"Have you already chosen your word for 2015? The word that will focus your attention on what you want to do and who you want to be this year? It’s not too late to choose. New Year’s Eve—the traditional time for making resolutions—was less than one week ago, and many promises made that night have probably been broken by now. I chose my word yesterday, after realizing that it had been on my mind all weekend. I guess I needed a little time to overthink the matter...."
"The promise to “wipe Israel off the map”, was originally popularized by the Socialist, Pan-Arabist, then Egyptian President (1956-1970), Gamal Abdel Nasser. Amazingly, and embarrassingly for them, HarperCollins has accomplished what Nasser could not. They have wiped Israel off the map, literally.
"The web is awash with collections of images that attempt to sum up the past year. And what news sites are doing for global events, Facebook is doing for your life. Log on, and you may discover that they've already created a collage of images to summarize the "wonderful" 2014 you've had.
"The movie Wild is perfect to see during this last week of the year, when millions of us will make resolutions to change our life (that the vast majority of us will not keep for more than a few weeks).
This film, starring a remarkable Reese Witherspoon, is a meditation on what to do when we get stuck in life, when the circumstances of our life control our destiny, when we are weighed down by our past...’"
Elements Theatre Company of Orleans, Mass., a resident theater company whose core mission is to educate and illuminate through the arts, brings its 2015 touring program to New York City January 25 through February 11. The company will present Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in six performances at various venues throughout the city and lead related workshops, talk-backs and panel discussions on our culture’s view of “The Other.”
Professor Owen Gottlieb joined the School of Interactive Games and Media at Rochester Institute of Technology this past Fall. His current research specializes in games, digital media, religion, culture, and learning. In particular he is interested in social impact in fields such as in education, public policy, and politics. For a number of years he has been designing, developing, and researching learning through GPS based mobile gaming.
Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and Katherine Timpf, Reporter-National Review Online. Issues of the day include: New York City Police and Mayor Bill Di Blasio - how can that relationship and its fallout be improved? What are the implications of a presidential poll showing Jeb Bush in the lead? And President Obama on Iran.
"I found myself celebrating Easter this Christmas, and I was quite moved by the experience. No, my calendar was not off; I’m not even Christian. So what was going on? I went to the December 25 opening of the new film Unbroken..."
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"I was blessed to grow up with some of the greatest rock’n’roll ever recorded. Recently, one of the most original and emotionally powerful singers of the genre, raspy-voiced Joe Cocker, died of lung cancer at age 70. To the many tributes already written, I can only add what this mad dog of an Englishman meant to me..’"
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While there are many strong candidates who could arguably be considered "Person of the Year," an annual honor bestowed by TIME magazine, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield says that this year the editors chose a very worthy group: the healthcare heroes on the front lines of the deadly Ebola epidemic. Rabbi Hirschfield notices that many of those medical professionals and volunteers give credit to their faith, publicly and prominently, but this isn't treated as the significant fact that it is.