What is Courage?

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Pixels of the The Mushroom Kingdom in Real Life

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In 1985 a little video game company named Nintendo took video games to a new level with Super Mario Bros, a game chronicling the adventures of two plucky Italian plumbers – Mario and Luigi – through the Mushroom Kingdom as they raced to save the princess (Princess Toadstool) from the evil Koopa King (later renamed Bowser).  Utilizing different environments to signal progression through the game – subterranean, light, dark –  the 32 levels long defined the basic of platform gaming (refined by leaps, bounds and raccoon tails via Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World) until the release of Mario 64 – for Nintendo 64 – in 1996.

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The Professor and the Jedi Master…

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“Sometimes, being Yoda sucks; you can quote me on that” – Me to a friend as I slowly, stiffly, and not without help, walked out of the movie theater last weekend.

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Wolverine, Selina Kyle, and Les Miserables

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I never thought I’d actually go to a movie, that’s a musical, that has Wolverine and Selina Kyle singing.

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A case of “more than you can ask or think”…

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Sometimes things happen in life that are so out of left field and unexpected that all you can do is step back, scratch your head, and marvel at how people and events work in concert, often unknowingly.

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The Dark Knight, The Red Hood, and the Clown Prince of Crime: Romans at work in Gotham?

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Half a lifetime ago, as I was lying helpless and worn in a hospital bed, my best friend sent the best get-well card I’ve ever been given.  On it’s front was Luke Skywalker arguing with his uncle, Owen Lars, about doing chores around the moisture farm; first amongst them cleaning up “Bantha poodoo”.  Inside the card simply said “even heroes have bad days”.  As “hero” culture has shown countless times, even amongst the best, hard and difficult things happen…even to heroes like Batman.  In late 1988 the Batman story took a dark and stark turn with the death of Jason Todd (a.k.a Robin II), something the folks at DC Comics actually let the fans vote on.  Simply put, Jason was murdered in cold-blood by the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker.

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Another “real-life” episode of Touch

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Previously, I’ve written multiple times of different real life experiences that feel like I am living the television show Touch, that’s  broadcast on FOX. (Surprisingly, it hasn’t been cancelled yet as FOX has a tendency to be the death knell for intelligent television with previous casualties such as Firefly, Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Dollhouse being axed).  A few weeks ago, I felt as if I was once again living that television show.

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Governing is Hard: Part II

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 Shortly after the election last month I mused about the nature of governing in light of the election results and the reality of the “fiscal cliff” that was speedily approaching.  Now, with just days until the new year deadline and a new Congress, we’re speeding toward it faster than a young James Kirk speeding toward the precipice in his uncle’s stolen hot-rod in the Star Trek reboot.  In the first part, I focused on the fact that getting elected is easy, it’s actually governing well that’s difficult.  How does one (or a group) govern well and get things done is an era of hyper-partisan gridlock?

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Lightsaber Lost

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Hindsight is 20/20, right?  At least that is what people are sometimes told when they make a mistake or pass up an opportunity and those around them have little else to say to assuage the emotional aftermath.  In this case, hindsight makes me wish I had “Force Sight” from a number of the Star Wars games.

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When Star Wars Points to Jesus

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It’s not every day that someone is asking you to make a connection between the Star Wars Saga and the Gospel, but every few seasons of moisture farm harvesting it happens.

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