“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” Frida Kahlo While strolling through a modern art museum one afternoon, I suddenly stopped and cried, “Why are all the paintings in this room of this crazy lady with the unibrow?” Laughing, my wife took me by […]Read more "K: Frida Kahlo – The Beauty and Danger of Self-Examination"
Hair tousled from another sleepless night, George stared past his youthful reflection and gazed at the cold, gray world outside. His eyes brimmed with sorrow as they fell on a boy in the street, hungry and covered in grime. And here he was. Warm. Comfortable. “I’m just one man,” he mused. “Could I […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “The Resolution”"
The students’ eyes beamed as they handed me their parting gift – a framed collection of hand-painted masks from the Chinese Opera. “Xie, xie,” I used the Chinese word of thanks, my eyes filling with tears. “It’s beautiful.” On the way to the airport, I gazed at the cardboard homes and overcrowded streets cluttered […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Gratitude”"
When asked to name my favorite movie of all time, I don’t even have to think about it. “October Sky,” I answer without hesitation. It was my senior year of high school, and my close group of friends decided to celebrate our independence (and blow some of the hard-earned cash we’d gained from our first […]Read more "Book Review: The Coalwood Trilogy"
Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed Agatha Christie’s mystery novels so much that she made the author a Dame of the British Empire. It’s hard to believe that in the beginning, Christie was a hardworking World War I nurse and military wife who was originally unsuccessful at getting her first book published! In 1920, however, a […]Read more "Q: Queen of Crime – Our Obsession with Agatha Christie"
Like it or not, Disney has done it again – with a bit of movie magic, they have managed to take Walt Disney’s 26 years of hassling P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, into signing a movie deal and not only have him coming out as squeaky clean as Mickey himself, but as […]Read more "L: Let’s Go Fly a Kite – “Saving Mr. Banks” Has Viewers Dancing"