“It’s not nourishing. It’s like snack food. You know how they engineer this food? They scientifcally determine precisely how much salt and fat they need to include to keep you eating. You’re not hungry, you don’t need the food, it does nothing for you, but you keep eating these empty calories. This is […]Read more "S – Social Media Creates Dystopia in “The Circle”"
“We were literally planning a vacation when I got the call asking if I could come and talk to them about it. At the time, it left me with literally four and a half weeks to write. … I spent the weekend with my kids and said, ‘You know what? The next four and […]Read more "R – “Rogue One”: A Film Score Worth Remembering"
“I believe everyone has a super hero inside them, waiting to be discovered.” – Anonymous You may not always feel like a super hero when it comes to writing, but we can draw several parallels between everyday wordsmiths and our favorite masked wonders. Writing can be lonely at times, but gives us the […]Read more "Q – Quicksilver or Superman: Which “Super Writer” Are You?"
“You’ve been given a gift, this profound connection to everything. Just look for it, and I promise you it’s there, the collateral beauty.” – Madeleine, “Collateral Beauty” Movies often entertain, but every so often you will come across a film which really makes you think. If you’re a poetic soul who loves to ponder […]Read more "P – The Philosophical Perspective on Love & Death in “Collateral Beauty”"
“Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!” – Lady MacBeth, from “MacBeth” by William Shakespeare In one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever penned, Lady MacBeth tries to cleanse her hands of blood, even in her sleep. Though she and her […]Read more "O – “Out, Damned Spot!”: The Lady MacBeth in Each of Us"
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola All […]Read more "N – Nurturing Your Child’s Inner Picasso"
“They kept it up to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ‘Nearer My God To Thee.’ I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.” – Charlotte Colyer, Titanic Survivor On this very day precisely 105 years ago – April […]Read more "M – Music of Mercy: Echoes from the Titanic"
Every writer takes off with a glorious destination in mind, and at some point every writer will crash and burn. Whether you’re still flying high and dreaming of book signings and making the New York Times Bestseller List, or whether you’ve survived a crash or two, gazing at the “dream wreckage” and considering […]Read more "L – Are You a “Lost” Blogger?"
“The most decisive actions of our lives – I mean those that are likely to decide the whole course of our future – are, more often than not, unconsidered.” – Andre Gide No class, book, or amount of good-intentioned advice can truly prepare you for the ups and downs of fatherhood. When I […]Read more "K – “King Me”: The Art of Fatherhood"
“If there’s a recipe for success in life, it starts with picking the right ingredients.” – Anonymous A recipe is every bit as unique – and just as intensely personal – as a portrait painted by hand. Each family has their own “take” on classic recipes, and when someone shares a favorite dish […]Read more "J – Jazz Up Your Breakfast with a Julius!"