I have in my right bionic hand, direct from my home base, today’s top ten list Top ten non-spoilers from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Like every episode before it . . .

10. There are epic battle scenes. (The special effects continue to increase with complexity. Amazing!)

9. There are new space creatures—both cute and creepy. (Fortunately, there are no new Jar Jar Binks type characters! And I was so relieved that a wise-creacking porg didn’t replace Han Solo piloting the Millennium Falcon. That would have been so Disney!)

8. There are lightsaber battles. (Honestly, though, I’m getting a bit bored.)

7. There is laugh-out-loud humor. (Rogue One seemed pretty grim, so I was so glad to see the farce is strong in this one. Great one-liners and physical bits!) Continue reading.

Posts from a long time ago

Cartoons from the dark side
Star Wars III: modern morality play
The Force Awakens universal questions
This Force never sleeps
Top ten rejected titles for Star Wars VII
Top ten signs Han Solo has turned 70
Top ten surprises in Star Wars: Episode VII

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Welcome to Hope and Ho! Ho!

December 15th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Ho! Ho! Ho! I’m Jim. I may not be your true love, but I have Twelve Sites of Christmas, plus twenty books and a sleighful of articles on everything from sects to sex: death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parenting, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. Plus, nice and naughty cartoons and free comedy/drama sketches. Scroll down for my latest posts.

Plus watch and listen to my jolly keynote talks and seminars, as well as find a list of my topics and schedule of when I’ll be coming to your town.

And check out the latest from my workshop: The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, and Unpunished Evil. Free samples of the hopeful and helpful book!

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The Christmas story in chronological order

God is in control

Mary, did we know? (What was she thinking when the angel announced the outrageous proposition?)

The ten best—and worst—Christmas movies

A Very Twitter Christmas

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Do you struggle with unanswered prayer, unfulfilled promises or unpunished evil—or all three? The psalmist, Asaph, did in Psalms 50 and 73-83. He watched the glorious rise Israel and the building of the magnificent Temple as well as the moral collapse and complete destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. His writing is filled with raw, honest anguish as he struggled with unanswered prayer, unfulfilled promises, and unpunished evil.

Renae Brumbaugh Green, the author of Morning Coffee with James, writes, “This book is for everyone who’s ever questioned God’s goodness, love, or faithfulness. With his trademark wit and wisdom, James Watkins addresses the hard questions, validates our pain, and offers a shoulder to cry on. This book shines a light on the blackest spaces of our lives and finds the hope that hides in the dark.”

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Putting the X back in Xmas

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