A Prayer for Howard and Chelsea

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Occasionally here at Plugged In, we’ll take some heat for being too hard on entertainers and pop culture. And I think I understand why: It’s because we spend a lot of time looking at and thinking about the influential folks in our society whose ideas, words and worldview contradict the values and convictions we hold […]

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Relieving Media Stress

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It’s 6:30 p.m. Supper’s over after an exhausting day, and you’d love nothing more than to pop in a DVD and “veg” a little. In fact, now that their homework is finally finished, the kids are eager to join you. What comes next should be relaxing, but it’s usually enough to trigger heartburn: choosing something […]

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Movie Monday: Hop

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The animated Easter movie Hop bounded to first place at the box office this weekend, stuffing $38.1 million into its multi-hued basket. The opening had its makers over at Universal Pictures jumping for joy: The holiday flick may not have delved into the true meaning of Easter, but it did outperform its modest expectations and […]

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Cuddly or Creepy?

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I recently ran across an article by USA Today’s Craig Wilson about a new kiddie toy called a Parent Doll. If this idea is as new to you as it was to me, let me offer a few details. This is essentially a squeezably soft dolly that can be made to “look,” after a fashion, […]

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Facebook Blues

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A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics says Facebook might send teens who have a tendency toward mood disorders into depression. Researchers call it (none too originally) “Facebook depression,” and they don’t know whether it’s an extension of an already existing condition or a unique disorder. In any case, they claim Facebook’s friend […]

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Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011

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Last night, my wife, daughter and I started watching Cleopatra, the lavish 1963 epic starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. It was our curious little way to mark the passing of the film’s unforgettable star: Taylor died March 23 at the age of 79. Cleopatra was a colossal success or fabulous flop, depending […]

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Dancing Around a Problem

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I recently heard a radio report from Fox News of a Christian women’s fitness class they’re starting up in Houston called Pole Dancing for Jesus. I couldn’t help but groan—and not the silent type that you think but keep inside, either. This was an out-loud grumble that usually escapes after eating a too spicy lunch […]

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All Dolled Up

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A few months ago, a little girl and I were watching a cartoon on television while her mother got ready to go out with us for breakfast. Of course, there were commercials. Some jingles (and products) were annoying enough to make anyone groan and, possibly, bang their head on a coffee table. But what surprised […]

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Movie Monday: Limitless

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It was a mind-blowing weekend for the film Limitless, which edged past modest predictions to pocket $19 million and become the most-watched movie of the weekend. The rest of the box office, though, was a bit limited. Holdovers Rango and Battle Los Angeles finished second and third, logging in at an estimated$15.3 and $14.6 million […]

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