Category Archives: Lending Insight

Film Review: OWN TV’s “Serving Life”

An inmate-staffed hospice program in one of the roughest prisons in the U.S.

Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana has a long held and justly deserved reputation as one of the roughest prisons in the United States. With over 5,000 inmates and 1,000 prison employees, it is the largest maximum security correctional facility in … Continue reading

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“The Cancer Journals,” by Audre Lorde

The poet's experiences with breast cancer, mastectomy sugery and coming to terms with her diagnosis

“The Cancer Journals” by Audre Lorde is an extremely personal account of one woman’s experience with breast cancer and the plethora of emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis. The book weaves her personal journal entries together with a more traditional … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Lion King”

A look back at the 1994 Disney film that introduced many children to the concept of death

When “The Lion King” first appeared in theaters in 1994, it was a cut above Disney’s prior animated feature films in terms of music, character development and lessons about life and death. Mufasa’s untimely death in the first act of … Continue reading

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Mini-Series Review: “The Killing” Seasons One and Two

A riveting police procedural drama explores complex themes of grief and loss

In today’s world of reality TV, gothic horror and sitcoms, it’s rare to find a network television show that explores the human condition in any depth. Thankfully, the subscription streaming service Netflix has stepped in to fill that void, giving … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story” By Director Scot Barbour

Revisiting a touching Andrew Wood documentary in the wake of Chris Cornell's death

A brilliant young musician dies of a drug overdose, just one year before he would have reached international stardom. If this sounds like a tired trope, then you haven’t heard Andrew Wood’s full story. The Seattle musician was so much … Continue reading

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Book Review: “I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Go to Boise” by Erma Bombeck

How children survive cancer

Until the mid-1980’s, Erma Bombeck considered herself a light comedy writer. In books such as “At Wit’s End” and “Aunt Erma’s Cope Book,” she wrote about the amusing things that happened in her family and with her friends. Then, in … Continue reading

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