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  • Helping your loved one with a new gadget

    Have you noticed an edge in your mother's voice when she says she couldn't open a picture you emailed her? Or is there more of an anxious tremor when she asks how to open “the text messaging.” There are good reasons for these edgy and anxious moments. Our loved ones know they're missing precious places to connect with us and they want to stay in the loop!To properly engage your loved one using technology, start by recognizing desperation. Gadgets that we consider necessary for bridging communication can inadvertently create an enormous gulf. The situation is akin to pioneering families who couldn't access a photograph from far-flung relatives because they couldn't read the directions for opening a trunk that holds it. They know the precious contents are there, but getting to them seems nearly impossible.Making this basic shift in recognizing frustration goes a long way in bolstering your patience with a loved one’s technology helplessness.The next step is to synch up with the loved one in some thoughtful way. For example, if your parents have a Gmail account, get a free one for yourself. That way, a missing email can be tracked down more easily. You’ll be able to give specific directions, like “Click on the folders” on the left side, “Do you see the folder called ‘Spam’?” “No?” “Click the word ‘More’ and ‘Spam’ should come up below the line.” These specific instructions are more useful when you can see an identical screen.They are a big improvement over issuing general directions like, “Check the Junk mail folder.” Your loved one might not be familiar with these terms or use the same synonyms that you attach to technology, “spam” and “junk,” etc. Even though your general directions make perfect sense, they will be more effective when they’re tied directly to the screen that your loved one is viewing.

  • Miss Teen Arizona story inspires others

    Samantha Anderson's story isn't what you'd expect from a girl with her infectious smile. It's a smile she gets from her mom, the woman who inspired her to be where she is today."I have her Miss Congeniality trophy from back when she was 18 and she did her first pageant," Samantha said.Samantha has been doing pageants for about three years. Over the weekend, she was crowned Miss Teen Arizona 2014.And perhaps an even bigger honor, she was named Miss Congeniality."It's an inspiration that something that my mother has, I now have as well," she said.Samantha's poise hides the heartache of a tragedy she admits she hasn't fully grasped.

  • Warming trend coming

    High pressure is bringing back the 90s.We topped out exactly at 90 degrees Tuesday afternoon and temperatures are looking a few degrees warmer on Wednesday and Thursday.We are tracking another weak storm system clipping by the Four Corners that will bring back the breezes Wednesday afternoon, though.Expect winds in the Valley around 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.Winds will be a little stronger across northern Arizona with gusts near 30 to 35 mph.Expect lighter winds and almost identical temperatures on Thursday putting Phoenix up near 92 degrees.

  • Chandler student’s play wins national recognition

    “Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest” is the story of Nate and Fred, who must save Prince Mirrorgaze from Master Bully in a tale of self confidence overcoming bullying.The play was written by Chandler’s Michael Ford, a seventh-grader at Basis Charter School.Ford’s play won Young Playwrights for Change – a nationwide playwriting competition sponsored by The American Alliance for Theatre and Education and Theatre for Young Audiences USA.“Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest” was the winner of the Childsplay and Rising Youth Theatre’s local competition, and was submitted to the national contest alongside 19 other regional entries from across the country. Ford’s play was selected as the winning script by a panel of nationally recognized writers and theater artists, including Paula Donnelly, Gary Garrison, Marty Johnson, Aba S. Kumi, Louis Sachar and Mary Hall Surface.“I am completely excited. I half don’t believe it,” Ford said. “I’ve won nothing like this before.”Ford’s play will be presented in a staged reading by up to four professional actors and a director at The Kennedy Center for their New Visions, New Voices festival on May 16 in Washington, D.C.

  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt set for April 19 at Kiwanis Park

    Valley residents can participate in the sixth annual Tempe Community Easter Egg Hunt at the North Soccer Field at Kiwanis Park in Tempe on April 19.The egg hunt will begin at 9 a.m., but there will be face painting and crafting activities run by Tempe High School Key Club students from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Children are encouraged to come with parents and bring their own basket or sack to collect the eggs.

