Hello! It’s difficult to believe I haven’t written anything here since August, but that is indeed the case. Quite a few things have transpired since my last post, so for those of you wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to, here is a quick summary…… 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


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


I turned 40 years old in April of this year, and we all know what that means: I’m at that age. When the eyesight starts to fade a little more. When the physical prowess begins to decline. When the luster of the job begins to wear off. When, theoretically, half of a man’s life is over,… 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


I have a difficult time letting my children watch Peanuts cartoons. “What?” you might be asking. “What kind of problem could you possible have Snoopy and the gang?” Well, it’s quite simple, really: The other kids treat Charlie Brown like crap most of the time, and I don’t really want my kids thinking it’s okay… Read More