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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana --- On the Record m WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE? Oh you get me ready/In your '56 Chevy/Why don't we go sit down/In the shadefrhe shelter of my front porch/The dandelions sun-scorched?/Would you like a glass/Of cold lemonade?/I will do the laundry/You pay all the bills. REFRAIN Where is my John Wayne/Where is my prairie son/Where is my happy ending/Where have all/The cowboys gone? Why don't you/Stay the evening/Kick back and watch the TV/And I'll fix a little/Something to eat?/Oh I know your back hurts/From working on the tractor3How do you take/Your coffee my sweet?/I will raise the children/You pay all the bills. (REPEAT REFRAIN) I am wearing my/New dress tonight/But don't look/And even notice me/Say good-bye/Say good-bye/Say good-bye. We finally sold the Chevy/When we had anoth- er baby/And you took the job/in TennesseeJYou made friends/At the farm/And you join them/At the bar/Most every single day/Of the weekJI will wash the dishes/While you go have a beer. (REPEAT REFRAIN) Alcoholism hurts By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST i Where is my Marlboro Man/Where has his shining gone/Where is my lovely ranger/Where have all/The cowboys gone/Where have all/The cowboys gone/Where have all/The cowboys gone? Written and sung by Paula Cole. Copyright (C) 1997 by Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States Alcoholism hurts. Living with alcoholism in a family creates a disillusionment that grows until hope for a better life disappears. This is the experience for the character in Paula Cole's "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" This haunting ballad is her first trip up the charts. With such a topic it's surprising how well the song has done, topping the hit list in some countdowns. The song summarizes a marriage in five vers- es: the courtship, the marriage, the honeymoon period, the growing alcoholism, the pain and despair. Ultimately, as her "cowboy" joins his friends from the farm at the bar "most every single day of the week," the woman in the song can only wonder, "Where is my happy ending?" In poignant images the song tells a story that teens tend to live with in families where someone suffers from alcoholism. It tells a story that every teen needs to hear if he or she decides to drink. Alcohol is the most used and abused drug in our society. Recently society has made an effort to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol. One hears statements about responsible states now have zero-tolerance laws under 18. Still, I suspect that alcohol harm to teens' lives than any other drug. Let's be straight. If you are a teen it's make the decision not to drink. Most ents drink. In fact, most of your friends hol advertising is everywhere. Most from public events to private birthday include alcohol. If you are a teen, there probably is compelling reason not to drink: It is the rig ht to do.  No amount of preaching by adults, ing up of morbid statistics, no number up cars on school lawns asking you possible results of drinking -- none make you make the decision. It has within. Yet teens can help each other. You support of friends who have made the can ask God to give you the courage : peers who want you to drink. You can talk honestly about the your parents, with your youth group in some high school or middle school I know the hurt and disillusionment song describes. Your life, your future and of those you love is too valuable to lose to gers of drinking. Please know of my respect , y j prayer for each of you who, as a teen, choice. (Your comments are always welcome. address: Charlie Martin, 7125 W Ind. 47635.) es'. Current m THE CATHOLIC enabling the criminal to pose as COMMUNICATION the law officer in deadly pursuit of his nemesis. Directed by John CAMPAIGN Woo, the slickly contrived premise   isusedmainlytoprovidemany ""' "" " """" protracted and gratuitous scenes of murderous bloodshed and mayhem. Excessive violence, sex- ual innuendo and much profanity   and rough langnage. The USCC classifi6ation is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R : .., -- restricted. 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). "Dream with the Fishes" (Sony Classics) Dreary tale of a suicidal peep- ing Tom (David Arquette) and a dying, drug-addicted thief(Brad Hunt) who become buddies after stealing a car and setting out in search of quirky adventures on the road. Writer-director Finn Taylor's drawn-out story of male bonding attempts to gain mis- placed sympathy for the rebel- lious pair by depicting their criminal behavior as just a lark. Positive view of euthanasia and drug abuse, a live-in relation- ship, intermittent nudity, minor violence and constant rough lan- guage. The USCC classification is O  morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R  restricted. "Face/Of (Paramount) Ultraviolent action movie in which the faces of a crusading fed- "Gabbeh" (New Yorker) Lyrical Iranian tale about a lovelorn maiden whose father keeps their nomadic tribe just out of reach of her beloved, a mysterious horseman who shyly follows their caravan. Writer- director Mohsen Makhmalbaf interweaves fantasy with reali- ty in this visually stunning story of a sheep-herding tribe whose hand-crafted wool carpets illus- trate the events in their lives. Subtitles. An off- screen juvenile death and an ambiguous refer- ence to culturally condoned vio- lence. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adoles- cents. Not rated by the MPAA. "Shall We Dance?" (Miramax) Charming Japanese film in which a restless married busi- nessman (Koji'Yakusho) secretly takes ballroom dancing lessons because he's attracted to one of the instructors (Tamiyo Kusakari), but instead of having an affair he benefits from the supportive friendships that develop among the students and teachers. Writer- director Masayuki Suo deily uses the social nature of ballroom danc- ing to explore with gentle humor the contradictions of a culture which frowns upon emotional dis- plays by males. Subtitles. Some sexual references. The USCC clas- sification is A-II -- adults and ado- lescents. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Here's 'how-to' for youth ministers Interacting with God, A Spiri- tual Journey for Young Adults, by Eden Foord, Inflame Resources, P.O. Box 2321, Muncie, IN 47307, 1997. Paperback, $5.95. Book Review By MICHAEL H. EPPLER Director, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Within the space of this com- pact text, Foord sets out to cre- ate a learning plan and series of scriptural reflections designed to bring together a small Chris- tian community and individual disciples with God. The text and its process targets young adults, specifically those in college; how- ever, it has applications for any adult faith-sharing group. The 14-week,plan follows the model of relationship as outlined by Dr. Mark Knapp: initiating, experimenting, intensifying, inte- eral agent (John Travol) and a . grating, anti bonding..Each sec- sociopathic terrorist (Nicolas tion has weekly refleetio.rfqrdis- Cage) are surgically switched, cussion as a small Christian community as well as daily scrip- ture passages for reflection by individual members of the small faith-sharing community. The scripture passages and the prac- tical reflections are designed to build community and a stronger relationship with God. This is an excellent pastoral handbook for those wanting to begin a ministry with young adults. Foord offers practical strategies for gathering young adults and the text is well thought out and structured. Young adults can implement this process with a moderate amount of pastoral support, and it does invite the group into a deeper relationship with the parish community. Because the nature of the process is small group sharing and is in essence a scripture study, there are few challenges to reach out to the greater community or to be of ing this out! On the contrary, small faith-sharing communi- ties who form a relationship with each other and with God strengthen their discipleship, and cannot help but be trans- formed by the covenant that God has made with us. Pastoral leaders and those wanting to invite young adults into a relationship with God will find that this is an exceptional, practical and valuable resource for developing their .ministry with young adults. Make this book a part of your pastoral ministry library. About the author: Eden Foord is a member of the pastoral team at St. Francis Newman Center, Ball State Uni- versity. He holds two master's degrees, once in communication from Chico State University, and one in applied theology from service to the spiritual or phys- WheeliiJesuit University. He cat needs of those mneec. 'lls  and hts wife,- Lma, remde' in s ourd'not l a hindrance to ry, ,Muflie: ............ "When the (Sony ( S Parisienne gets a lot lost cat, 1 c women, but the along the way ments of one until Writer-di wistful story whose a quest her life is with humor m an addled ful a tive prospect tles. scenes, expressions tion is rating The : T !