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“Six Degrees” is Classic J. J. Abrams

posted by donna freitas

The ever-rising star television series creator and producer J. J. Abrams has done it again: “Six Degrees” (which premieres tonight at 10 on ABC) is riveting, complex, and promises something simple but essential for TV drama: good stories. Reminiscent of […]

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Good Magazine on Newsstands Now

posted by donna freitas

September marks the premiere issue of Good, a magazine founded and funded by Ben Goldhirsh (son of media-multi-millionaire Bernie Goldhirsh). Good is for the “growing number of people tied together not by age, career, background, or circumstance, but by a […]

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“Our Lady of Weight Loss”: For Those Seeking Food Forgiveness

posted by donna freitas

Website-creator turned author Janice Taylor brings her food-obsessed, playful, confessional ourladyofweightloss.com to the printed page, with a new book titled the same: “Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings From the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal” (Viking […]

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Thou Shalt Covet?

posted by donna freitas

It may be #10 on the Top Ten list of things Jews and Christians shalt not do, but not coveting thy neighbor’s house, other related property, and just generally not coveting things that are not yours still made the tablet. […]

God “Speaks” to Al Franken…

posted by donna freitas

…Or so the comedian-turned-liberal political commentator claims during the initial moments of the documentary “Al Franken: God Spoke,” opening in limited released tomorrow. Hilariously dressed in a Santa Claus-like beard and holding a Ten Commandment-esque tablet–presumably Al Franken’s mode of […]

Vatican Exorcist: Harry Potter Is Satanic

posted by donna freitas

The Catholic Church has not ever been silent about its non-love affair with Harry Potter & Company. Concerns about the series creating witch-loving children abound. But to say that J.K. Rowling’s beloved series, which has the world’s children reading like […]

Catherine Keener, Would-Be Priest

posted by donna freitas

Indie film star Catherine Keener–known for her character acting in such cinema favorites as “Capote,” “Being John Malkovich,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”–was just interviewed for the New York Times Fall Fashion issue. In “Being Catherine Keener,” Keener spills all to […]

The $28,000 Chastity Belt (I Mean Bracelet)

posted by donna freitas

For 26 years, the ultra-luxe Cartier has been selling the “Love bracelet”–a gold bracelet that must be secured onto a lover’s wrist with a screwdriver. How romantic! Cartier’s Love bracelet was originally “inspired by medieval chastity belts,” explains New York […]

Resurrection from the Dead on “The 4400″

posted by donna freitas

The USA Network’s series “The 4400“–about a group of 4,400 people, all of whom went missing at different points in the 20th century and return together bearing special powers, not having aged a day–is about to conclude its third season […]

“The Exodus Decoded”: Worth a Watch

posted by donna freitas

This week the History Channel is celebrating Ancient Week (kind of like Shark Week at the Discovery Channel, but with no sharks). In honor of Ancient Week, they premiered a hokey, but ultimately interesting, TV documentary called “The Exodus Decoded,” […]

So Madonna and I Are Apparently Gossip-Worthy…

posted by donna freitas

Despite fellow blogger Charlotte Allen’s rather icy assessment of my recent posting in praise of Madonna’s crucixifion act and my defense of a woman’s right to image the divine on the cross, my NPR commentary on the same topic was […]

Thank You, Madonna!

posted by donna freitas

At this late point in summer, the controversy about the crucifixion scene in Madonna’s Confessions Tour–when Madonna sings “Live to Tell” while up on a cross, arms outstretched, with scenes of poverty in Africa flashing behind her–has escalated to a […]

Those T-Shirts I’m Wearing are Christian?

posted by donna freitas

Forever 21–the homage to cheap and chic that’s almost (but not quite) as ubiquitous on the streets of Manhattan as that other homage to cheap and chic, H&M–is apparently preaching the gospel with every sale. Deborah Kolben, a staff writer […]

Step Right up! Get Your Indulgences Here!

posted by donna freitas

Apparently, with just 1 million “points” you can get into heaven! At least if you attend The Church of St. John the Evangelist in Ontario, Canada, that is. St. John’s and radio station CHEZ 106 (106.1 FM) have teamed up […]

Is an Ayurvedic Vacation for You?

posted by donna freitas

Patricia Leigh Brown, a reporter from The New York Times travel section, tried her hand at the ever-more popular ayurvedic spas popping up all over southern India to cater to Westerners, and describes the experience in her rather humorous article […]

