It would be impossible for me to write anything here concerning music without addressing the untimely death of Prince Rogers Nelson at the age of 57. At the time I am writing this, no cause of death has been determined for The Purple One, but that has not stopped the air of general weirdness which… Read More


Friday night is always movie night at my house, hence the lack of a post from yesterday. Here is a movie that touched me in a particularly unique way. ———- Sometimes you just need to be sad. I just finished watching the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out. Several people in the counseling program I am part… Read More


I’ve shared a couple of songs here recently that held special meaning in my life and helped me navigate some of the darker times, and I’ve thought for a while about setting aside one post a week to shine a spotlight on more such songs. So, without further ado, welcome to the debut of “Tuneful… Read More


Even if you haven’t touched a brick in years, you should check out the documentary Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary. I’ve never put together a LEGO set in my life, but I was captivated watching how passionate people could be about these deceptively simple toys. I was drawn in even more, though, by the… Read More


(WARNING: This post contains a massive spoiler concerning Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you have not seen the movie yet, do not read past this point. If you either have seen it or don’t mind being spoiled, read on…) I have now seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the theater four times. This… Read More


It would be very easy for me to simply recycle the post I wrote at this time last year, when I talked about how I didn’t want the next December to be another “Long December” I could identify with. Truth be told, this December ain’t been so great either, so I could once again wish… Read More


You know what always gets me about Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol? Scrooge never gets another chance with Belle. Maybe I’ve been poisoned by too many Hollywood romances, but I always wished Scrooge could somehow be reunited with the woman who clearly was the love of his life. Maybe a chance encounter… Read More


It seems I hear it every year when I’m at the mall. I’m not sure why that’s when I notice it. Maybe it’s because shopping and music seem to be so interconnected these days. Some people can tune it out, but I always catch at least a little bit of what is being played over… Read More