A Christian Contemplation on Suicide


Have you ever heard a truly great preacher? I’m not talking about the stereotypical hell-fire-and-brimstone one the church of olden days churned out. I’m also not referencing the feel-good spiritual gurus who dominate the airwaves now, who seem to be OK with everything except not leaving a donation in Read more

The One that Hurts the Most: Rest in Peace, Robin Williams


Yesterday, we were all shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Robin Williams. We each simply wanted to share a few words about our experiences with the actor and comedian that brought so much joy and laughter to the world. Some of us talk about Read more

Elvis Week Spotlight: New That's The Way It Is and Viva Las Vegas Digibooks


With this year's Elvis Week kicking off a week from today on August 9 - August 17, The Wise Guise wanted to shine some light on a timely new product from Warner Bros. in the form of an Elvis: That's The Way It Is - Two Disc Special Edition Blu-ray Read more

The Bachelorette Finale: "Why'd You Make Love With Me?"


The Bachelorette finale is in the books. The journey is over. Andi found true love and happiness, and Nick’s hand-drawn storybook found the nearest dumpster in the Dominican Republic. But before we move on, I need to take care of two things. 1) I’m having a hard time writing this post Read more

The Binge-Worthy Shows of the Summer Season


The dog days are here. It’s hot. No need to be outside when it feels like absolute death. So what better to do than park it in front of the TV and catch up on some quality television programming before the Fall TV Season begins. Here are three picks to Read more

The Bachelorette: Men Tell All Recap & Final Rose Preview


Well, my experiment failed. I thought maybe if I stopped writing about this season that it would just go away. I got tired of Andi and her boy(z II men). I was tired of watching these men swaddled in scarves perusing some of this world’s greatest cities. But, I Read more

Awards Addict: Thoughts on the 2014 Golden Globes Winners & Losers

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goldenglobes Awards Addict: Thoughts on the 2014 Golden Globes Winners & Losers

Alex and Joseph share their thoughts on the 2014 Golden Globes and what the winners/losers mean for the Oscar nominations coming out this Thursday. Enjoy!

Spreading the Love: How the Globes did little to solve the Oscar Race Puzzle

By Alex Beene

You say you want an Oscar race? Apparently, if last night is any indication, we have a big one on our hands. The award wins were all over the place, with the only strong contender emerging from the pile being “American Hustle.”

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Roundtable: Vanderbilt Fan Reactions to James Franklin Leaving

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franklinvandy Roundtable: Vanderbilt Fan Reactions to James Franklin Leaving

As James Franklin settles in as the new head coach at Penn State and Vanderbilt’s recruiting class continues to evaporate into thin air, I asked members of Commodore Nation to share their reflections, retrospectives, and/or rants about Franklin’s exit along with the past, present, and future of Vanderbilt football. First, I share my thoughts and then let other members of Commodore Nation speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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In Defense of Cougar Town

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cougar town header In Defense of Cougar Town

In the fall of 2009, a show premiered on ABC. It was slotted behind what many believed would be the sure-fire hit of the season, Modern Family, so it would automatically have a good number of overflow viewers. Except the subject matter seemed like it wouldn’t be very family friendly. It was a show about older, attractive women out there on the prowl for younger men. It was Cougar Town.

But if you’ve watched the show at all in the last four and a half years, you know that Cougar Town is not at all about slutty older women trying to get in bed with 20-something boy toys. It’s a show about a group of friends, about a mother/son relationship, and a father/son relationship. It’s a show about young love, a new marriage, a marriage entering its middle-aged phase, and how all of these people in these different phases of life enjoy themselves.

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DGA, BAFTA nominations offered clarity on Best Picture Frontrunners

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Awards Addict DGA, BAFTA nominations offered clarity on Best Picture Frontrunners

With the Golden Globes just days away, the awards season is in full swing. The biggest indicators of what films are favorites heading into the Oscar nominations – the Directors Guild of America selections – were announced and secured five films as leaders. Read more

Introducing “From Dixie with Love”

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dixie Introducing From Dixie with Love

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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wrightslaw A Great Teacher, a Great Father, and Faith

“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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WolfofWallSt Wolf of Wall Street Roars Back into Oscar Race

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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