When we think of a “conscientious objector” – an individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service – many people think of hippies or artists. Others consider these people to be cowards or afraid to fight in a war their country is waging. My thoughts always go to an old “All in the Family” episode when Archie Bunker refuses to have dinner with one of his son-in-law’s friends who escaped to Canada during Vietnam. Strangely, this is only a Hollywood version of the conscientious objector. Many protestors do it based solely on religious reasons. There are some that you’d never expect to go against a war. Here are five of them.
In case you’ve been living under a rock: Julianne Moore is definitely having a moment. Riding high off her critically praised performance in Still Alice and her role in the blockbusting The Hunger Games franchise she’s been everywhere lately. As she’s gracefully swept down the red carpet and picked up multiple awards this season from a Golden Globe to an Oscar (finally!) many have only fallen more in love with the elegant red head. So, to celebrate one of the greatest actresses of our generation and her fully deserved Oscar win let’s take a look at her five best films. Read more…
The holidays are a time of year that unanimously connect the world, though each country and culture have specific traditions and rituals that help ring in the season. In America, one of the most recognized practices to embrace the spirit of December is watching classic holiday movies. These are films that have been around for years, and dozens are aired during ABC Family’s month-long Countdown to Christmas marathon or available on demand through DirecTV, Amazon Prime, and more. There are, however, a small group that have been solidified as classics in everyone’s home which should be watched with the whole family present, and popcorn ready. Below are, in one writer’s opinion, the top 5 must-watch movies this holiday season.
Once again, world traveler and globetrotter-extraordinaire, Logan Horsford is back with another guest post about life lessons that he has learned on his journeys. A lot of these things will sound very obvious but after listening to hundreds of tourists attempting to communicate with locals, it is obvious that they are not.
Remember that even in countries where English is taught to kids, the kids don’t get to practice with locals and are often taught by locals. I’ve spoken to a few ‘English teachers’ that I had difficulty communicating with due to their strong accents and misuse of words. Hiring locals is cheaper than native speakers.
Of course, learning the local language or hiring a guide is better but if you are lazy and poor like me, there are some easy workarounds.
Madonna. Chances are you didn’t immediately think of the Mother of God when you read that, you were thinking of the Mother of Pop, who’s had a career spanning four decades, across almost every medium imaginable: acting, directing, writing, dancing, and, of course, singing. It’s difficult to believe, but on August 16th, Madonna will be turning 56. However, like everything else in her life, she’s not prepared to fit any conventional idea of what a 56 year old looks or acts like. Always the “Queen of Controversy,” Madonna has created and courted her reputation as a rebel and rule breaker since the beginning of her career. So, in honor of her birthday, let’s look at her 5 most controversial moments. Read more…