I have no idea what to write here. Logically, this would be an ideal time to write some kind of year-end wrap-up. What can I possibly say about the year that was 2015, though? It was exhilarating, energizing, hopeful, devastating, shocking, and debilitating, all rolled into one. It began on a high note and is… 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


For a brief moment today, I actually thought about writing something here. It was pretty good, too. All about Muppets and Ebenezer Scrooge and loss. Maybe I’ll get to it one day. For now, though, it’s Christmas Eve, and tomorrow is Christmas Day. I believe this is a good time for a break. Merry Christmas,… 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


It is no exaggeration for me to say the original Star Wars movie – “Episode IV: A New Hope” – completely changed my life when I watched it in the theater as a child in the 1970s. In this day and age of digital wizardry, it’s difficult for some people to imagine that when that… Read More


When it came to Christmas parties, I used to be right in the front of the line when it came to complaining. The holidays were already so busy. Why add another activity? It would be just one more time I had to dress up and leave the comforts of my own home to hang out… Read More


I’ve never been a big fan of lounge-type music. I guess there is a certain hipster quality to it, but I’ve never quite been able to shake the stigma of my youth which classified it as “old people music.” Of course, I realize now it never was really meant for old people and has been… 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