Bono Challenges Pastors to Rise to the Occasion in Africa

posted by donna freitas

Bono, the lead singer of U2 turned celebrity AIDS activist wants to know why Christian churches are virtually absent from the effort to address the AIDS pandemic, and whether they are willing to rectify their reluctance. How is Bono leading […]

A Theme Park for the Whole (Non-Pacifist) Family

posted by donna freitas

At a time when U.S. citizens, religious and otherwise, are divided over whether the U.S. should pull troops out of Iraq, not to mention whether the war itself was justified in the first place, the military is desperate for some […]

A Hefty Dose of Moral Ambiguity: “The Closer”

posted by donna freitas

As TNT’s “The Closer” headed toward its 9th episode of season two Monday night, “Heroic Measures,” Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson (played wonderfully by Kyra Sedgwick) delivered some more of her trademark, morally ambiguous detective work. This time around, the […]

Ella the Nephilim Slayer?

posted by donna freitas

After initial high hopes for “Hex,” the BBC America’s new budding-witch-goes-to-high-school series, my expectations have plummeted as the 10-episode pilot season comes to a close (the last episode airs next week). The series has all the makings of a supernatural […]

Colbert gets Catholic on “The Report”

posted by donna freitas

Most fans of “The Colbert Report” know by now that its hilariously truthy host Stephen Colbert moonlights as a good Catholic family man. Last night his Catholic leanings were put to the test by his guest, William Donohue, president of […]

Gaming for Good?

posted by donna freitas

In an article for The New York Times, Clive Thompson reports that video games–at least some of them–are turning their attention away from mangling bodies for pure sadistic pleasure and oggling impossibly endowed women for that other kind of pleasure. […]

ABC’s “Fallen” Falls Flat

posted by donna freitas

ABC Family’s original movie, “Fallen” which aired last night (Sunday) and promised all sorts of exciting enchantments–prophecies, redemption, destinies revealed, and the lore of fallen angels–fell far short of my hopes for movie magic. In fact, rather than a movie, […]

Coming Soon: The Bible with an All-Star Cast

posted by donna freitas

The Christian power-house publisher Zondervan, together with Media Group, has plans to release a star-studded audio-version of the New Testament with Samuel L. Jackson playing the voice of God, and Forest Whitaker as Moses–to name just a few Hollywood luminaries […]

Scientology “South Park” Airs Again!

posted by donna freitas

I am not an avid watcher of “South Park” though I do catch an episode now and then if it airs leading up to The Daily Show. But I admit I was curious about the now-infamous Scientology-Tom Cruise episode, “Trapped […]

Superman as Super Savior? A Quiz

posted by donna freitas

It’s high time you see “Superman Returns” if you haven’t already, especially if your pastor is telling you so. Don’t be super surprised if at church one Sunday in the near future, the sermon revolves around a Superman theme–I already […]

A West Wing Afterlife for Dule Hill?

posted by donna freitas

The end of Seinfeld was the kiss of death for just about its entire cast–save Jerry Seinfeld of course. Will the similar end of power house drama “The West Wing” mean the same for its long time actors and actresses, […]

An Atheist’s Religious Music

posted by donna freitas

This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine article “Her Lonely Voice” features Katell Keineg–the singer-songwriter that could’ve been a star but didn’t become one (even after she was signed to a six album contract with Elektra). When reporter Darcy Frey asked […]

Moby Talks About Faith

posted by donna freitas

Last Thursday night, NYC’s flagship Barnes & Noble in Union Square held a special event featuring a conversation about faith between the eclectic, very successful Moby (musician, vegan, tea entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed Christian–sort of), and Chicago Sun Times religion reporter […]

Anxiously Awaiting “The Devil”

posted by donna freitas

The devil I await is the one wearing Prada, of course. Though the idea of embodying the devil in female form is not terribly original, I tore through Lauren Weisberger’s payback of a novel, “The Devil Wears Prada“–a thinly veiled […]

The Rabbi Nanny?

posted by donna freitas

Earlier this week, Oprah held a Dr. Phil-like parental advice-giving session, yet not with Dr. Phil himself–her show about on-camera counseling for families in crisis was hosted by none other than the ubiquitous Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of many popular […]

A Little Saintly Roadside Assistance

posted by donna freitas

As far as saints go, free-standing statues, mass cards, portraits on the walls, ceramic figurines, and tiny iconic pendants that you can dangle from a chain are par for the course for anyone who grows up an Italian Catholic–namely, me–or, […]

