the happening

31 05 2008

i am a big fan of pretty much all of m. night shyamalan’s work. from the sixth sense to signs and the village… i just really dig his stuff. signs rocked my world. loved it. although i’m still not really sure what it’s about, i also enjoyed the lady in the water and own a copy on dvd.

his new film, the happening, is releasing june 13 and i’m pretty excited. i don’t do horror films at all, but i love a good suspense or psychological thriller, which is what this apparently promises to be. i love the way shyamalan tells stories. all of his films have a deeper theme that you have to dig past the surface storyline to get to. love it.


whitney loves the lord

29 05 2008

whitney houston is on her way back. she has been tucked quietly away for months now working on her big comeback album, which is supposedly due out in november. i love that she is laying low, working it all out (personally, spiritually, professionally) and staying out of the public eye. that’s how you do it, kids. stay out of the club, stay off tmz, work on you and let the people miss you.

check out this video of her performing ‘i love the lord’ in morocco just 5 days ago. the video quality is bad, but her voice sounds better than it has in years. certainly not the whitney we knew in her glory days, but she has come a long way and i’m excited to see her re-emerge successfully and victoriously over all the challenges she has been through in her life.  go ‘head and praise him, whitney!

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flashing lights #3

29 05 2008

for those keeping track, this would be the third official video for kanye’s “flashing lights” track. (check out versions 1 and 2) this joint is one of my faves from the graduation album. i love the song and love this video. the creativity is bangin and the visuals are sick.

don’t stop hoeing

28 05 2008

there is a church on every other corner in nashville. when i lived there, i has the esteemed honor of driving 45 minutes each way out to the berry’s chapel church of christ to take this picture. it was a day i will never forget. this picture has provided many, many moments of spontaneous and uncontrollable laughter since i took it in 2004.
church sign

yes, it is real. poor, poor little church full of (what I presume to be) white people. i know what they meant to say, but they obviously didn’t realize the double meaning. i guess at this church they teach from the RJV… the rick james version. 😉

i recently came across crummy church signs, a blog dedicated to the “critical analysis of critically bad church signs”. i absolutely love it! i submitted my pic and they selected it for this week’s commentary contest. so, click on over and submit your caption/comment to my gloriously horrible church sign pic!


27 05 2008


the new usher album “here i stand” released today and wow… yawn. it sounds like he took too much time off after confessions and rushed to get this out. and let’s not even discuss his weak performances on snl a couple weeks ago. i’m sure it will sell because after all, it is usher. don’t get me wrong, i’m not a hater. but i’m also not going to blow something up if it’s wack. and the new record, in my opinion, is indeed tired and wack.


great peace in great sorrow

21 05 2008

Chapman family

“Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name.

The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home at about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.” excerpt from The Tennessean

This family has been a symbol of hope and grace to so many millions, and now I pray that they would find themselves surrounded by ministering angels and wrapped in the incomprehensible covering of the peace of God that Steven has faithfully stood on and sung about for so many years. In the middle of what is undoubtedly great sorrow, great pain, great hurt, great confusion and possibly even great anger, we pray the covering of God’s great peace over the Chapman family.

laugh, think, cry

19 05 2008

“to me, there are three things we all should do every day. we should do this every day of our lives. number one is laugh. you should laugh every day. number two is think. you should spend some time in thought. and number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. but think about it. if you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. that’s a heck of a day. you do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” ~ jim valvano