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


John James Rambo is dead. No, I mean, seriously. Rambo died, like, a long time ago. Most people are only familiar with Sylvester Stallone’s portrayal of the muscular Vietnam vet from the four Rambo movies he starred in, but fewer realize John Rambo actually made his first appearance in a book, David Morrell’s First Blood, which… Read More


“Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden thee, as for the time it did me. There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick I have attempted to read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick three times in my life. None of those times… Read More


I only have vague memories of reading Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote in high school. In fact, I’m not sure we were even required to read the entire book, which might explain why I only remember small excerpts of it. No matter how hazy my memory is, however, there is one thing that anyone with even… Read More


One of our Christmas traditions as a family each year is to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol. I am not ashamed to say this tradition is not because of my children, but because of me. For a movie populated for the most part by felt-covered marionette/puppet hybrids, it stays remarkably true to the source material, which is,… Read More