“The Lake House”: Why Patience is a Virtue

posted by donna freitas

For those who last watched Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in the thriller “Speed,” re-imagining their relationship at a much slower pace and across different times in “The Lake House” might be challenging at first, but it’s worth the effort. […]

My Netflix Supernatural Summer Top Three

posted by donna freitas

As the spring television seasons wound to a close in May, I finally took the advice of many friends and joined Netflix, the super-fast DVD service that gets film and television favorites to your door in the blink of an […]

Hooray for “Hex”! TV’s Next Buffy?

posted by donna freitas

A friend who knows my affinity for all things Buffy and Buffy-related recently alerted me to a giant subway advertisement for a new TV series with my name written all over it: “Hex.” “Hex” premiered last Thursday at 10 on […]

Step Right Up! Get Your Redemption Here!

posted by donna freitas

Casinos apparently are big venues for musicians, and I’ve spent my share of time these last few days watching people play slots while waiting for Toby Lightman, Jewel, and Rob Thomas to take the stage. My husband is on this […]

Seeing This Movie Will Save The World

posted by donna freitas

Riveting. Terrifying. Inspiring. Exasperating. Makes you want to grab people off the street as you exit and shove them in the door so they can see it too. Causes you to catalogue all the little things you could do, but […]

Why I Quit the Sopranos

posted by donna freitas

Several Sundays ago I surprised myself: Instead of settling into my Sunday night ritual of watching a new episode of the Sopranos, I kept the TV set to off. I told myself I’d watch it “On Demand” the next day […]

‘Peaceful Warrior': Facing Your Demons, With Help From Socrates

posted by donna freitas

“Peaceful Warrior“–the movie version of the novel, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior,” written by former Olympic gymnast turned bestselling author Dan Millman–hits theaters up and down the West Coast this weekend. (Over the course of June, it will make its […]

Invisibility Cloaks: Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

posted by donna freitas

Fans of all things magical and related to Harry Potter will be happy to know scientists are hard at work turning Harry’s famous invisibility cloak–the one that allows him to maraud about Hogwarts undetected by the likes of Snape and […]

Tonight: A Finale Battle of Epic Proportions

posted by donna freitas

In order to fit in the two-hour season finale of “Lost” during prime time evening hours this Wednesday, ABC decided to pit the (also two-hour) series finale of “Alias” against the (also two-hour) season finale of Fox’s “24” tonight. What […]

Rolling Stone Bares Its Soul (or Lack Thereof)

posted by donna freitas

The big, fat extra-special 1,000th issue of Rolling Stone just arrived at the door complete with a psychedelic, 3-D cover featuring just about every rocker imaginable. The theme of this special edition is a cover art retrospective (which could double […]

The Evolution of Mr. Eko on “Lost”

posted by donna freitas

It has been evident for a while that John Locke is no longer the only man of faith stranded on the mysterious island that the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 have inhabited for the first two seasons of ABC’s “Lost.” […]

“Veronica Mars”: Sleuthing and the Single Girl

posted by donna freitas

What is it about girls who save the world (or at least their small towns and high schools) and lackluster love lives? High school detective Veronica Mars has never wanted for admirers of the boy variety, but no matter which […]

Saintly Feasts & Virginal Visions on “The Sopranos”

posted by donna freitas

The story for last night’s “Sopranos” episode, “The Ride” (number eight in a season of only twelve–the countdown until the end begins already) was set against the backdrop of the Feast of St. Elzear–which any New Yorker would recognize as […]

Faith vs. Family on “Alias”: Rimbaldi is Back!

posted by donna freitas

I’ve decided that Wednesday is ABC’s “Must-See-TV” night, with “Alias,” “Lost,” and “Invasion” taking up a mystery/sci-fi three-hour block, and it’s difficult to pick which show to write about. “Invasion” was all about fate, and “Lost” was all about betrayal […]

A Cartoonish Plan for Arab-American Relations

posted by donna freitas

Next week, Queen Rania of Jordan puts on her P.R. hat at a Metropolitan Museum of Art dinner (whose roster of attendees includes Barbara Walters and Katie Couric, among other Hollywood and political VIPs). Her goal: to promote better understanding […]

Just How “Big” Can “Love” Get?

posted by donna freitas

No, I can’t help myself: This is my third blog posting about HBO’s “Big Love,” which aired its seventh episode last night. In “For the Wives, “Big Love” Falls Short on Love & Respect” and “HBO’s “Big Love”–And Why I’m […]

