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How a Jesse Stone novel reflects our sexual culture

Robert B Parker Blind Spot, written by Reed Coleman, book cover (Credit: Putnam Adult)I have been a fan of Robert Parker's novels for decades.  Parker had a Ph.D. in English literature and was a college professor before his crime novels made him famous.  His Spenser character is considered one of the finest crime fiction characters of all time.  Satirical, tough, and wise, Spenser is the private eye you wish you could be if you were a private eye.

Parker's other main characters included female crime-solver Sunny Randall and Police Chief Jesse Stone.  Stone is a former LAPD homicide officer whose drinking cost him his job and led him to the small New England town of Paradise.  The Stone character has been made famous by Tom Selleck in a series of made-for-TV movies.

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Believe Me: a movie review

In the new film Believe Me, desperate, broke, and out of ideas, four college seniors start a fake charity to embezzle money for tuition (Credit: Riot Studios)When four fraternity brothers in Austin, Texas find themselves in need of cash, they prove the old adage true: Necessity is the mother of invention.  Rising star Alex Russell drops his Australian accent to play Sam, the ringleader who comes up with the idea to create a fake charity to embezzle money for tuition in the new film "Believe me."

"Why do people go to charity events?" he asks. "They want to feel like they're helping people, and that feeling comes with a price. The sadder the cause, the higher the price . . . Sometimes people do want to be lied to," he justifies.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: a movie review (SPOILER ALERT)

Chris Pratt (C) as Peter Quill walks down a corridor on a spaceship with the other guardians, Zoe Saldana as Gamora (L), genetically-engineered raccoon named Rocket, tree-like humanoid named Groot and Dave Bautista as Drax (Credit: Marvel Studios)SPOILER ALERT: this review describes and analyzes the most significant plot twist in the movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy had the best August launch of any movie in history.  The film opened to a record-breaking $94 million in North America, and took in another $66.4 million overseas.  The sequel has already been announced, and is scheduled for release on July 28, 2017.

The movie is based on Marvel's comic-book series that premiered in 1969 and was updated in 2008.  Peter Quill (also known as Star-Lord), the central hero, does battle with arch-villain Ronan.  Both want the Infinity Stone, which has such power that it destroys nearly everything it touches.  Quill is joined by Gamora (the female lead), a tree-like humanoid named Groot, a genetically-engineered raccoon named Rocket, and a warrior named Drax the Destroyer.  Together, they become the "guardians of the galaxy."

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    Iron sharpens iron I am a big fan of Proverbs 27.   The chapter is an odd assortment of proverbs that seem rather random.  I hope when I get to heaven I will be able to spend some time with King Solomon.  David's son[…]

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