  • Seton Catholic students use Avengers’ shenanigans to win language contest

    After the Avengers forget their friend Pepper Potts’ birthday, students from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School assembled to resolve the situation by making a traditional French dessert.Nine French III students from Seton Catholic and across the East Valley, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert, won first place for a play about the Avengers they wrote and performed at the Arizona State University Language Fair in February.“We learned a lot of new French that we hadn’t gotten to yet,” said junior Ana Price. “Overall doing the play was a lot of fun. It was enjoyable to learn this French and not just study out of a book.”The play focuses on the Avengers learning how to make crème brûlée so they can give Pepper a nice birthday. However, the cooking class degenerates into a fight and develops into a dance scene, French teacher Robin Noudali said.“It turns out it was a dream sequence that Iron Man had fallen asleep in French class and he is remembering,” she said. “Then it ends with the teacher saying, ‘Next class is cooking class, and we’re making crème brûlée.’”The students worked on the play during class for several weeks. Through the performance the students improved their pronunciation, memorization and translation skills, which are all necessary to be successful in a foreign language, Noudali said.

  • After losing his possessed girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) in a car crash, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) meets and falls for Megan, a single white mother of two. As he moves into a new home with the family, Malcolm discovers bizarre paranormal events surrounding the children and the property. To complicate matters, a back-from-the-dead Kisha moves in across the street, and there's nothing worse than the scorn of a demonic ex-girlfriend.A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Official Trailer 2 | Marlon Wayans | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Official Trailer 2 | Marlon Wayans | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Official Trailer 2 | Marlon Wayans | 2014

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    After losing his possessed girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) in a car crash, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) meets and falls for Megan, a single white mother of two. As he moves into a new home with the family, Malcolm discovers bizarre paranormal events surrounding the children and the property. To complicate matters, a back-from-the-dead Kisha moves in across the street, and there's nothing worse than the scorn of a demonic ex-girlfriend.A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 Movie

  • Kidnapping, catchy tunes highlight Gilbert theater’s ‘9 to 5’

    Take a break from the office grind and enjoy some laugh therapy with Dolly Parton’s Tony Award-winning musical, “9 to 5,” on stage through May 17 at Hale Centre Theatre.The boisterous, jaunty tale follows Judy, Violet and Doralee as they kidnap their domineering and lecherous boss and make some major adjustments around the workplace in his absence. The only problem: What do they do with him now?Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, or Saturday afternoons. For showtimes and tickets, call (480) 497-1181 or visit HaleTheatreArizona.com.

  • TRAILERS FORMAT:Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6hSubscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUnLike us on FACEBOOK: http://goo.gl/dHs73Transcendence Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Johnny Depp Sci-Fi Movie HDTwo leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.The Movieclips Trailers channel is your destination for the hottest new trailers the second they drop. Whether it's the latest studio release, an indie horror flick, an evocative documentary, or that new RomCom you've been waiting for, the Movieclips team is here day and night to make sure all the best new movie trailers are here for you the moment they're released.In addition to being the #1 Movie Trailers Channel on YouTube, we deliver amazing and engaging original videos each week. Watch our exclusive Ultimate Trailers, Showdowns, Instant Trailer Reviews, Monthly MashUps, Movie News, and so much more to keep you in the know.Here at Movieclips, we love movies as much as you!Transcendence "Transcendence movie" "Transcendence trailer" "Wally Pfister" "Johnny Depp" "Kate Mara" "Morgan Freeman" "Rebecca Hall" "Cillian Murphy" "Paul Bettany" "Cole Hauser" "Jordan Goldberg" action drama sci-fi scifi "science fiction" cs "computer scientist" computers brain "teaser trailer" chip tech zedison

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    TRAILERS FORMAT:Subscribe to TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/sxaw6hSubscribe to COMING SOON: http://bit.ly/H2vZUnLike us on FACEBOOK: http://goo.gl/dHs73Transcendence Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Johnny Depp Sci-Fi Movie HDTwo leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

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  • ASU Chaucer event celebrates medieval humor

