September 3, 2015


Hello, Hanlin Family!

This past Tuesday (9/1), I was invited to attend the premiere of a new Christian film called 90 Minutes in Heaven - starring Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) and Kate Bosworth (the girlfriend from Remember the Titans). It would be another whirlwind trip, just like in March when I visited the film set for this movie. So, I packed a small suitcase, grabbed my gear, and at oh-my-gosh-o'clock in the morning, I was on my way to Atlanta, Georgia.

The whole experience was so much fun. I had a spot on the red carpet to grab the interviews I could, and take as many pictures of the talent as I wanted to. I only vlogged the first day, since on the second I fully concentrated on work, but as I said, it was so much fun. Hope you enjoy!

August 30, 2015


Happy Sunday, folks!

You may or may not know... the five of you reading this blog who aren't already my friends... that my friend Josie Eli has just published her first book! It's called The Prince of Rumandy, and I actually had the opportunity to read one of the first edits a few years ago. It was good then, so I can't wait to read the finished product. Saturday (8/29) was Josie's launch party of sorts, so I brought my camera and y'all along with me just for kicks. It was a lovely afternoon.

Also, Aemelia popped over for a few hours this week to sort out some of the pictures from last week's wedding, and we ended up dancing like fools half the time. It was fantastic. My neighbors think we're insane. They may not be wrong.

Next week is an extremely busy, extremely exciting week for me - which includes traveling, and there will most likely be multiple video blogs coming out of it, so keep yer eyes peeled! (What does that even mean? Also, gross.)

August 25, 2015

The Way of Beauty

The Way of Beauty

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, has called for a “way of beauty” - via pulchritudinis. The Holy Father explains: “Proclaiming Christ means showing that to believe in and to follow him is not only something right and true, but also something beautiful, capable of filling life with new splendor and profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties. Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus” (#167).

Who fulfills this better than the Blessed Virgin Mary? As J.R.R. Tolkien put it, “all my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.”

Why a way of beauty? I once heard a remarkable talk by the poet Dana Gioia in which he said that the absence of beauty in the world has left a hole in our thinking. People instinctively seek beauty, not logic. Those who manage to change the world do so by embodying their ideas - turning them into something beautiful. He contended that if the Church fails to offer a beautiful vision to the world, then people will stay away. And I think he is right.

The Allure of Beauty

August 23, 2015


This happened yesterday (8/22). Aren't they stunning?
Lovely bride, handsome groom, lots of Jesus, wine, and dancin'... of course I vlogged it. Must you even ask?

August 15, 2015

CLASSIC CARS & A LITTLE HAUL | vlog #woodwarddreamcruise

Hello, Hanlin Family!

First order of business, I'd like to draw your attention to my latest film review, for Kristen Wiig's Welcome to Me. Surprisingly, that particular post shot up to my "most viewed" list almost immediately after I posted it last Wednesday. I'm guessing it's because there wasn't a Catholic review of it yet. But that's just my speculation. Anyway, read that after you watch this week's vlog. *winks*

Yes, I was shamelessly tooting my own horn just now.

August 12, 2015

Welcome to Me (R) 2015 {Review}

Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig) has never been stable. Diagnosed with severe bipolar, borderline personality disorder... and divorced, extremely self-absorbed, living on disability with a fixation on Oprah Winfrey, deadpan Alice finds herself the state lottery winner of $84 million.

August 7, 2015


Last week was a big week for me. Huge, actually, because last week I moved away from home and into an apartment in the city with a roommate and bills. Adulthood, y'all. Also, a tree fell on our chicken coop and completely demolished it, so that's exciting.

August 1, 2015


Hello, Hanlin family.

Oy, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of ups and downs, so this vlog is another short one, but in the interest of consistency, I thought I'd make a little video anyway.


July 24, 2015

HORSE PHOTOBOMB | vlog (Answer me This, Vol. 9)

It's vlog time, folks!

Every August at the Hanlin Family picnic, we have a standing horseshoe pitching contest, and every year, my dad and I participate. He's always been a decent pitcher, and I won the trophy with an uncle at a different Hanlin party about five years ago now by a wild stroke of luck (a story for another time), but I've never had a talent for the sport overall.

This year, my dad and I decided to try and do something about it.

(This week's Answer me This entry is below the video.)

the problem with pets

The problem with having pets is that eventually you love them.

And eventually you have to say goodbye.

July 20, 2015

Street-erview with Lit - STREET NEWSPAPERS (video)

Street + Interview = Street-erview. I don't know.

Last week, as you know, I went to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and had a grand time. And while I was there, I had the opportunity to speak with a vendor for the street newspaper, Groundcover News. I did include this wee interview in last week's video blog, but I thought I'd put it in a standalone video, just for fun, and for those who didn't watch the vlog (I know it was a long one).

I am hoping in the near future to interact with more vendors in interview form and discover more about them and their business, but for now, if anyone has any more curiosities towards the legitimacy of the vendors, here is their code, copied directly from an issue of their newspaper:

July 18, 2015

SO MUCH TALENT \ Ann Arbor Street Art Fair 2015

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is one of my favorite places to be in the summertime. I'm always amazed by the amount of talent out and about during that half-week: musicians on street corners and the vendors whose booths line over 30 blocks of downtown Ann Arbor. This year was the 56th year, and I spent as much time there as possible. Aemelia and I went on Wednesday afternoon and spent some time catching up together and wandering around after an amazing Potbelly sub, and Erin and I went together on Thursday evening for a meander and some girl time. Bless my dad for telling me to bring bikes... they were so much fun, and saved our feet some grief. ;)

And of course, I vlogged it!