A Crusader, An Avenger, and The Savior

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Who is Batman?  This is  the immortal question that many of the rouges put away in Arkham Asylum wish to answer, but few have.  The Riddler answered it in Batman Forever, the Joker in Batman Beyond, Hugo Strange in Batman The Animated Series and Arkham City, Hush/Tommy Elliot in the comics, and Ra’s Al Guhl in Batman The Animated Series and  the Nolan trilogy.  Is the masked vigilante the mask, or is the billionaire, playboy, philanthropist the mask?

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Your Talking Wallet

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In the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the title character is given a wallet by a world famous photographer that he has worked alongside for years.  Inside the wallet is an inscription of the motto of LIFE magazine, Walter’s employer:  “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” While Walter has worked at LIFE magazine for 16 years, and been confronted with the motto daily upon walking into work, he never internalized it, never lived it.  Something all the more highlighted when another character tells him “listen to your wallet”…

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Micahel Hyatt’s Platform

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Do you dream of doing something?  Do you have an idea you’re trying to make a reality or a message you’re trying to convey?  If that describes you, Platform by Michael Hyatt is a book you need to read.  While Platform won’t help you create the product or message from start to finish, something the author makes clear at the start, it does give solid advice on how to promote and/or advance that message or product, to grow the audience for it.

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Do Dreamers Dream of Being Present?

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Since returning to DC after the holidays, I’ve spent a total of 4-5 hours in a darkened theater – on two separate occasions – watching the same film.  While this generally isn’t a surprise, what is is it wasn’t a science fiction film, a superhero film, or The Hobbit:  Desolation of Smaug.  In truth it was something most would consider – at least on the surface – all-together different: a Ben Stiller directed remake of the classic film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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Words that Linger…

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During a recent church service I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in some time.  The topic of our conversation quickly turned from my assessment of Thor:  The Dark World to the larger ranging idea of truth communicated through myth.  This is where things got interesting.

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Sports and Storytelling

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Growing up in the suburbs outside of Detroit, Michigan, I was never a big sports fan.  Yes, I watched hockey because my brother played in a youth league and Detroit is “Hockeytown” but I wasn’t rabid about any Motown team, even if I have fond memories of watching the Stanley Cup play-offs with DC friends in recent years (and one particularly epic road-trip that involved following the Red Wings for a week).  When it’s difficult to participate in those activities you find other things to do.  Therefore, it is just as surprising to me as it would be to anyone else that I would compare something to my limited understanding of sports and practices within them.  Nevertheless…

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The Death of New Year’s Resolutions…

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It is January, the start of a new year.  Time to make that New Year’s Resolution, right?  Time to resolve to “get fit”,”save money”, or some other vague pie-in-the-sky idea, right?  Wrong.  I was never really big on making New Year’s Resolutions, and I’ll probably never make another one ever again (even Cookie Monster hates ’em).  It isn’t so much that a majority of people fail, but that I found something better.

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Ministry from Misery, in a Hospital…

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In thirty-plus years of hospitals, procedures, surgeries, plaster and fiberglass casts, needles, tubes, and life-long scars, I’ve met and been worked on by many doctors and surgeons.  A majority of them I’ve not really gotten along with or cared for, as they’ve seemed to see me as only a patient and not the human being – or child – I was for many of these experiences that have influenced who I have become.  In the midst of all these doctors and experiences, I can honestly count on one hand the number I have grown to respect: just three.

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Seeing the “Super” in a season of Advent and Hospitals…

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Growing up, I don’t recall celebrating Advent – the four weeks leading up to Christmas day – as much as Christmas Eve and Christmas (if at all).  It has been something embraced more recently (and buying a LEGO Star Wars calendar this year as an intentional avenue has been a huge help).  Nevertheless, it is fascinating to consider that Advent has its origins in Old Testament figures who were looking forward to something they believed in and hoped – had a confident expectation of the future – for but would never see realized during their earthly existence.  Thousands of years removed from the times and events of the Old Testament – and  2,000+ removed from the events that are celebrated during Advent and Christmas – it is an act of looking back to the arrival of Whom those in the Old Testament hoped for but also to His coming again.

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Hero Armor

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Stained a deep red, a wooden wardrobe gathered dust in a darkened attic.  Particles of dust floated upon the air, symbolic hordes of a time forgotten, ready to invade the lungs of any trespasser and discourage any thoughts of return.  The single source of light within the forgotten realm enters via a high window, sealed shut with age.  As sunlight fought it’s way through the window, to illumine the fine wood work and countless hours of craftsmanship evident in the detailed symbols, shapes, and runes laden upon the doors, the details began to glow a fiery jade.  First the shapes, then symbols, and runes.  As the glow intensifies, an ethereal voice – almost like music – is barely discernible as it whispers “someone may ask…the time has come again…”.  Suddenly, as if the emerald light might overtake the sun and exit out the portal the original source entered from, the doors swing open on internal hinges.  As the jade brilliance fades, the whisper continues in what seems a language long dismissed as time rolled forward.  Within the wardrobe lay what looks to be ancient artifacts:  a golden helmet worthy of the Amazons, a chest-place of shining silver which could double as a mirror, boots as white a new fallen snow, a blade which seemed to  generate it’s own shimmering light, a belt of amethyst so deep one could fall into it,  and a round shield emblem-ed with the profile of a fierce and roaring lion.  Each piece, glistening in the window’s light, upon closer inspection, revealed what can only be described as a script not of this earth, almost angelic in its form.  In the midst of gazing upon these contents, the unknown voice spoke, with a hint of sadness: “the time is past…they did not ask, but go into this waking day ill-fitted…”  As the voice trailed off, the sun’s light escaped back from whence it came and hid.  The doors of the wardrobe swung with an old creaking, closing as if they knew not when they might open again.  The meaning of the subsequent click, unmistakeable; the doors had locked.

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