    Arizona State University’s English department is about to get medieval.The 2014 ASU Chaucer Celebration — themed “Chaucerian Comedy and the Senses (of Humor) — focuses on 14th century poetry, storytelling, music and comedy. A series of events celebrating the work of Geoffrey Chaucer, the noted “father of English poetry,” will take place Friday, April 18, on the ASU Tempe campus.Best known for penning “The Canterbury Tales,” Chaucer is considered one of the most important English language writers. In the Middle Ages, English was the language of the commoners, while typical “literary” languages were Latin, Greek or French. Chaucer’s work changed all that.According to English professor Richard Newhauser, Chaucer is still relevant today because he was humorous and provided commentary on what was acceptable in society, often making fun of himself.“Chaucer was genuinely funny, and things we find humorous help define who we are and what groups we can relate to,” Newhauser says. “There is a range of human experience that makes Chaucer a classic, and it is why he is still being studied after 700 years.”The choice to celebrate Chaucer each April at ASU is an informed one; the earliest archival mention of his name described an Easter clothing purchase in 1357. The duchess for whom Chaucer worked as a court page bought him a cape, new shoes and pants, considered very fine clothing at the time.

  • Win 2 tickets to ‘Once’ at ASU Gammage

    An unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear and the power of music to connect all of us — sounds like a great date night show, right?You could see it, the hit Broadway musical “Once,” live on stage at ASU Gammage, on the house. We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, opening night performance.To enter, send an email, subject lined ONCE, to GetOutAZ@getoutaz.com. Include your full name, your city of residence, a selfie and a short answer to this question: What song or musician is especially powerful for you and why?Two winners will be drawn and notified via email.

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  • Eastmark to open event pavilion

    Eastmark, a Mesa neighborhood community, will celebrate the opening of a new event pavilion with a concert series on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The concert series will be hosted at Eastmark Great Park, which is located near Ray and Ellsworth roads.There will be a dedication of the pavilion at 10 a.m., and the bands will take the stage at 11. Local school music groups, a jazz band, blues group, ’50s cover band and hip-hop group will perform after the dedication. There will also be food trucks at the event.

  • Judge rules Horne did not violate campaign finance laws

    Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election, a state administrative law judge ruled on Monday.In a 30-page ruling, Tammy Eigenheer acknowledged there were phone calls and emails between Horne and Kathleen Winn prior to the general election. At that time Winn was operating Business Leaders for Arizona, billed as an independent campaign committee.Eigenheer also said state laws preclude a candidate from coordinating with an independent committee on how it spends its money.But Eigenheeer said that the Yavapai County Attorney's Office had not proven to her that what either Horne or Winn broke campaign finance laws.The judge pointed out that there were reasons other than the election for Horne and Winn to have communicated with each other. That included that Winn, who now works at the Attorney General's Office, was helping Horne with a commercial real estate purchase.In essence, Eigenheer said evidence of improper conduct in a key phone call between the pair was largely circumstantial.

  • 'Let Joe Know': Are thieves spending your tax refund?

    Thieves could be spending your tax refund right now, and you wouldn’t know it until you try to file your taxes. It’s happening across the country and in the Valley.Kelli Branscomb and her husband were busy preparing their taxes at their Valley home. They used Turbo Tax online and put bits and pieces of information in, until they were finally ready to file.But when they did, they got a shock.“It said pending, which means our return had been submitted to the IRS for acceptance or approval,” Branscomb told me.She says someone else used their Social Security numbers.“We didn’t sign it or verify the account number. We did not send out our return,” Branscomb said.

