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When pregnancy is not so pleasant (Hyperemesis Gravidarum)

My granddaughter has this and it can be difficult for some to understand. I was one of those who flourished during my pregnancies (I remember feeling nauseous 1 time during my 1st pregnancy; not at all during my other 3). Feeling miserable during the pregnancy does not mean she (& others who suffer) do not love and eagerly await their child. There are few things I am absolutely positive about, but one is how much Cait loves and looks forward to holding Audrey Nicole in her arms.
We are looking forward to both the blessing of Audrey being here and the cessation of Cait’s symptoms. I truly admire the woman of strength she has become as I read and learn more about what she is going through.

Kenyan Mama Tales

A Facebook friend of mine (Judy) is undergoing a tough time. She’s expecting her second born. Yes, she should be happy. And she is. But her pregnancy is not going the way she’d want it.

I remember my first trimester in pregnancy was dreadful. Morning sickness, nausea, diarrhoea – were part of my days. But it doesn’t even come close to the pain my friend is going through. She has Hyperemesis Gravidarum – otherwise known as HG. It’s like morning sickness on steroids! This means she can’t keep any food down. And it could prove detrimental to her and baby.

HG Courtesy of kidshealth.org

Despite the pain, long hospital stays and sheer exhaustion, she maintains a positive spirit. This is the second time she’s going through HG. And she says her first was worse – probably because she’s receiving better treatment in Denmark (where she lives) than in Kenya. She documented…

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Mom’s Night Out — Interview with Producer Kevin Downes

This is a Must See film! I rarely laugh out loud while watching a comedy, but I did with this one. Can hardly wait to see it again!

CJ's Corner

Mom's Night Out I had the opportunity to interview producer Kevin Downes about his latest film, Mom’s Night Out . It’s a comedy due to release on May 9th. The synopsis is as follows:

“All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong? MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.”

Kevin DownesHere are the highlights from our conversation…

CJ: Most summer films seem to be aimed at men, but this film seems to be designed for women.

KEVIN: Most of my films in the past have been sort of geared toward men – Films I’ve acted in like Courageous

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Film Scoring: An Interview with Jurgen Beck

One of my favorite composers. Jurgen Beck’s music always greatly enhances any film he works on.
Make sure you check out his FB page at https://www.facebook.com/jurgenbeckmusic

Beyond the Mask

Jurgen digitally sketches a cue in his studio. Jurgen digitally sketches a cue in his studio.

“I don’t create music, I create emotions,” explains Beyond the Mask’s composer Jurgen Beck. “The music partners up with the story and the visuals and cinematography to achieve that.”

This week, I had the privilege of interviewing Jurgen to find out more about the work he’s doing for Beyond the Mask.  He is a gifted musician, and became involved in producing music early in life. Having grown up in Germany, his gentle accent has been softened by the years he has lived in Texas. I noticed his accent most when he pronounced the names of some of his favorite German composers, such as Johann Bach, Ludwig Beethoven, or Hans Zimmer. Americans definitely don’t say those names correctly! Jurgen offers a quick smile, an easy laugh, and is eager to share about his passion with music.

Jurgen loves music, but one of the…

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To the quiet, boring girl in class

The Matt Walsh Blog

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I got this message from “quiet” Kate a few days ago:


Dear Matt,

So sorry for bugging you when I know you get SO many emails everyday! My mom loves your blog, she told me and my dad about it. She reads your new entries out loud almost every day at the dinner table! I bet you’re super creeped out now lol but don’t be. She’s not a crazy stalker. Well… she’s not crazy anyway lol. Anyway, after she told me about you I went and looked up your blogs. I love so many of them! I especially loved what you wrote about introverts. I don’t know if you remember it (this was a few months ago) but you stood up for introverts and said you are one yourself…. which was a surprise!

I’m writing to you because I’m very introverted also. I’m in tenth grade and I’ve been this way…

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I’m a Christian and I think ‘Noah’ deserves a four star review

The Matt Walsh Blog

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On Friday, my wife and I had a very rare date night.

Naturally, we decided to spend it being pummeled by the blaring condescension of the most insipid, absurd, unimaginative, clumsily contrived piece of anti-Christian filmmaking to come along since, well, probably just last week.

In fact, if I learned anything from Noah, it’s this: despite popular perception, you can often judge a book by its cover. Also, giant deformed rock monsters make for awkward supporting characters.

We’ll meditate on that second item in a moment, but it’s the first point that should be especially emphasized.

Christians: you’ll hear people insist that you can’t criticize the movie until you’ve seen it. Noticeably, the loudest voices in this camp are the ones who will (rather coincidentally, I’m sure) profit immensely if you meet their challenge.

Don’t.

Don’t bother.

You can hate this film without watching it, for the same reason…

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Cindy Navarro – Movie and Book Reviewer and Social Media Assistant

Cindy Navarro – Movie and Book Reviewer and Social Media Assistant.