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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana The many ways to develop who By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic News Service 32 FLAVORS Squint your eyes and look closer/I&apos;m not between you and your ambition/I am a poster girl with no poster/i am 32 flavors and then some And I'mbeyond your peripheral vision/So you might want to turn your headd'Cause some day you're going to get hungry/And eat all of the words you just said I am what I am/32 flavors and then some God help you if you are an ugly girl/Course too pretty is also your doom/'Cause everyone harbors a secret hatred/For the prettiest girl in the room/God help you if you are a phoenix/And you dare to rise up from ash/A thousand eyes/Will smolder with jealousy/You are just flying past I am what I am/I am 32 flavors and then some/I'm taking my chances as they come/I am 32 flavors and then some/i'm nobody but I am someone/Someone I'd never try to give my life meaning/By demeaning you/And I would like to state/For the record/I did everything that I could do (REPEAT FIRST FOUR LINES OF VERSE 5) (REPEAT SECOND VERSE) I'm looking for truth/But there is none/32 flavors and then some/I'll never forget where I came from/32 flavors and then some/I'm nobody but I am someone/32 flavors and then some/I'm taking my chancesas they come/32 flavors and then some/Looking for truth/And there is none Written by Ant DiFranco Sung by Alana Davis Copyright (c) 1997 by Elektra Entertainment Group, a division of Warner Communications for the Unit- ed States and WEA International for the world outside the United States. I like Alana Davis' new chart hit "32 Flavors." Her music reminds me of Lisa Loeb's, though perhaps a bit softer with the acoustic guitar mix. Like Loeb, Davis' music presents ideas worthy of discussion. As human beings, each of us is a combination of many interests, talents and hopes. There is no single answer to the question, "Who are you?" The song well describes this fact. Indeed, each of us is "32 flavors and then some." God gave us personalities that hold much potential for growth and discovery. It is up to you to learn more about who you are as a person. In the song, Davis explains that one's physical attractiveness is neither a plus nor a minus. Some- times, teens are overconcerned about this aspect of life. Indeed, we have a choice about how well we take care of our bodies, but outside of that, little can be done about who we are physically. However, the opposite is true aspects of our lives. For kind we want to be to others. generous or not. Your ability to be honest, caring and! according to your own values is up Furthermore,,you can set' to you to find out what deeply to pursue these passions. You also have j over how much work you want to reach your goals. : Parents, teachers or others but in reality only you can determine "32 flavors and then some" your life. As much as I like this song, agree with: "I'm looking for truth If by chance that line means that it what we believe, I disagree. However, if Davis means to discover the truth about who you cur. Clearly, there are many ways to are, and trying to be someone that leads to dissatisfaction. In any event, the happiest those who have recognized they are. They are in tune with God's creativity and love Aspire to be this kind of how many "flavors" you discover Your comments are always welcome. Charlie Martin, 7124W 200S, Rockport' THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol' lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Blues Brothers 2000" (Universal) Feel-good musical in which Blues Brother Dan Ayl<royd re- unites his band after 18 years and takes it on the road, pur- sued by cops who think he kid- napped an orphan. Director John Landis' sequel is crippled by its feeble story line, but enlivened by top musicians and the comical moves of the black- suited Blues Brothers, including new member John Goodman. Suggestive dancing with brief rear nudity, some comic vio- lence, occasional crude expres- sions and an instance of profan- ity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rat- ing is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "The Borrowers" (Polygram) Whimsical fantasy in which a villainous banker (John Good- man) sets out to drive a family of three from their home only to discover he is up against a resourceful family of miniature people also living on the premises. Based on the Mary Norton children's stories and directed by Peter Hewitt, the movie doesn't lack for charm or gentle humor as the two fami- lies join forces to outwit big bully Goodman. Some menace and comic violence. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rat- ing is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Dangerous Beauty"_ (Warner Bros.) Vapid period piece based on the diary of a 16th-century Venetian courtesan (Catherine McCormack) who uses her beauty and sexual allure to seduce the French king and to rally her lovers to protect her from the Inquisition. Director Marshall Herskovitz's mushy yarn romanticizes its heroine as a role model for repressed women of her day in what amounts to a lame historical bodice-ripper. A glamorized rating is depiction of prostitution, brief strongly sexual encounters with nudity, material may some violence and occasional for children rough language. The USCC classification is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Sphere" (Warner Bros.) Sci-fi thriller in which scien- tists (including Dustin Hoff- man, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson) grapple with what may be a malevolent, extra-ter- restrial life force just outside the deep-sea station in which they are trapped. Directed by Barry Levinson, the intriguing start gives way to murky develop- ments which undercut the sus- pense, and lead the scientists to end their predicament in disap- pointing fashion. Some stylized violence and intermittent pro- fanity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA Here are tales of poets and popes, politicians and City; enlightenment philosopher and dramatist Voltaire; Pope Gre- gory the Great; American play- wright Tennessee W'flliams, and Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes. From the early Church to after Vatican II, from the courts of Europe to the soup kitchen of Dorothy the author touches  his gentle Wand to lives that reveal moments of inspiration, pathos, or amusement. The char- acters in this book have only one thing in common: they're all Catholic. Deedy even provides an index of names and sources, and a bibliography. Families will enjoy reading this book, and parties will delight in discussing the anecdotes. This book makes a worthy gift to be shared for years to come. Here is just one nugget about "a real-life but anonymous bishop: "The bishop, allergic to litur- gical dance, was visiting a par- ticular parish when a young woman appeared at the back of the church and came dancing and cavorting (liturgically) down the aisle and laid a lily at the feet of the bishop. The bish- op turned and whispered to the pastor: "If she asks for your head on a platter, she can have it.'" (Michael T. Farrell, National Catholic Reporter, 15 Dec., 1995.) About the author:. John Deedy was a journalist for the secular press until his entry into the religious press in 1951, when he was the founding i i ii i ii i i i i TFs Tray/or Fert0000 Serv00e, Inc. Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald J. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 i i iiiii iii iiii i i i i i ii i i A Book of CathoficAnecdotes, by John Deedy Published by Thomas More, 200 E. Bethany Dr., Alen, TX 75 002-3804, (800) 264-0368, 1997. Paperbound, 288 pages, $15.95. BOOK REVIEW By MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.S.B. Message staff Funny, tragic, joyous, inspiring -- all these describe this delight- ful volume. Surprising tales are told 04 popes, statesmen, actors, and writers of satire. Included are Gentleman Jimmy Wall<er, twice mayor of NewYork (NeW the = where a ji Sandier) ress (Drew discovers she a crass Frank CoraCb fun at but the remain largely affairs, sional of rough classification The parents are propriate Diocese Then, he burgh After that, 20 books awards, His in Times, BostOn U.S. Catholic.   Alan