Plugged In Author: Adam Holz

Adam R. Holz is a senior associate editor for Plugged In. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has been a Boundless contributor. In his free time (which there is sometimes precious little of) Adam enjoys playing guitar and constructing LEGO kits with his son. Adam and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents, in fact, of three children, one boy and two girls.

Fame and Compromise

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Few entertainers talk candidly about the way fame and fortune can require, at times, uncomfortable compromises. Actually, scratch that. We get tell-all memoirs all the time from actors, actresses and musicians whose fame crested 10 or 20 or 40 years ago—tomes that chronicle rampant debauchery behind the scenes or the things they felt forced to […]

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I Want My Analog TV

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A couple nights ago, my wife and I were watching a bit of TV. Specifically, a bit o’ baseball. Neither one of us is a huge baseball fan. But we sometimes tune in for a few minutes here and there during the playoffs, just to see what’s happening. I think it was the Yankees/Rangers game. […]

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Whose Football Is It, Anyway?

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A couple weeks ago I had a momentarily confusing, disorienting experience watching NFL football on a Sunday afternoon. I’d just gotten my son down for a nap and came down to see the score of the Denver game. I’m no hard-core fan—I can’t even remember who they were playing that day—but I do like to […]

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Just Like Lindsay

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On the way home from work last night, I found myself thinking about the latest self-inflicted travails of actress Lindsay Lohan. Now, even if you don’t pay much attention to the latest pop culture chatter about celebs’ dirty laundry, it’s been almost impossible of late to avoid hearing about what’s happening with this troubled 24-year-old […]

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Jumping the Shark … Literally

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I’d like to begin today with a simple confession: My wife and I have always liked Shark Week. Ever since we met in 2003, Discovery Channel’s end-of-summer celebration of all things shark has been must-see TV for us. Just as Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom once captivated our imaginations as kids, so this cable channel’s […]

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Movie Monday: Inception Reloaded

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Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending, genre-blending, sci-fi-heist thriller Inception ruled the weekend box office for a second week in a row, taking in another $43.5 million and holding off Angelina Jolie’s Salt, which nabbed $36.5 million. In its third week of release, Despicable Me clocked in at $24.1 million. All in all, it was a rare summer […]

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The End of the Best Friend?

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I wasn’t a very happy kid. I was intense. Moody. Liked things my way. Got mad—really mad—when things didn’t go my way. God must have known I needed some help, because in 5th grade I met Joe. Joe was pretty much my polar opposite. He was even-keeled when I boiled over. He would look at […]

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Simple Pleasures Revisited

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I wonder, sometimes, what the future holds for non-digital entertainment. And an unlikely event raised that question for me earlier this week. My parents moved to town last weekend, bringing with them several boxes of miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam that every move inevitably stirs up. I thought I’d gotten everything they had for me—you know, […]

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The Water We Swim In

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Culture, it’s said, is like an ocean. And we are the fish swimming there. For the most part, we’re not really aware of the water around us. It’s just there … always there. It’s where we swim and live. That comparison is helpful, I think, because it reminds us that our culture—that vast vortex of […]

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The Trojan Happy Meal

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So I’m in the checkout line at Safeway the other day with my almost 4-year-old son, Henry. This is always a touchy moment, because he’s usually ready to be anywhere else by the time we get done grocery shopping. This particular day, however, something caught his attention. “Daddy, it’s Jake!” he chirped. Looking around, I […]

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Miss USA Gone Wild

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Once upon a time, the “only” skin  beauty pageant contestants had to show was during the swimsuit competition. I put “only” in quotes, of course, because these days, those bikinis have gotten pretty teeny and there’s plenty of flesh on display. But apparently that’s not enough sex appeal for the average pageant watcher. Just a […]

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