There is ANOTHER Skywalker Aug07

There is ANOTHER Skywalker...

After watching the Star Wars saga unfold, some might believe Luke is the hero of the tale. Those people are wrong. Luke is a vitally important character to the story, but he really exists to bring about the inciting incident in the third act of the real hero: Anakin Skywalker. And I can prove it by explaining how the Force works. The Force is the mystical life energy that gives Jedi Knights and the Sith their superhuman abilities. It is also much more complex than the Star Wars movies would have viewers believe. The Force is identified in Jedi teachings as having two distinct but symbiotic faces: The Living Force and the Unifying Force. The Unifying Force is treated similarly to “God” in the Star Wars universe. It is a cosmic entity high above all life, possibly having played some role in life’s very existence. It has no physical form, but exists within all life. When light exists so must darkness. The Living Force is what we see on the screen. This is the physical manifestation of the aethereal power. It is the arm of the Force that interacts with the physical world. From my Christian perspective, or even from a Muslim one, that could be defined as the “Holy Spirit.” Other faiths may describe it as mandala or something akin to an avatar. When Obi-Wan leaps 50 feet into the air or Count Dooku projects bolts of lightning from his hands, it is the Living Force being accessed. Throughout the movies we hear references to the “light side” and “dark side” of the Force, which ultimately implies that the Force has some guiding moral characteristic. Should one delve into the nerdy depths of Force lore (as I have), this belief does not hold...

A tetractys for TK421 Jun17

A tetractys for TK421...

Why aren’t you at your post? If only you would go to target practice, like we ask Why can’t you accomplish this single task? I have no clue Why aren’t you at your post?

Star Wars books for kids May04

Star Wars books for kids...

So you want your kids (or nieces or nephews or cousins) to love Star Wars as much as you do? Consider reading some of these series with them. I grew up reading these and they still have a fond place in my heart. In honour of May the 4th, you might want to check some of these out! 1. Junior Jedi Knights by Nancy Richardson This series is about Han and Leia’s son (that’s right) Anakin, his friend Tahiri, and their adventures while training at the Jedi Academy. R2D2 is along for the journey as well, of course. When you’re done these, try the Young Jedi Knight series, which is about Han and Leia’s older children, twins Jacen and Jaina. 2. Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson Ever wonder what Obi-Wan was like as a kid? Short answer: he was awesome. But to find out why, you’d have to read the Jedi Apprentice series. It begins with Obi-Wan being sent away from the Temple because he passed the age he was supposed to be accepted as an apprentice and Qui-Gon refused to take him on. 3. Galaxy of Fear by John Whitman Tash and Zak, survivors of the destruction of their home planet Alderaan because they were off world at the time, accompany their uncle around the galaxy as he studies sapient races. And they encounter some really scary things. Seriously. These books are creepy. But for some reason, I couldn’t read enough of them as a kid. Watch out for cameo appearances by some classic Star Wars characters. What were your favourite Star Wars books to read as a...