Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting


With a wild first two weeks of the NFL regular season behind us, now is the perfect time to start studying trends and game lines and get in on NFL online betting. While many new sports bettors may only be familiar with point spread betting, there are dozens of Read more

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae


It boggles my mind and, yet, it's the primary example that it can be done with hard work, faithfulness, and, most importantly, the grace of God. It boggles my mind because I first met Lecrae back in the early days of college when he performed a concert at Christ United Read more

Memo to the NFL: Clean it up or Close it down


Two weeks ago before a video emerged of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally hitting his wife in a hotel elevator, I gave my students an assignment as a writing prompt. “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said if a player is accused of domestic abuse moving forward, the punishment Read more

What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired


To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities--food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.


When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I've always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn't seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I'd seen clips here Read more

A (Video) Wake-Up Call


We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, Read more

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Introducing “From Dixie with Love”

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At The Wise Guise, our goal has been to serve as a constant source of opinionated entertainment. That entertainment has come in many different forms: from film reviews and sports analysis to electoral maps and social media critiques.

The desire has always been there to create and share content that isn’t so cynical. By nature, writers feel most compelled to write about a subject that triggers criticism. Well, forget “writers”; social media shows EVERYONE relishes in displaying their skeptical side.

In 2013, Clayton started a series called “Bright Spots,” a showcase of more positive stories within the South. This year, I’m pleased to announce we’re extending that concept into its own site, called “From Dixie with Love.”

The mission of “From Dixie with Love” is simple: we want to present journalism from the South that inspires. Locally, nationally, and globally, one can find it hard to locate encouraging words on the region and the people who call it home.  This blog will shine light on the news from the South that shows the enormous amount of goodwill so little seen by the mainstream.

The new blog will also push positive political action. There’s been an on-going discussion behind-the-scenes at The Wise Guise about what type of political and social content is suitable for the concept of this site. While The Wise Guise will continue to serve as the definitive home of up-to-the-minute topical discussion, From Dixie with Love will act more as an outlet for personal political advocacy, featuring issues that carry special importance to our individual writers.

Best of all, it won’t just be us rambling. We expect to have submissions from those in and outside of the South who want to share reassuring thoughts on the area. Anyone can submit, too; details on how to send and recommend content will be coming soon.

In the meantime, throughout this week, you’ll be seeing different members of The Wise Guise team posting at “From Dixie with Love” with resolutions Southerners can make to change their lives for the better in the new year.

I hope you’re looking forward to this new place for bright spots about the South as much as we are. Thanks for joining us on this new endeavor that is an exciting new digital addition to the Wise Guise family.

A Great Teacher, a Great Father, and Faith

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“When you look at physics, it’s all about laws and how the world works. But if you don’t tie those laws into a much bigger purpose, the purpose in your heart, then they are going to sit there and ask the question ‘Who cares?’”

“Kids are very spiritual — they want a bigger purpose. I think that’s where this story gives them something to think about.”

What is this story? It’s the simple story of a a high school physics teacher, a husband, a father, and a man of faith. It’s the story many of us have lived, are living, and will live. We try our best to love, but we come up short. We have doubts. We have obstacles. Expectations aren’t met. Life doesn’t go the way we had planned it or dreamed it. We fall down. Those we love fall down.

And then we face choices. We face them every moment of every day. Do we give up? Do we throw our hands up in the air? Or do we look to a higher purpose? Do we reach out to supernaturally love one another and sacrifice our own plans, schedules, and dreams to love others who really need it?

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“Wolf of Wall Street” Roars Back into Oscar Race

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The second of the all-important guilds – the Producers Guild of America – unveiled their Best Picture nominations, and most of the line-up was the usual suspects in this year’s Oscar race.

The selections for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures were as follows:

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The 13 Best Things in Entertainment for 2013

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Isn’t 13 suppose to be an unlucky number? Don’t tell that to the entertainment industry. This past year turned out to be one of innovation on multiple fronts.

The cable box took a back seat to streaming services in the pursuit of new TV series. Music artists started offering up full album appetizers for listening before consumers bought the main course. A wide range of fresh devices entered the market, including newly numbered gaming consoles and tablets with more pixels than we could count.

Of course, not everything had the high-quality stamp of approval. Despite crafting a surprisingly solid album, Miley Cyrus seemed more content making shock performances for headlines than art. Ben Affleck being chosen as the new Batman left more than a few of us scratching our heads. Oh, and let’s not even begin to get into Kim and Kanye’s new child, A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” debacle and the epic meltdown of Amanda Bynes.

Instead, let’s focus in on the sights and sounds that left us feeling good. Without further hype, here are the top 13 things that made 2013 a satisfying year. Read more

Remembering My Grandma

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On Christmas night, 2013, my grandmother, Roselyn Joyce Ball, passed away at the age of 85. We received the call after dinner in Memphis, as we were preparing to open presents with my family in Memphis. I had the honor to have a great 30 minute phone conversation with her the week before she passed. We were planning on going to visit her in Springfield, Missouri on December 26th. We still made the journey to my mother’s hometown in the heartland of America, but instead of celebrating with her, we celebrated her life instead. After Jeremy shared his reflections on his grandmother’s life earlier this year, I thought the best way to commemorate my Grandma’s life would be to share the eulogy I gave at her funeral. Goodbye, Grandma. I’ll miss you, but I’ll see you later.

It only feels appropriate that we gather here today, a few days after Christmas, to mourn, remember, lay to rest, and celebrate the life of Grandma. Many of us knew her by different names.

Rosalyn. Joyce. Mom. Grandma. Wild Crazy Grandma… the nickname Derek gave her because we always joked with her that she dressed up nicer than everyone else for her Oasis Ministry (the seniors ministry at their church) adventures, which I always said were just her and Grandpa’s excuse to party like rockstars. Grandma took that as a badge of honor.

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But it’s only appropriate that we are here after Christmas because it was this time of the year in which her family would always gather around Grandma and Grandpa and spend quality time together. I have many memories of opening presents on Christmas morning and then hopping in the car within 24 hours to go to Springfield. Or sometimes Grandma and Grandpa would come to Memphis at Christmas time.

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Top Five Albums of 2013

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As we wrap up this year and begin a new one, our top music reviewer ranks his top five albums of 2013.

Honorable Mentions: Reflektor by Arcade Fire; Random Access Memories by Daft Punk; Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend; The Lone Bellow by The Lone Bellow

5) Yeezus by Kanye West

Kanye is on a different level than other artists. He’s absolutely crazy, like insane, loose cannon crazy. But there is no question that he is a genius. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was great, one of my all time favorites, but Yeezus is transcendental. It will be the album people associate him with in 50 years.

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