By Catherine Larson|Published Date: October 28, 2009
I’ll be interested to see how they bring the true story of Baltimore Raven Michael Oher to the big screen this November. My husband and I caught a glimpse of Oher on NFL draft day. This 6-foot-5, 309-lb offensive tackle was a first-round draft pick for the Ravens earlier this year. Oher, an African-American, embraced his Caucasian family on draft day with tears. They all seemed half his size. As it turned out, they had adopted Michael in high school.
This troubled teen came from a broken home where his father had been murdered and his mother had been a crack addict. He attended 11 different schools during his first nine years as a student, and alternated between foster homes and no fixed address until he was 16 years old. After Oher began attending Briarcrest Christian School, a family of two other children in the school, the Tuohys, took Michael in. They cared for him, hired him a tutor, and eventually adopted him.
The film looks like it has all the makings of a heartwarming story. Hopefully, I can give you my take after it comes out mid-November. In the meantime, here’s the trailer.
Literature is better than any self-help book. Judges have used it to help and educate offenders. There are even literary alternative sentencingprograms for low-level offenders.
The University of Virginia started a program at a local correctional facility teaching Russian literature. It's been a success, helping the offender see the moral aspects of living. One inmate said that at the end of each class, he "he felt like a human being again."
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After being denied a run for prom queen at his high school by district officials, gay student Coy Villasenor cried foul: “I wear foundation, I fill in my eyebrows, I take care of myself how a female should. . . . I’ve had hair down to my chest for four years. I donated it. I wear tight pants. I was considered a girl. So if that wasn’t good enough for them, then I think, I just think they’re making it up.”
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It's been a while since I posted a bleg, but here's a quick one: My essay on C. S. Lewis is a finalist in an essay competition over at Book Riot. If you'd like to vote for it, just go to the page and click Like on the top left side. Thanks!READ FULL ARTICLE »
Centurion Jason Kanz has written a great blog post about his experiences in the program. "If you choose to do this," he writes, "I promise you will never look at the world in the same way again. And that is a good thing."
You still have time to apply for the 2013-14 Centurion class -- the deadline has been extended to May 24. Go here to find out how to get involved!READ FULL ARTICLE »