades. He is best known here for his films Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away (which I consider a masterpiece).A clear theme of the film is the tension between an artist who wants to make something beautiful and those who use his talent to make machines used in war.
How to Go Gently… or More Gently
Over the last months of her life, she reported her status each week to her large group of friends. “I am not dying from cancer, but living with cancer.”
Son of God
A year ago, the History Channel featured a 10-hour miniseries called The Bible. The brainchild of Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, The Bible was so successful that the episodes about Jesus have been adapted for a feature-length film, which was released on February 28. As predicted, Son of God, with its built-in Christian audience, has done very well at the box office, though it remains to be seen how fast it will fade. The major film critics were not impressed with the film (i.e., they panned it), and the response from the average viewer has also been on the negative […]
Building Bridges with Iran
A bridge in Isfahan, Iran. MCC photo by Cheryl Zehr Walker.
Same Kind of Different As Me – Guest column by Lauree Purcell
Some people are clearly in pain, need medical attention or a dentist. Others could use a new set of clean clothes and a bath.;;
Sodak RecordsI have listened to your music for almost 10 years and I still enjoy the old ones, and I’m sure these tunes will build new ones.
Two who work for peace: peacebuilding as Gods vocation
To achieve peace, Chang said he envisions a “world free of nuclear power plants and weapons.” Since the last WCC assembly in India in 1961, Chang pointed out that the number of nuclear states in the region has more than doubled.
US Food Aid to Reach More People
First, the new farm bill authorized up to $80 million per year for purchases of food closer to countries in need.
Medals (from a Mennonite) for Olympic Coverage
NBCpaid $775 million dollars in hopes that the U.S. would care about curling. Or maybe skeleton. Or maybe some other event that we only hear about every four years, if at all. Viewership declined significantly from the 2010 Vancouver games – which makes sense given the time difference in Sochi, Russia compared to North America – but NBCstill ran away with the ratings for two-plus weeks thanks to the Sochi games.Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira are actually formidable anchors, but when they respectively filled in for Costas, it was like trading in your HDTV for an Etch A Sketch.