Marvel releases new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron — watch

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Michelle:

I have always been a loyal DC Comics girl, but Marvel just upped the ante and I have a major fangirl crush on them. Sigh.

Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:

There was no Hyrda leak this time: Marvel has revealed the second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The 90-second clip aired during tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship game and is streaming below.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

(Read: The 50 Most Anticipated Films of 2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits US theaters on May 1st. Joss Whedon once again directs the all-star cast featuring Robert Downey…

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Florida Bishop Says Church Should Respond to Marriage Equality with “Patience & Humility”

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Michelle:

Bishop Lynch, most clergy and the laity, in our Diocese, reflect the views of most American Catholics – which is one of tolerance and love towards all our Brothers and Sisters. I am proud that he is speaking with the same tone as Pope Francis. It will take time, but I love that we are inviting dialogue.

Originally posted on Bondings 2.0:

Bishop Robert Lynch

Another bishop, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, has commented on the legalization of same-gender marriage in Florida, but this time he is seeking to calm the fear and hysteria fomented by the state’s other Catholic leaders.

In a piece for the Tampa Bay Times, Bishop Lynch begins with the expected language about the bishops’ view on marriage and encourages opponents of marriage equality to defend their views in dialogue with others. Less routine is what follows in the column’s second half, in which Lynch expresses some awareness of the contributions of same-gender couples to church and society. Invoking Pope Francis and the Synod on the Family, he writes:

“I also recognize that the reality of the family today, in all its complexities, presents the church with pastoral challenges as the church strives to accept people in the specific circumstances of their lives and support and encourage them in their search for…

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Happy New Year 2015. Goodbye 2014.

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Happy New Year 2015

2014 was a year that started with so much baggage from 2013. Slowly, but surely, I have emerged from the grey clouds and found new sources of joy.  My progress continues.

Lucho, my sweet pitbull puppy boy entered my life after Hubby’s motorcycle accident, this Summer.  He reminded us of what unconditional love was, and taught all of us – including the other three dogs – patience.  Lots of patience.

A few new people also entered my life and enriched it immensely.   They became special friends and I cherished the time we have spent together.   I met several of my favorite authors who were even more beautiful and snarky in real life.   I look forward to reading their new books and meeting more authors, readers and book reviewers.

Surprisingly, I did not missed those people who chose not to be in my life.  They were merely temporary acquaintances, who taught me more about myself and why I valued honesty and personal responsibility in the people I befriended.

My sincerest hope for you tonight, or whenever the clock strikes midnight in your corner of the world, is to send 2014 off well and welcome 2015 with open arms.  Happy Year of the Goat/Sheep, everyone!

2014 in review. It was a good year, when all was said and done. Thank you!

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Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!

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I bid you all peace, love and good health for you and your loved ones.

Need ‘Tenderness': Pope Shares Christmas Message – http://nbcnews.to/1GYpe6g

Venezuela sanctions bill passes in the US Senate

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Michelle:

I am gratified that the US acknowledged the fact that something needed to be done. I have mixed emotions about sanctions, knowing how long the people of Venezuela have been suffering. Time will tell. But, we must speak truth to power. Namaste.

Originally posted on Caracas Chronicles:

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Sens. Marco Rubio (left, R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

The Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 has passed the US Senate. The bill includes provisions for targeted sanctions against individuals linked to the Venezuelan government found to have violated human rights. These include asset freezes, visa revocations, and other penalties. It also urges the Secretary of State to support civil society in Venezuela.

The text of the bill is here: S. 2142. The press release from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is here.The White House has expressed support for the bill.

This was the bill that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had placed a hold on. Sen. Landrieu was defeated last Saturday in her bid for reelection.

The highlight from Sen. Menendez’s press release:

“We must always stand against human rights violations, political persecution and recrimination anywhere in…

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