It wasn’t the flavor of her lasagna or the shabby section of town where her restaurant was located that made Elaine Kaufman into a legendary celebrity. What Elaine Edna Kaufman from the Bronx created was a community of interesting people. In an age of excessive controls and isolation, a time when new homes are built without front porches and cafeteria workers get sued for calling customers “honey,” she created a special gathering space, a place where characters were appreciated, a place where a managerial ethos hadn’t snuffed out the last remnants of surprise, and rough edges were still permitted to flourish.
For years now, efforts to create peace between Israel, the Palestinians, and the other Muslim countries in the Middle East, have foundered on the rocks of hatred and intolerance. For example, the Obama government favors a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But what he so obviously omits is a demand that the new Palestinian state be as democratic and open as the Jewish state. Obama seems not to care if the Palestinian state becomes just another jihadist haven for continued attacks against Israel.
Trust Jay Leno, America’s humorist, to get a laugh out of it. The Tonight Show audience howled when he said, “It was bad enough when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents would go through your underwear in your luggage. Now they’re going through your underwear while you’re wearing it.”
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is a treasure trove of timeless Christian truths able to edify, enlighten, educate, and entertain both children and adults alike.
C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia book series is a fascinating allegory of Christian faith as it walks its reader through various tenets of Christianity. Recognizing both the mastery and implicit spirituality of the book series, Walden Media elected to portray the lively tales on the big screen, and thank goodness for that. Thus far, the films have artistically captured the strength of the novels, and the most recent installment, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is a prime example of that.