Alias Begins Its End, No Sign of Rimbaldi in Sight

posted by donna freitas

The best overall plot line for J.J. Abrams’s “Alias” has always been the mysteries surrounding Milo Rimbaldi, the 15th century apocalyptic philosopher-inventor, which was Arvin Sloane’s obsession for most of the first three seasons of the show and the cause […]

Invasion Reconciles God and Evolution (Maybe)

posted by donna freitas

In Wednesday night’s “Invasion” episode, “Re-Evolution” (the first new episode aired in over a month), Everglades park ranger Russell Varon theorizes that the hybrids (humans crossed with aliens) beginning to overrun the once-quiet town of Homestead, Fla., are a new […]

God or the Girl? Young Aspiring Priests Make Tough Decisions

posted by donna freitas

Meet Joe, Steve, Mike, and Dan, four men who star in a new five-part A&E series called “God or the Girl?” which begins airing on April 16th. Why the quandary in the title, God or the girl? Who’s to say […]

The Passover Tour?

posted by donna freitas

Yesterday, NPR’s Terry Gross interviewed the members of “What I Like About Jew,” the quirky duo Rob Tannenbaum and Sean Altman, who sing jokey, cabaret-style songs about Jewish traditions and life. The two men recently released their newest CD, “Unorthodox,” […]

“Veronica Mars”: It’s No “Buffy”–At Least Not Yet

posted by donna freitas

Tonight, “Veronica Mars“–the show that features a crafty, high school girl P.I.–moves to its new UPN time slot, 9 p.m. What has me excited is the potential implied in the title of this episode: “I am God.” I fully admit […]

For George Mason: God Finally Left the Building

posted by donna freitas

Mason Miracle, March Miracle, and Miracle Run are just a couple of the turns of phrase invoking miracles or divine-intervention that have been used to somehow describe the fact that, against all odds (literally), the George Mason Patriots men’s basketball […]

Tony Soprano: Does God Love Viagra?

posted by donna freitas

Last night’s “Sopranos” episode, “The Fleshy Part of the Thigh” was filled with religiously themed moments, including the mysterious appearance of a quotation from Native American spirituality posted at Tony’s hospital bedside. Paulie also finds out that his mother is […]

Will They or Won’t They? Donna & Josh on “West Wing”

posted by donna freitas

It took almost a full seven seasons of “The West Wing” for writers to finally address what I think is the most romantic storyline in this show’s entire run: Will Josh and Donna EVER get together? I mean, for real […]

God to Steve Carell: Build an Ark

posted by donna freitas

Before he was the 40-year-old virgin, Steve Carell had a hilarious cameo role as the competition news anchor to Jim Carey’s Bruce in “Bruce Almighty.” Now, Universal Pictures plans to release a Summer 2007 follow-up called “Evan Almighty,” with Carell […]

Tony Soprano’s Painful Path to Redemption?

posted by donna freitas

Dedicated “Sopranos” fans were shocked last week by the end of episode, the surprise shooting of Tony Soprano by his Uncle Junior (who’s gone a bit senile in recent years). Last night’s follow-up show focused–of course–on the aftermath of the […]

For the Wives, “Big Love” Falls Short on Love & Respect

posted by donna freitas

Now we are beyond the second episode into the premier season of HBO’s new family drama “Big Love“–and I am disgusted. I blogged earlier about my concerns for what looked to be “Big Love’s” attempt to “normalize” a polygamous relationship–and […]

“Thank You For Smoking”: A Morality Farce?

posted by donna freitas

Within seconds after the opening credits of “Thank You For Smoking“–the new film directed by Jason Reitman, based on the novel by Christopher Buckley, with an all-star cast including Robert Duvall and William H. Macey–the film’s central character, Nick Naylor […]

Anxiously Awaiting ‘Sopranos’ Season Six

posted by donna freitas

Fans of HBO’s “The Sopranos“–the award-winning mafia family-crime drama that many claim is the best show on television–will finally satisfy their long-awaited desire for a new season this Sunday, March 12th, at 9 p.m. It’s been almost two years since […]

Burqa Chic?

posted by donna freitas

The most recent Paris Fashion Week has sparked controversy among fashion critics and feminists alike, not so much over what the models were wearing on their bodies, but instead, what they were wearing on–or over–their heads. The burqa (the most […]

Pass the (Prayer-bead) Remote?

posted by donna freitas

Soon we will all be able to pray while we channel surf! Zemlyanoj Val ul, a man from Russia, has trademarked something called “Remobeads,” a ring of beads you can hold, pray over, meditate on, and use to see what’s […]

Prim and Prostitute for Spring!

