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Mary Magdalene as Provocative as Ever in ‘Bloodline’

posted by Todd Havens

Here at Idol Chatter we often have to dig around through the pop culture items we cover to come up with a relevant religious, spiritual or ethical angle for our readers. It’s often a challenge! Case in point, I watched […]

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‘Surfwise': Family Mitzvah or Selfish Chutzpah?

posted by Todd Havens

Every parent wants a better life for their children, better than the one they had. It’d be pretty astounding to hear fledgling parents at a dinner party say, for example, that they’d like to put as many obstacles as possible […]

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Oprah/Eckhart Class 10: ‘A New Earth’

posted by Todd Havens

Here we are at the final chapter and the final class, Gang! On Monday night, the Oprah and Eckhart “A New Earth” web event concluded with a special 2-hour finale. That class, based on Chapter 10 “A New Earth,” is […]

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Oprah/Eckhart Class 9: ‘Your Inner Purpose’

posted by Todd Havens

Welcome back to Week 9 of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. There’s only one more class to go in the ten-week course, if you can believe it! Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 9 “Your Inner […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class 8: ‘The Discovery of Inner Space’

posted by Todd Havens

Wow! We’re already at Week 8 of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. As usual, Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 8 “The Discovery of Inner Space,” is now available for viewing at Oprah.com or here at […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class 7: ‘Finding Who You Truly Are’

posted by Todd Havens

Welcome back to week 7 of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 7 “Finding Who You Truly Are,” is now available for viewing at Oprah.com or here at Beliefnet. This week’s […]

‘The Dhamma Brothers': Where East Meets…South?

posted by Todd Havens

The Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama holds 1500 of the country’s most violent offenders. Inmates there have been convicted of murder in every degree among other senseless acts of extreme violence that will haunt the victims’ (and the inmates’) […]

‘Young@Heart': Full o’ Heart

posted by Todd Havens

She’s sassy and flirtatious, vivacious and mischievous. I’m not writing about Hollywood’s next ingénue du jour, I’m actually referring to 92-year old Eileen Hall, one of the most captivating members of ‘”Young@Heart,” a new film from Fox Searchlight about a […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class 6: ‘Breaking Free’

posted by Todd Havens

Here we are already at week six of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” web event. Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 6 “Breaking Free,” is now available for viewing (at Oprah.com or here at Beliefnet). Something really struck […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class 5: ‘The Pain-Body’

posted by Todd Havens

Welcome back to the fifth week’s commentary, the halfway mark, on the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle ‘A New Earth’ Worldwide Web Event. Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 5 “The Pain-Body,” is now available for viewing (at Oprah.com or here at […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class #4: ‘Role-playing: The Many Faces of the Ego’

posted by Todd Havens

Here we are again all set to talk about the fourth week of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” Worldwide Web Event. Monday night’s class, based on Chapter 4 ‘Role-playing: The Many Faces of the Ego,’ is now available […]

Anonymous Online Confession: Blasphemous or Bashfulness?

posted by Todd Havens

Speaking of confessions, I’m not Catholic and I don’t know much about the Sacrament of Penance (or Reconciliation) except for what I’ve seen in the movies and on television. I certainly don’t know anyone that goes to traditional confession, though […]

Oprah/Eckhart Class #3: ‘The Core of the Ego’

posted by Todd Havens

Starting with this week, the third week of the Oprah Winfrey/Eckhart Tolle “A New Earth” Web Event, I’ll be posting here on what I gleaned from the live “class” held each Monday evening at Oprah.com (9/8c) (you can also watch […]

New Literary Trend: The Faumoir

posted by Todd Havens

With the recent discovery that yet another memoir to hit the bookshelves was entirely fabricated, the latest being “Love and Consequences”–the Margaret A. Jones tall tale of being raised by a gang-banging foster family which led to her life of […]

‘This American Life’ DVD: The Valedictorian of Reality TV

posted by Todd Havens

Major confession: if I have ever listened to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” series (hosted by show creator Ira Glass), it was only at the prodding of a friend who insisted I check out a specific episode or because […]

“Oswald’s Ghost”: Anatomy of a Haunting

posted by Todd Havens

One day, while casting a reality show in Dallas Texas several years back, I happened to drive our rental car down Elm Street in Dealey Plaza. Thinking I was touring a random downtown street, I quickly recognized the distinctive white […]

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