  • Tempe-focused app offers users friendly nightlife experience

    Learning didn’t always come easy for 23-year-old Scottsdale native Daniel Mazzon, as teachers said his ability to listen and comprehend the material was below average. But instead of going through the motions, Mazzon opted to venture on his own and apply the skills he had to a different project.The result for the former Scottsdale Community College student is an app he says adds a new twist to the Tempe nightlife scene, and hopefully beyond the Valley.Mazzon felt that in a textbook world, the visions of his imagination would only be considered a fantasy. Last year, after seeing a demand that was lacking in the nightlife industry, Mazzon began to create Visionthenight – a free nightlife app that incorporates various forms of social media.“I knew that if I tackled every category the nightlife industry had to offer while adding my own original twists to it, Visionthenight would have the potential to change the social aspect of the nightlife industry for the better,” he said.Mazzon said he wanted to create an app that appealed to a party school like ASU, which is the first college to have it. The app can be used at bars in Mill Avenue in Tempe and Old Town Scottsdale.Right now the app is web-based and uses other application plug-ins such as Facebook, Google Maps, and SMS messaging. Visionthenight can be downloaded through the App Store on iTunes and can be used on the Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

  • ‘Chuck’ Wahlheim, co-founder of ‘East Valley Partnership,’ dies at 82

    Arizona businessman and former President of Cox-Arizona Publications Charles “Chuck” Wahlheim has died at the age of 82. A cause of death wasn’t immediately released, but his family says he had been in failing health for some time.He had an extensive career owning and/or operating over 50 newspapers, network and cable television stations — both as a publisher and corporate CEO. He assisted Rupert Murdoch with his first U.S. newspaper acquisition; Wahlheim, started using the East Valley brand in the Mesa Tribune, Chandler Arizonan, and the Tempe Daily News — newspapers purchased by the Cox newspaper chain out of Atlanta — as a marketing device aimed at giving his company’s newspapers creditability as an alternative.He co-founded the 850-member “East Valley Partnership” to identify, pursue and otherwise influence important regional businesses and political interests; he co-founded “Kid’s Voting,” a non-profit nationwide organization that helps educate more than 5 million children in 41 states on the importance of democracy and voting in America.He is a veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. Funeral plans weren’t immediately released.

  • Gilbert Town Council delays vote on BMX project, USA BMX willing to wait for decision

    Concerns voiced by Gilbert residents over a proposed BMX complex at a recent open house has led the Town Council to put off making a decision on the multi-million-dollar project. Even with the delay, the organization involved in the project is willing to wait for a decision from council members.The project in question is the construction of a new home for locally-based USA BMX that would feature a hall of fame, museum, business office, BMX course and bike park located near Greenfield and Germann roads and close to SanTan Village Mall. If built, the BMX course, which would include a 4,000-seat arena, would host four large scale national events a year.A vote by the Gilbert Town Council to approve or reject the project was set for April 17, but a recent Town Hall meeting on April 8 persuaded officials to wait on the vote. Gilbert spokesperson Dana Berchman said in an email the town is compiling the feedback it received from the meeting and added any ensuing steps, including if or when the project appears on an agenda, belong to the Town Council. She added there are no plans to host a third town hall meeting about the BMX complex.According to ABC15.com, the meeting — the second to address the topic in the last month — included concerns from audience members about traffic problems from an already busy section of Gilbert and noise coming from events at the complex.Both issues were addressed at the first town hall meeting in March, but something emphasized at the April meeting was the project’s expense, in particular the town’s contribution to it. The total cost to build the complex is estimated at $20 million, and the town would pay for at least $15 million up front to cover the expenses through bonds or money in reserve or parks funds.Town residents expressed a wish for those funds go to different projects, although Gilbert Economic Development Director Dan Henderson said the town will receive the money back in the long run. In a previous interview, Henderson said USA BMX will reimburse the town through lease payments over a 30-year period, and the agreement comes with a stipulation based on the growth of the facility’s popularity.

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  • Helping your loved one with a new gadget

