Force and Faith: Abundant Life Blooming in the Desert

The Star Wars community tends to boil things down to a lowest common denominator.  While we all have Wookieepedia bookmarked and a vast knowledge TIE fighter models, we find the conversations being whittled down to likes or dislikes, goods or bads.  We polarize our conversations instead of finding deeper levels of understanding through true understanding, dialog and compassion.  If you think I’m nuts, have you ever persuaded someone with your theory about who Snoke is?  When talking to someone with an opinion on midichlorians, have you changed your mind?  There is a call to something greater, though.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 31 – “Hope”

Ok, it’s been a month since I saw the Rogue One. As if a new Star Wars movie wasn’t enough news, we also have the passing of Carrie Fisher to contend with. My second viewing of the film just happened to be on the day her death was announced, so the final shot of the film took on even more significance than it ordinarily would have. “Hope,” she said. The Tantive IV took off, the familiar John Williams music started, and the credits rolled. Upon my first viewing, I was smiling. Upon my second, I was still smiling, but it was a bittersweet grin, since it was achieved with the knowledge of Ms. Fisher’s demise. Where would things go from here?

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 30 – That’s What Star Wars Means To Me, My Love!!

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so I’m still in “give thanks” mode. And that’s what I’m gonna do RIGHT NOW!!

I did the daily Thankfulness post on Facebook this year for the first time (at least I think it’s the first time, the mind plays tricks at my age). One day it was about Star Wars, and how it’s brought so much to my life, so I wanted to take a moment to focus on that with you, my favorite reader.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 29 – Too Much Is Not Enough

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Don’t call it a comeback! Because….it’s really not. Sorry I missed the last couple of blogs, but I hope you’ll forgive my absence. To paraphrase Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way…to get in the way.” I won’t bore you with the details, but I would like to thank all my Coffee With Kenobi family for their kind words and support. And now….the main event.

So the final Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer has come out. I saw it, did you? Of course you did. What did you think? Wait, hold that thought. First, let me tell you what I think: I wish I hadn’t seen it.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 28 – So, You’re Saying I Should NOT Start Another Collection?!?!

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Apparently I have a problem. As I wrote last month, I’ve recently begun collecting vinyl, including Star Wars vinyl (which allowed me to work my vinyl collection into THIS blog, thanks Star Wars!). Several of my friends have said the same thing to me when they find out about my new collecting venture: “Yeah, as if you needed something ELSE to collect.” I’m not sure how I feel about that…

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 27 – …Because I Don’t Already Collect Enough Stuff…

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My blog is ostensibly about collecting and Star Wars. Not always, of course, but mostly, that’s my focus. I recently wandered down the dark, deep hole of collecting albums on vinyl. I know, as if I have space or the means to take on ANOTHER collection. I have a problem, I know, I’m dealing, thank you. ANYWHO, this brings up a new area of Star Wars collecting that I haven’t given much attention to: Star Wars records!!!! I want them all, the music, the story discs, all of it! And I actually already have quite a bit!

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 26 – Spoilers, And Toys, And Rogue One. Oh Myyyyyyy

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So, we’re about 200 days away from Rogue One (give or take, that’s why I said “about”), and I’m already wondering how I’m going to avoid spoilers. Yeah, that’s right, I’m STILL on this “spoilers are bad, mmkay” kick. Deal with it. But that’s not what it’s ALL about, so read on.

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CWK’s Dan Z Looks at Star Wars and Storytelling in the Latest ‘Studying Skywalkers’

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Sure, May the 4th is history for this year — but today is Revenge of the Fifth! Time to get caught up with the latest from Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z as he adds to his series, “Studying Skywalkers,” for the official Star Wars blog.

In this entry, Dan talks to Chris Taylor, Pablo Hidalgo, and Steve Sansweet about Star Wars and storytelling. You can read an excerpt below:

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 25 – It’s not JUST the mileage. It’s also the years.

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So….it took 24 months, but I missed my first blog. Not a bad track record. Then, I missed the next one. It happens, sure. But not to me. I’m nothing if not reliable, and circumstances beyond my control conspired to cause me to miss my deadline twice in a row. So I’m writing this two days AFTER my last blog was due, so I will be sure not to miss it next time. No, it’s really not a HUGE deal, but I despise missing deadlines, mostly because I never do it. Luckily, my topic will STILL be semi-timely when this DOES post, so here we go. Now that The Force Awakens has come out on home video, we can all bask in the Star Wars Goodness anytime we want, and we only had to wait 4 months to do it! I remember back when I was a kid….

Yep, it’s gonna be one of THOSE blogs, kids!

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Ahsoka and The Force In Star Wars Rebels–Part 2

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*Spoilers* for the Star Wars Rebels season two finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice.”

Last week I began looking at how Ahsoka has grown from disillusioned padawan to experienced teacher and force user based on the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels, “Twilight of the Apprentice.”  This week I pick up where I left off and exam her interactions in the episode with Ezra, Kanan and Darth Vader.

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