My 14-year-old daughter recently landed a part as a “silly girl” in the local community theater’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.… Read More


Although I don’t remember a great deal about it as a whole, there is a scene in the 2000 motion picture The Perfect Storm that has always stuck in my mind. It happens near the end of the film, once the fishing boat Andrea Gail has sunk to the bottom of the sea. George Clooney… 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


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 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


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 of told me it was a good “counseling movie,” and I suppose it was on some levels. The role and function of memories in a person’s life is explored in… Read More