    Have you noticed an edge in your mother's voice when she says she couldn't open a picture you emailed her? Or is there more of an anxious tremor when she asks how to open “the text messaging.” There are good reasons for these edgy and anxious moments. Our loved ones know they're missing precious places to connect with us and they want to stay in the loop!To properly engage your loved one using technology, start by recognizing desperation. Gadgets that we consider necessary for bridging communication can inadvertently create an enormous gulf. The situation is akin to pioneering families who couldn't access a photograph from far-flung relatives because they couldn't read the directions for opening a trunk that holds it. They know the precious contents are there, but getting to them seems nearly impossible.Making this basic shift in recognizing frustration goes a long way in bolstering your patience with a loved one’s technology helplessness.The next step is to synch up with the loved one in some thoughtful way. For example, if your parents have a Gmail account, get a free one for yourself. That way, a missing email can be tracked down more easily. You’ll be able to give specific directions, like “Click on the folders” on the left side, “Do you see the folder called ‘Spam’?” “No?” “Click the word ‘More’ and ‘Spam’ should come up below the line.” These specific instructions are more useful when you can see an identical screen.They are a big improvement over issuing general directions like, “Check the Junk mail folder.” Your loved one might not be familiar with these terms or use the same synonyms that you attach to technology, “spam” and “junk,” etc. Even though your general directions make perfect sense, they will be more effective when they’re tied directly to the screen that your loved one is viewing.

  • Philly's 13th St. brings good luck to great food

    PHILADELPHIA — Tourism officials will tell you the restaurant-rich area at the heart of downtown is called Midtown Village, but that moniker hasn't entirely caught on with the locals.The good news is that it doesn't matter what you call it. Philadelphia food-lovers just know 13th Street — which runs through the center of the neighborhood — as a vibrant area chockfull of great eateries and wine bars, a place to get anything from artisanal pizza and gourmet vegan to Asian fusion and modern Indian. And don't forget the freshly made prickly-pear gelato for dessert.While the city boasts many foodie destinations — from Fishtown in the north to East Passyunk in the south — Midtown Village is the most centrally located, sitting in the shadow of City Hall between the Liberty Bell and tony Rittenhouse Square.The once-seedy 13th Street corridor has been transformed in recent years in part through the efforts of chef Marcie Turney and her partner Valerie Safran. Their portfolio of restaurants, upscale gift shops and grocery store became core elements of the casually hip district.Among their properties: Perpetually popular Barbuzzo, which offers a Mediterranean kitchen and bar; Jamonera, a Spanish wine bar with an extensive sherry list; and the relatively new Italian dining room Little Nonna's. Their innovative take on Mexican food, Lolita, was scheduled to reopen in April after undergoing renovations.Another Mexican outpost is the hard-to-miss El Vez, a gregarious emporium from hometown restaurateur Steven Starr. And across the street is the eye-catching Sampan and its semi-hidden Graffiti Bar, both offering a contemporary Asian menu from chef Michael Schulson.

  • Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

    BALTIMORE — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental — or remedial — classes ever graduate.The problem is so profound that the advocacy group Complete College America dubs remedial classes the "bridge to nowhere." The challenge, educators say, is that even as billions are spent annually on remedial classes, many of these students run out of financial aid before they can complete their credit requirements, get discouraged by non-credit classes or find themselves unable to complete them.The Baltimore school is one of several places around the country looking to improve the odds for these students.The school, which serves a large swath of non-traditional students from the city of Baltimore, has combined some non-credit developmental classes, so students spend less time in them. It also has increased tutorial and other student supports and is re-thinking how classes are taught.Ennels' math classes include online, real-time assessments and students work at their own pace in areas they specifically need help.

  • Walk away from this pulled pork to make it better

    Here was the problem: I needed dinner ready by 7:15 p.m. But I was going to be out of the house for the two hours before that.Further complicating things, I had a pork tenderloin that I wanted to turn into pulled pork. But my typical stove top method of braising it until it falls apart wouldn't work if I wasn't there to keep an eye on the pot. And I hadn't planned far enough ahead (welcome to my world...) to have time to use the slow cooker.The solution? Braising the pork in the oven. It's faster than a slow cooker — but equally hands off — yet far gentler than stove top cooking. And along the way, I discovered a whole new — and so very effortless — way to make a rich sauce for my pork that had the added benefit of slipping in some vegetables.It actually was pretty simple. I brought a blend of white wine and chicken broth to a simmer, then added chopped butternut squash, sliced onion and my pork tenderloin. I returned the whole thing to a simmer, then popped the pot in the oven and walked away for two hours.By the time I got home, the pork was so tender it was falling apart. So were the vegetables. So I used a slotted spoon to fish out the pork, then I pureed the squash and onion. Add barbecue sauce and the pork (which was so tender it pretty much pulled itself) and I had a vegetable-rich barbecue pulled pork. The sauce was incredible, in part because the squash gave it a great natural sweetness, as well as a velvety texture.BUTTERNUT BARBECUE PULLED PORK

  • Greg Allen: Is, Was God dead in America?

