Category Archives: Lending Insight

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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Anthony Doerr’s “The Deep” Challenges Stereotypes Surrounding Terminal Illness

Doerr’s award winning short story emphasizes the importance of embracing all that life has to offer

While finishing up a contemporary short story class this semester, I came across a piece of fiction that has since nestled itself deeply into my consciousness. The story, which I found in Ben Marcus’s book “New American Stories,” is by American … Continue reading

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“My Last Days” Tells The Stories of People With Terminal Illness

The documentary series emphasizes life much more than the prospect of death

The cable network The CW has an online documentary series called “My Last Days.” It tells the stories of people living with terminal illness. But it is much more about life than the subjects’ impending deaths. One episode focuses on … Continue reading

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