I just finished watching the movie “Save Me”. It’s about a young gay and drug addicted man who is put into a rehab facility for homosexuals where he finds love, a struggle for truth and healing. Obviously not a lighthearted topic, but a powerful one nonetheless. I watched this movie waiting for overt Christian bashing but surprisingly the movie stayed away from that. It was also very interesting to see how they portrayed the influences of 12-step programs, addictive ‘acting-out’, family relationships, grief and loss, and the church. I have to warn that the opening sequence is quite explicit, the rest of the movie stays generally palatable for sensitive viewers. I think it’s definitely a worthwhile watch for someone who wants to see more of the struggles surrounding these issues. Continue reading Just Watched: “Save Me”
This week I’m spending a few days away on vacation. It’s more like ‘getting away’ for a few days, but I haven’t done much of that so this is a welcome rest. An old friend was so kind as to take me away for a few days to just chill at his house in central Illinois. Before we left, we spent a day at Six Flags Great America – which I hadn’t done in years. We had a great time but it’s become quite apparent that the park is focusing more and more on ‘family’ attractions for small children. It seems they only have a hand full of coasters left that would attract adult thrill-seekers.
What I’m most grateful for was all the time I had to talk with my friend. We’ve been friends since the beginning of 1998 and have had huge gaps of time away since then. We spent the day really catching up on each others lives and examining all of the complexities therein. It was kinda funny to be discussing significant influences on your life and then screaming your head off as you go upside down on a roller caster almost in the same breath. One thing is certainly clear to me now– I’m getting older. As great as the rides were, after a few I would have rather sat somewhere and talked.
Continue reading Time Away: Darren’s Summer Vacation