    Someone recently told me about a movie titled “God’s Not Dead.” It stars Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame, Dean Cain of Superman fame, and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty. After I looked up the synopsis and read the critical reviews I decided to go watch it.The movie critics gave it a failing grade. One critic, who gave it a D-, said it was based on the premise of urban legend. At the end of the movie the credits read something like this film is inspired by ... then it listed court cases that have been brought against colleges and universities across America that have discriminated against students by violating their freedom of speech and religious liberties - the list was quite long. So, for that critic to say the film is a depiction of urban legend he’s either biased or misinformed.Some of the brightest minds in history, atheists, claimed they were once believers in God. On the other side of the coin you have C.S. Lewis, a brilliant English philosopher, who was an atheist then became a devout believer in a Divine Being.There’s a small faction in today’s society who are neither tolerant nor believing of such things. It’s their quest to change minds and quite often in a militant way.Such are those who make it their life’s work to remove every ruminant of God from society. They long to remove the words “In God We Trust” from American currency and eradicate the Ten Commandments from wherever they may be displayed.Why do they condemn or hate God so? If He’s nonexistent as they claim why don’t they just treat it like a myth, like the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus and not give it a second thought?

  • Dr. David Marz: Parade leads to uprising

    People around the world gather to wave flags, stare in awe at fireworks, throw candy, and line the streets to watch parades that commemorate a historical event. Many times these parades are linked to current revelry of food, drinking, and a full out party atmosphere. They are fun events. We enjoy them. All the while the true cultural-historical reason for the commemoration is often misplaced. Forgotten are the lives that were committed, and even lost, to bring about such historical events.Around the world today such parades have commenced. On this day, communities of faith join together in the celebration, clinching onto palm branches, yelling “Hosanna.” Hope is in the air. Today is known as Palm Sunday. It commemorates Jesus’ ride on a donkey toward Jerusalem and the people who welcomed him with praise. This story has become so familiar to the modern day family of faith that we often miss the revolutionary power of the event. The people of the day were under occupation and they believed that Jesus was coming to overturn the oppressive and corrupt political systems of the occupiers. Those in power saw this man from Nazareth stirring up the everyday people and making trouble. So by scheming means those in power arrested him, ridiculed him, falsely tried him, tortured him, and finally used a cross to kill him as a public form of showing what happens to those who resist.On this day some 2000 years ago, we might take into account that Jesus was not ushering in a new time of power, might, and authority that was to overthrow the oppressive occupiers. By riding a donkey (a symbol of peace and humility) rather than a warhorse, Jesus was resisting the continued fighting and turmoil that was brought about by the oppressive occupiers. Jesus sought a new revolutionary idea — active resistance through non-violent means to fight the systems that oppress. His invitation of a peace-filled resistance was too simple and revolutionary. So the parade of welcome turned to an uprising against him and his WAY. Today we often cheer for our heroes, but it is said that you should never meet your heroes because then you will learn who they really are. As modern families of faith, we might want to see who our Jesus really is. Many say we believe in Jesus and we get comfort. Yet that is very different from believing in the WAY of Jesus.Two things we can do:1) We might return to scriptures and reread the stories of faith through the lens of a revolutionary man who came to resist the powers of oppression through the way of peace. We might want to read again how he sought to stand up for the woman, children, poor, and the outsiders who were being cast down. All the while he used non-violent means to advance his kingdom.2) This week, known as Holy Week, we might choose to embrace an active belief in a new WAY. This week we remember the great suffering of one man that led to his death. He chose to suffer with and for all who are in loss, pain, suffering, and who are oppressed. Might we embrace the fact that he has partnered with each of us in our current day suffering? He is with you in your suffering.

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