Cole Burgett’s The Lost Son: The Horror of an Unabsolved Homecoming

An homage to classic horror radio plays, this limited audio series asks, “What if the father had rejected the prodigal son upon his return?”

I Got Richard Pryor’s Help Moving

Moving provided humorous distraction, while reminding me that some also have to deal with the demon of discrimination while relocating.

Daughters and Daddies: Giving Louise, Eleven, and Kamala the Confidence They Need

These daughters beat themselves up, lost their self-assurance, and lacked a true sense of who they were, but their fathers guided them toward the truth.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa: Foreign Yet Familiar

By taking foundational points from two cultures, Hokusai provided access for both societies to feel comfortable while exploring the foreign.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie: Hope and Hijinks for the American Family

The Belchers are both a representation of actual families—as real as an unvarnished food display—and the ideal we should aspire to.

For My Mental Health, I Repeatedly Watched One Episode of Ted Lasso

Watching Ted Lasso have a panic attack gave me a panic attack, so I created an experiment I’m calling “anxiety immersion.”

The Adam Project: Can Sarcasm Enhance? Yeah Right

The Adam Project shows us there is hope for us smart alecks after all, in bold truth-telling, wise discernment, and intelligent humor.

Why Are Dr. Rick’s Progressive Ads Actually Traditional Comedy?

Dr. Rick ads provide a relaxed common ground between generations and opportunities for approachable honesty with those outside the church.

The Unexpected Parenting in Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who

As the Doctor travels through time and space, she becomes a surprisingly good parenting example for those of us without a TARDIS.

The Princess Bride: 35 Years of Story and Twue Wuv

Great storytelling satisfies a life-sustaining appetite in all of us and targets the true love we all need.

What Lies Beneath: Layers of Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife depicts what we want to believe about reconciliation and eternal life.

1981 vs. 2021: Searching for Salvation

Reviewing the products of 1981 and 2021 reveals our desperate search for salvation from death… and salvation from modern daily life.

1980 vs. 2020: Anxiety We Have Heard on High

Comparing 1980 and 2020 reveals how pop culture dramatizes our anxieties.

Fatman: The Sleigh, the Truth, and the Life

In Fatman, we root for depressed and weary Santa as the underdog, unaware a highly trained assassin is coming for him; yet we’re given hope through hints of his supernatural powers to fight injustice.

What The Vast of Night Taught Me about Living in the Moment

If we struggle believing the best is yet to come, the first step is acknowledging that not all nostalgia is healthy.