Monthly Archives: April 2013

Samson’s Hair: Symbols of Power

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I’m always shocked to see what kind of Biblical connections we can make in fiction where there are none intended. Samson’s Hair is a symbol of power, and it comes from a looooong and bloody story with lots of death, and there’s no happily-ever-after. But one thing that sets the story apart from others is the symbol of strength – something that’s sometimes lacking in Biblical stories due to the fear of worshipping false idols.

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Episode Review – S1 E5 – Bloody Mary

I love the Bloody Mary legend, so when I saw that this was the show I was coming back from conference land to review, I was thrilled.

This episode had all the makings of a cheesy horror movie that we saw in episode 3, but this one started off with the young girls at a slumber party, sitting around playing “Truth or Dare.” Read the rest of this entry

What About Our Furry Friends?

Eventually, there is the question…what about my pets?  We love our pets.  They are as much a part of our family as any other relative.  We love them.   They take on human qualities.  They have personality.  They feel, they love, they hurt.  We see them as we see ourselves.  When we write fiction, pets are some of our favorite characters.  Whether it is Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Call of the Wild, Animal Farm, White Fang , The Tale of Despereaux, or Stuart Little.  Our furry family members are an integral part of our lives.  Which begs the question, do we draw this bond from some of the biblical stories.  The Bible has several prominent animals within its tales, the serpent in the garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale, Daniel and the Lions to name a few.  Read the rest of this entry

Two for the Price of, Well, Two

Hello my fellow NSOBers! We hit a huge milestone this week  – 10,000 views! I say, keep ’em comin’ and we’ll do our best to provide you with fabulous posts, bizarre and otherwise. (I am inclined to focus on the bizarre, if you haven’t noticed.)

OH YEAH – BEFORE I FORGET:

DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in anyway. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.

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This week we’ll visit a weirdly interesting story of trickery. In the Book of Genesis 29 we meet Jacob, Laban, Rachel and Leah. Read the rest of this entry

Lost Gospels And… A GIVEAWAY!

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*SQUEEE!!!* New Stories, Old Book blog has crossed 10,000 views! First, THANK YOU. If it weren’t for the support of all of you, the readers here who share in our #fangirling and add some much-needed #fanboying for the movies, books, television shows, and stories we discuss here, we wouldn’t be here at this landmark. I’m so grateful to all of you for your enthusiasm and continued reading, and grateful to the other authors of this blog Michelle, Jamie, Christine, and also Amy for filling in on Supernatural Sundays while Michelle was out of town.

I watched the most interesting TV program this weekend. There was a special on the Military channel all day long, tackling Biblical issues from so many different angles, many of them scientific. One program caught my attention: the story of the lost Gospels of Thomas, Judas, and Mary Magdalene. Read the rest of this entry

A personal note about Boston with your Supernatural Sunday

For the second week, I am reviewing a Season 1 episode of the greatest TV show ever, Supernatural. This week I feel much differently than last week. While I am still excited and honored to write this post, it is with a heavy heart. The bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday have weighed heavily on my mind and heart. Please keep the great city of Boston and its people, especially the families of those who have lost so much, in your prayers. Read the rest of this entry

Staying Strong

We are shocked. We struggle for answers. We are sad. We are angry. We feel helpless.

We try our best to continue. We look at things differently.

We come together. We slowly heal.

We will never forget. Read the rest of this entry

Eight

I’ve spent all week stewing. I was prepared to introduce you to the newest member of the Bible, famed biologist Gluten Free Jesus. Unfortunately there are more pressing matters at hand. And I can’t even garner up enough snark to discuss the recently released 2012 list of most challenged books – and believe me, I have a lot to say on the matter. My favorite book of all time, Fahrenheit 451, is, ironically, a frequently challenged/banned book that’s about, well, book banning (in a nutshell).  – Maybe I can save that for another discussion  – we could go on for days about that.

And, unfortunately, I don’t have it in me this week to post another Bizarro Bible Story. But believe me, I will continue with them next week and use it to introduce the topics of biology, gastro-intestinal issues and Jesus. Maybe. Unless something else strikes my fancy.

No, folks. This week I can’t do it. This week my heart has taken over my snark. You see, my oldest son is almost 8. And the other day, I am sure you know unless you live under a rock, a beautiful 8 year-old boy was needlessly killed in a cowardly act of terror at the Boston Marathon. So, pardon me if I ramble on a bit. I have been trying to find clarity in my thoughts.  Read the rest of this entry

Pay It Forward Pt. 2: Making Helpers

Last week, I posted about the importance of Paying It Forward and promised to try and pay forward little, un-asked-for favors all week long whenever I could. I did that. I bought random coffees for people, I held doors… little things. I tried to take extra moments to say hi to the people at the school I usually ignore because most of my days in the school are stressful, and they still deserve my politeness no matter what my personal problem is. The biggest thing was probably when a man at Wendy’s asked me to come help him with his crossword puzzle because he was stuck. I helped him. I’m not sure why he picked me to ask… I’m not exactly “scholarly” of appearance. But he did, and I was thrilled to help him figure it out.

As I helped this man with his crossword, my kids watched and listened. When it was time to leave, my daughter said to me, “That was nice of you. I’m glad you can tell between good strangers and bad strangers.” (My kids are well-versed in stranger-danger.)

That was before tragedy struck innocent lives in Boston, and before the whole world was reminded of the helpers thanks to a wonderful quote by Fred Rogers that Michelle posted last December when there was a loss of innocent lives. This picture circulates virally every time we need a reminder to find some small measure of good in a terrible situation. Read the rest of this entry

Episode Review – S1 E3 – Dead in the Water

This week I am off to Vegas, working at the Henderson Writers’ Conference. Our most awesome friend and fellow Supernatural enthusiast, Amy Cavenaugh, has agreed to cover the next couple of episode reviews for me!

A bit about Amy:

??????????????????????Amy wrote her first novel at the age of fourteen, while singing along with her favorite group, New Kids on the Block. Now she’s thirty-something, still writing and still jamming to New Kids. She writes thrillers and is seeking representation for A SCARRED MIND, about a psychic who foresees murder and tries to stop a killer. In her spare time, she reads a lot of Harlan Coben, the occasional YA novel and the awesome work of her critique partners. Her favorite TV shows are Supernatural and Psych (yes, she’s seen every episode of both). You can find her on Twitter @AmyCavenaugh. Come by and say hi.

And now… here she is! (Thanks so much Amy!)

First of all, I’d like to thank Michelle for inviting me to contribute a guest post to #SupernaturalSunday. I honestly look forward to it every week and am honored she would pick me. I’m a bit of a Michelle fangirl, since we share a love of thrillers and the greatest show ever—Supernatural, of course! And she’s a Dean girl, too. Be still my heart. I mean… Read the rest of this entry