Here in Illinois, Governor Quinn has been pushing hard to close state institutions for people with developmental disabilities, along with some prisons and state mental hospitals. There are a handful of these complexes scattered around small towns all over the state. Like prisons, these institutions are a major source of jobs and revenue for otherwise [...]
For a long time I would cringe at the sound of the word “mission.” To me it represented the worst of the Christian tradition. I associated it with conquistadors and pushy missionaries, trying to “save” the heathens in the jungle, or islands, or wherever the godless masses resided. I had experiences with some evangelical and [...]
For the last decade, America has been a country at war and there has been a lot of talk about supporting the troops as they serve our country. This rhetoric is hard to counter because troops are human beings who are asked to do our dirty work while we sit at home and watch the [...]
Since Mary Shelly penned Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, the world of story telling has used monsters to hold a mirror up to the human condition and force questions that, under normal circumstances, seem better left unanswered. As the characters of The Walking Dead watch their loved ones turn from human beings into vicious animals, they come face-to-face with their own mortality and the complex questions that circle around what it means to be human all while trying to maintain a sense of order.