posted by donna freitas

Apparently, early 20th century prostitutes are the inspiration for women’s fashion this coming spring. The season’s whiter-than-white baby-doll dresses making their way down runways in Europe and the U.S.–from houses like Chloe and Prada–are inspired by a book of photos, […]

Jon Stewart: ‘What next for the Jews, Steven?’

posted by donna freitas

Though I enjoy watching the Oscars every year, this time the event became more of an opportunity to watch Jon Stewart than to view an awards show. In fact, at one point yesterday I even asked a friend, “When does […]

See “The McPassion” for Lent This Year?

posted by donna freitas

Two years ago this Ash Wednesday, Mel Gibson released his much-hyped “The Passion of the Christ” to adoring, and some not-so-adoring, audiences everywhere. This Ash Wednesday brings a new “Passion” of sorts–“The McPassion.” This time, it’s a four minute long […]

HBO’s “Big Love”–And Why I’m Longing for TV’s Next Buffy

posted by donna freitas

HBO has given its latest series “Big Love“–about a polygamous family from a Mormon offshoot group–the coveted post-Sopranos time slot, 10pm on Sundays, beginning March 12th. In other words, executives are planning to make a “Desperate Housewives”-sized splash in an […]

What the Bleep!? A New Universal Spirituality?

posted by donna freitas

Mindboggling, jaw-dropping, thrilling, engrossing. All these adjectives apply–and then some–when describing “What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole: Extended Director’s Cut,” playing in select cities now. (It’s basically a long version of last year’s very popular “What the Bleep Do […]

The Bartimaeus Trilogy’s Mystical Side

posted by donna freitas

For fantasy fans who have yet to discover newcomer Jonathan Stroud’s “The Bartimaeus Trilogy,” get ready to indulge. Stroud’s writing is superb, his characters–and his demons–are funny and variant, and now the final installment in this three-book saga about the […]

The New Teen ‘Vagina Monologues’?

posted by donna freitas

I had the fortune to attend the stage debut in Burlington, VT, last weekend of “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl” (Wendy Lamb/Random House), based on Tanya Lee Stone’s novel of the same name. The story–about three […]

Will the Real Silas Please Speak Up–and Debunk ‘The Da Vinci Code’

posted by donna freitas

The worldwide conservative Catholic group, Opus Dei–famous for its supposed secrecy and the practice by some of its members of self-flagellation–has been incensed ever since the publication of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel “The Da Vinci Code,” which features Silas, an […]

Veronica Mars: Is Nothing Sacred?

posted by donna freitas

This week’s new episode of Veronica Mars, called “Rashard and Wallace Go to White Castle,” finally gave me the opportunity I’ve been looking for: an excuse to introduce the UPN series, which airs Wednesdays at 9, to Idol Chatter readers. […]

The Legacy of Betty Friedan

posted by donna freitas

The pioneer of Second Wave Feminism, Betty Friedan, author most famously of “The Feminine Mystique” (first published in 1963), died Saturday, February 4th, on her birthday. Her book, which has sold several million copies over the last four decades, is […]

A Goddess Good Enough to Eat? Or… Not?

posted by donna freitas

I often write about chocolate in relation to, well, anything spiritual, religious, or divine–anything that I can find to justify my oh-so-out-of-control addiction to this confectionary delight. In my most recent book, “Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise: Spirituality for […]

Immortality Cupcakes?

posted by donna freitas

Resident New Yorkers have long enjoyed a love affair with a famous confectionary institution called The Magnolia Bakery, made ever-more famous by the “Sex & the City” foursome who couldn’t get enough of Magnolia’s trademark cupcakes, and more recently, by […]

‘The Closer’–And Why Confession Is Good for the Soul

posted by donna freitas

The promotional campaign last summer for TNT’s “The Closer,” a Law & Order-like crime-solving drama (but way, way quirkier), featured the show’s main character, Chief Brenda Johnson (played by Kyra Sedgwick), announcing: “Confession. It’s good for the soul.” For those […]

George Costanza’s Ten Commandments for “Working Hard”

posted by donna freitas

Apparently, good old George from “Seinfeld” has his own version of the Top Ten things We Shall and Shall Not do. This was forwarded to me by a friend: 1. Never walk without a document in your hands: People with […]

“Lost”: Man of Science Becomes Miracle Worker

posted by donna freitas

Last night’s “Lost” episode, called “The Hunting Party,” revolved around Jack’s (Matthew Fox) character and revealed an interesting tidbit about his history. Known thus far as the “Man of Science” on the Island–as opposed to Locke ,and now Mr. Eko, […]

