Edie

By Christopher Zoukis Oak Hill Cemetery is in Ballard, California, which is near Santa Barbara, which boasts ‘perfect weather’ all year round.  With their addresses carved in granite, three thousand plus permanent residents abide in Oak Hill, surrounded by verdant greenery, cool ocean breezes skimming over cerulean blue water.  A permanent address should make one […]

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Creed of Violence: A Novel

The Creed of Violence, a novel by Boston Teran, has supposedly been made into a movie.  What’s interesting is not the movie or the novel or the fact that the novel was optioned prior to publication.  What’s interesting is Boston Teran, an author that no one knows anything about.  Very mysterious stuff.  Some people think […]

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Movie Review: The Eagle

By Christopher Zoukis Image courtesy rottentomatoes.com The military standard of the Roman Empire – more accurately known as SPQR (the senate and people of Rome) – was an eagle fabricated of gold.  No enemy was ever allowed to take and hold the eagle.  If, by chance, an eagle was lost to the enemy, the might […]

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LORD ACTON

By Christopher Zoukis

I recently had occasion to watch the movie Absolute Power, starring Clint Eastwood.  The imaginative and provocative title of the flick was borrowed from one of the most famous aphorisms ever written:  “All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  An aphorism, of course, is ‘a short, concise statement of a principle; a maxim.’  The term comes from the Greek aphorismos, which referred to a definition or a short pithy statement.

The aphorism under discussion – “absolute power” – was composed by Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, who was born in 1834 and died in 1902.  Lord Action was an erudite historian, and a bit of a rabble-rouser, for he was the leader of a liberal Roman Catholic minority that refused to accept the doctrine of papal infallibility.  The concept of papal infallibility for those who don’t know asserts that the Pope, as the supreme pontiff, is protected from the human capacity for error, when speaking about faith and morals.  This protection is provided by God Himself.  In other words, when the Pope speaks ex cathedra, he is non posse peccare, infallible.  The doctrine, sanctioned and published by the Vatican Council in July, 1870, is not a trifling matter.  The Holy Office firmly believes the doctrine to be true.  Anyone who disagrees is branded with the identifying mark of heresy. 

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COOKING UP A STORM

By Christopher Zoukis

Some friends of mine were playing ‘Name That Movie,’ which is where one person quotes a line from a movie and the others guess the movie.  It’s a fun game to play, but not nearly as fun as going to a movie, hoping it might have one of those memorable scenes that you’ll never forget. 

For some unexplainable reason, cooking movies have always mesmerized me.  Probably because food, especially sharing food with others – in a restaurant for example – carries so much meaning.  To me, eating dinner at a restaurant with friends or family is almost a religious experience, because of the sacramental elements.  But now I’m getting maudlin.  And the point of this article is to enumerate my favorite cooking movies, which all had great kitchens with just the right equipment that gave them just the right look and just the right feel.  That’s why they’re so memorable.

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