Posts Tagged ‘Captain America’

So maybe I’m a nerd, but I really enjoy super-hero movies–especially the newest set with Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Captain America. The Avengers did not disappoint. In fact, it did better than I had hopes it could. Witty dialogue, fabulous timing, great fights, good graphics, an interesting plotline…. you name it, this movie had it.

That shouldn’t have been a surprise for anyone who enjoyed the movie Serenity, directed and written by Joss Whedon, who also rewrote and directed the Avengers. He has a unique talent for making his movies feel like his movies. Unlike some other popular directions whose trademarks are intense graphics or suspense, Whedon’s trademark is his timing and witty banter.

Books have a way of leaping off the page. Once you get to know an author, you feel like you understand their writing style, their tempo, even the person behind the keyboard. But movies so often do not grab you in the same way. Joss Whedon has at his fingertips the gravity and longevity of books (not to mention the character development) AND the intensity of films. I highly recommend if you enjoy action-comedies.

The challenge of throwing together such distinct characters from various timelines into one situation would daunt anyone. But the characters stay true to who they are. And its hard not to love Captain America when he is about to go chasing after Thor and affirms, “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure He doesn’t dress like that.”

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I did little work-related today, as expected. But there were unexpected pleasures. My three siblings and I got to go out just the four of us for the first time in over five years. When we were younger, Thursdays were ‘homeschooler hot-lunch days’. We would go to Tacobell-Kentucky Fried Chicken with out mom. So today we went back in time and enjoyed old-fashioned life at Tacobell and wonderous fellowship over chicken and tacos.

After Captain America (which was a great movie!!!) I went out for some much-needed alone time. As I sit at the Lighthouse Christian Cafe, my brain keeps coming back to the band that is playing. Their music is pretty good, but they have absolutely no stage presence. Things that I would consider in-public basics seem lost on this talented bunch.

There was a definitive point in my life when I realized the power of speech was within my grasp. Before this, I had never minded getting up on stage but I was helplessly ungifted. It was not until I gave a speech on Terri Schiavo at a library public speaking class that I grasped not only that words had a power greater than any sword but I had the power to wield them mightily. My fifth-grade speech made people cry. It moved the audience beyond what I could have imagined.

Since that day I have grown as a dynamic speaker. I have continued to learn and perfect the craft, desperate to get my points across. My passion cannot stand being bottled up or misunderstood. My love of words is not contained on paper. It takes true flight when you meet me in person. This is why I am so excited about the book tour. I LOVE getting to share with students and watch their minds come alive. With my recent enrollment at Nyack College’s online program, I am very pleased to know that I will be able to pursue the tour while still progressing in college. When I had to come home from Columbia I wondered if my life would ever find its track again. I am grateful to God that it has!

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