Jack Bauer’s Martyrdom Complex Rides Again

posted by donna freitas

Fans of Fox’s smash hit drama “24” are already well into another season of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) withstanding the most stressful of situations by sheer willpower and his serious penchant for bodily danger. By now in its “fifth day,” […]

The Soprano Family’s Existential Angst

posted by donna freitas

As my effort to catch up on “The Sopranos” continues, I am now making my way through Season Two, currently available through HBO’s “On Demand.” Two episodes in particular have caught my attention with their interesting religious themes. Episode 20, […]

God’s Chosen Beer?

posted by donna freitas

I was at a dinner party the other day–you know, a little chips, dip, some chile, good conversation, and to wash it all down, He’brew: The Chosen Beer! Imagine my surprise when I noticed the bottle, whose label has what […]

Good Is God (With an Extra ‘0’)

posted by donna freitas

William Safire, in his weekly “On Language” column in the New York Times Magazine, writes about the origins of the word “good,” in an effort to explain its common contemporary usage in the phrase “I’m good,” which usually means something […]

“Country Boys”: What A Difference Faith Makes

posted by donna freitas

Frontline, one of PBS’s flagship programs, most famous for controversial political reports on issues such as the use of torture by the United States, brings viewers a different kind of story–“Country Boys,” airing tonight through Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 9pm […]

Try Your Luck With “Match Point”

posted by donna freitas

Woody Allen’s newest film, Match Point, starring Scarlett Johansson as Nola Rice, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Chris Wilton, is a far cry from the typical screwball comedy for which he is famous. Opening nationwide today, this well-acted (for the most […]

Countdown to the New Sopranos Season

posted by donna freitas

I’ve been told by just about everyone and their mother (quite literally) that HBO’s “The Sopranos“–starring James Gandolfini as New Jersey mafia boss Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as his wife Carmela–is the best show on television. Better than “The […]

WWCD: What Would Casanova Do?

posted by donna freitas

It’s no joke: Heath Ledger–in the new movie “Casanova,” playing the absolute antithesis of his role in Brokeback Mountain–actually utters the line, “What would Casanova do?” in an attempt to give an aspiring lover-boy advice and inspiration about how to […]

Jesus Takes Manhattan

posted by donna freitas

As a lifelong Red Sox fan, (though I now proudly call Yankee territory my home), I am stunned and saddened to report that the Red Sox traded Johnny Damon (JOHNNY DAMON!), a.k.a. Baseball’s Jesus, to the New York Yankees in […]

NYC Transit Strike Highlights the Kindness of Strangers

posted by donna freitas

If you live outside the NYC metro area, it’s possible you don’t know there is a major transit strike happening in Gotham, the first in 25 years, and it’s bringing the city to it’s knees–or rather, to its feet, rollerblades, […]

“King Kong” and the Communal Movie-Going Experience

posted by donna freitas

I remember going to see Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater as a kid. As Indiana Jones makes his way through a tunnel of giant tarantulas, outruns a boulder, endures a snake pit, and smartly avoids having his […]

Forbidden Love that Lasts a Lifetime

posted by donna freitas

It was the buzz about Oscar-worthy performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and a likely Best Picture nomination that got me in the door to see Brokeback Mountain, latest film by Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon“). Based on […]

Get Her Some Christian Cosmetics This Christmas!

posted by donna freitas

Not sure what to get your honey this holiday season? If you’re looking for something faithful yet fun, how about some Christian body cream or Christian bubble bath? This is what entrepeneurs Zachary and Stacey Adams offer through their company […]

Who Needs Church on Christmas Day When You’ve Got the Pastor’s DVD?

posted by donna freitas

Who needs family and community on Christmas, when you can just stay home? It falls on a Sunday this year–and who wants to go to Church on Christmas morning anyway? Not the memvbers of some of the nation’s biggest megachurches […]

Spiritual Decor for Your Home

posted by donna freitas

Each year on December 13th, Swedes celebrate the feast of Santa Lucia, a festival marked by candlelight (Lucia means light) at one of the darkest times of winter in this northern country. The day still finds young girls donning crowns […]

Elle Macpherson, Ecofeminist Theologian?

posted by donna freitas

Elle Macpherson—supermodel, actress, and now lingerie designer and CEO of Elle Macpherson Intimates—is out and about posing for the holidays in her next-to-nothing offerings. (One billboard on the Long Island Expressway—an eight-story high vision of Elle bearing bra and panties—was […]

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