Life Is An Adventure
A lesson in Forgiveness
We took communion in church last Sunday, and as I considered how I needed to become more like Jesus, my mind kept popping back to a YouTube video I watched earlier in the week. I kept batting it away, like a pesky fly, thinking it was some distraction keeping me from considering weightier matters.
See, it was a video about Mel Gibson. Wow, thinking about Mel Gibson during communion - how messed up is that? In my life before Christ, it would have been no problem for me to contemplate Mel Gibson during communion, or any other time. But after his phenomenal success with Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ, in recent years Mel has made an ass of himself, with his public drunkenness, anti-Semitic tirades, marital problems, and domestic violence issues, just to name a few. Like many others, I have grown tired of his antics, and moved on.
But the thoughts wouldn't go away, so I considered what it was I was supposed to be learning from it, and whether there was a lesson in there somewhere. Because this wasn't a video OF Mel Gibson. It was an extraordinary speech by Robert Downey, Jr., about Mel Gibson.
After a promising career start in the 1980s and early '90s as part of the "Brat Pack," Robert Downey, Jr. had a terrible drug problem that peaked between 1996 and 2001. He was arrested multiple times on drug charges, did some time, and was in and out of drug treatment programs. He stopped being considered for roles, and was even fired from a few before finding lasting sobriety in 2001.
In recent years, Robert Downey, Jr.'s career has taken off, with two very notable successes in Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man. A couple of weeks ago, he added the American Cinematheque award to his collection, and he deliberately chose Mel Gibson to present the award, so that he could make this speech. Please don't read any further until you watch this. It's only two minutes. It made me cry, and I bet you will, too.
Turning My Garden Upside Down
Utterly Off Topic Wednesday returns with a product review. Incredibly, this is not a sponsored post. But I have to tell you about my experience with Topsy Turvy tomato planter bags.
No kidding. Those ones that are advertised on TV, where the guy breathlessly talks about how the special vertical grow bag heats up and causes a ROOT EXPLOSION! And you can get the bag and the 6 foot stand for only TWO PAYMENTS OF $19.95!
But wait! You can also get..
Why don't you watch the video to refresh your memory, or if you have never seen it, check it out for the first time.
a different kind of "red state"
The first time that familiar "BOM bom" was heard at the beginning of a Law and Order episode, I was just starting my first year of homeschooling my firstborn, didn't know I was about to conceive a second child, and was adjusting to being a first time homeowner. George Bush was president.
George Bush the first. It was September of 1990.
What's YOUR Secret?
There is a controversy brewing about a new ad for Bud Lite that is playing online only. It was quietly released back in February and has attracted little attention. I only saw it because it was submitted on Digg by one of my Digg contacts.
Twenty five years ago, the subject making our star so uncomfortable would not have been being outed as a secret porn enthusiast, but something else that people would not have wanted broadcast on the evening news.
Trigger Warning: I am an enthusiastic supporter of @realdonaldtrump and my Twitter feed reflects this. If this is a problem for you, feel free to move on. I'd rather you stick around and try to understand, and I will do the same.
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