THE LONELY ISLAND BOYS

Born or Created? “The toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself. None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack. But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out; there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart.” Even if Ralph looked the part of a leader, It’s obvious Piggy had the smarts to be the most effective leader. He was Ralph’s right-hand boy and even helped Ralph work through his speeches and thought process. Jack is the type of leader who just enjoys being in charge and telling others what to do. I think this is the worst kind of leader. Try, Try Again “He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a …

KARMA’S A WITCH

What’s Worse? “It’s funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful. Occasionally one comes across parents who take the opposite line, who show no interest at all in their children, and these of course are far worse than the doting ones.” Educators, do you prefer the doting parents who think their kid can do no wrong or would you rather interact with the more aloof parents who could not care less about their children or how they’re performing in school? I think I would prefer the standoffish parent because they wouldn’t be as annoying as the helicopter parents. Cheaters Always Prosper? “No one ever got rich being honest.” Darn it! Well, looks like I needs to get to lying so I can retire early and start traveling the world. Parents Just Don’t Understand “She knew it was wrong to hate her parents like this but she was finding it very hard not to do so.” It’s basically a right of passage for all kids to go through the phase of hating their parents, but that hatred usually doesn’t …

LOVE AND SAPPINESS

If you’ve read our review of The Notebook, then you know we have little to say on the topic. Of course the trend continued when it came to reviewing the movie because The Notebook did nothing for us. Lucky for us, Nicholas Sparks is a sorcerer who forsaw our current predicament of being at a loss for words when it comes to leading this discussion, so for this edition of the gabfest, we are using the discussion questions from the novel. Double Trouble When asked by her mother, Allie claims to love both Noah and Lon. Do you think it is possible to be in love with two people at the same time? Father Knows Best Gus tells Noah, “My daddy used to tell me ‘the first time you fall in love, it changes your life forever, and no matter how hard you try, the feelin’ never goes away. This girl you been tellin’ me about was your first love. And no matter what you do, she’ll stay with you forever.” Do you think this is true? Can you still remember your first love? The Power of Words The letters Noah and Allie write to each other, the poems they …

FAITH, FAMILY, AND FOOTBALL

Game Changer “All by himself, Lawrence Taylor altered the environment and forced opposing coaches and players to adapt. In addition to being the reason the NFL started keeping track of quarterback sacks, Lawrence Taylor was the only rookie ever named the NFL’s most valuable defensive player.” No I in Team “In football you never do anything alone. Even though you’re Joe Montana you still need Jerry Rice, and the nine other guys on the offense, if you’re going to be any good. That’s why Terrell Owens got himself in so much trouble. He thought he was bigger than the game. And no one player is bigger than the game.” 20/20 Hindsight “Football history, like personal history, is cleaner and more orderly in retrospect than it is at the time. It tends not to have crisp beginnings and endings. It progresses an accident at a time.” The Leader of the Pack “Offensive linemen were the stay-at-home mothers of the NFL: everyone paid lip service to the importance of their contribution yet hardly anyone could tell you exactly what that was. The offensive line never abandoned, at least in public, its old vague socialistic ideology. All for one, one for all, as …

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD JEWS

Define Brave “You’re either for the Führer or against him–and I can see that you’re against him. You always have been. It’s pathetic–how a man can stand by and do nothing as a whole nation cleans out the garbage and makes itself great.” Hans Junior calls Papa Hans a coward for not being more eager to join The Party, but I say it is braver to not follow the crowd like a lemming when you know the crowd is wrong. The Thin Line “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you…A boy who loves you” Whether it’s good or bad, someone who has such strong feelings is always dangerous. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin. What Not to Wear “I like this human idea of the grim reaper. I like the scythe. It amuses me. I do not carry a sickle or scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold.” My question is what does Death wear when it’s not cold? I’m guessing jeans and a basic tee because Death likes to keep things casual. Knock, Knock “…one opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life …