I am the second oldest of seven children — all girls. My dad passed away on April 3 at age 88. My dad passed away on April 3 at age 88. As a partner in a small family meat business during his years of employment, he worked long hours — usually leaving for work by 5 a.m.
The upcoming HBO documentary on Scientology — based on the book by Lawrence Wright — is scary, unnerving, jaw-dropping and even disturbingly funny. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief benefits from candid testimony by several former Scientology members, including film director Paul Haggis and actor Jason Beghe.
When Colin Meloy and his bandmates in the Decemberists took a break in 2011, the agenda was open-ended. The band's steady growth had paid off in a new commercial peak - the Portland quintet's "The King is Dead" had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. But Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query and drummer John Moen wanted off the record-release-tour cycle they had been on for a decade.