Category Archives: Prodigal Project

Just because you’re you

What if somebody threw a party for you, not to celebrate your birthday or retirement or any other significant milestone or achievement, but just because you’re you? Would you be suspicious, looking around waiting for the other shoe to drop? … Continue reading

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Shooting the Prodigal

By Nancy Mairs “Lights, camera, action!” wasn’t exactly the phrase David Powers expected to come to mind as he sat in a restaurant having breakfast during his sabbatical in January 2010. In fact, he was more focused on wondering what…

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Talk doesn’t cook rice

“Talk doesn’t cook rice.” That Chinese proverb resonates with me because I’m an introvert and don’t especially enjoy chit-chat. I’m a get-it-done person who’s much more comfortable with checklists and action plans. When I’m “just talking” it feels like I’m … Continue reading

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Establish the work of my hands

I woke up this morning with fear and doubt. I’ve been working on The Prodigal Project for three years. And it is going well. We have a terrific screenplay, some talented and energetic folks working hard to move the story … Continue reading

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Writing leads to mental illness

A young Jewish film student from the Bronx walks into a bar with a Southern Baptist preacher, a Goth 7-Eleven clerk, and a gay vintage clothing storeowner. Sound like the setup for a corny joke? Actually, those are some of … Continue reading

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Home for Christmas

Following is a story I shared during the “Hanging of the Green” worship service at Richmond’s First Baptist Church on the First Sunday of Advent, 2011. He’d been searching three years. He was tired. The friends who helped never did … Continue reading

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Bell Tower Pictures is on the web

This has been an exciting week for The Prodigal Project. On Wednesday, we had a consultation (via Skype) with an Emmy Award-winning writer who provided some welcome affirmation and helpful guidance on our screenplay. On Thursday, our Production Team met … Continue reading

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