So many of you braved the Black Friday sales this year? Though I haven’t gone since I’ve had kids (it’s not as easy to elbow your way to the good stuff with two heavyweights dragging you down), I’ve seen my share of Black Friday drama. In fact, my wife almost got mauled by a shopping […]Read more "Black Friday (Finding Meaning in the Madness)"
“It’s bigger than imagination.” – Ark Encounter Slogan Two weeks ago our family drove out to Williamstown, Kentucky where we walked through Noah’s Ark. No, I’m not kidding! Ark Encounter, a theme park that opened in July 2016, features the largest replica of Noah’s Ark that exists in the world today. The construction is […]Read more "Encountering the Ark"
“In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom.” – “Braveheart” “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – “Braveheart” While visiting the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, I […]Read more "W – Warrior Poets"
“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"
Today’s post is dedicated to our men and women in uniform – both local heroes and those serving overseas. These real freedom fighters make life as we know it possible here in America. From the bottom of my heart… thank you. Super heroes are everywhere these days. Thanks to a little Hollywood magic, it has […]Read more "F – The Freedom Fighter Who Has Inspired Generations"
“Everyone deserves a defense. Every person matters.” – James Donovan, “Bridge of Spies” The walk across the Bridge of Spies is a journey worth taking. You could even say that it is a journey every human being must take, as the film leads us to reflect on questions that are certainly worth asking. Do all […]Read more "Film Review – “Bridge of Spies”"
“The Flyboy who got away became president of the United States. What might have been for Warren Earl, Dick, Marve, Glenn, Floyd, Jimmy, the unidentified airman, and all the others who had lost their lives?…And what might have been for those millions of doomed Japanese boys, abused and abandoned by their leaders? War is the […]Read more "Remembering the Flyboys and What Might Have Been"
“There drew he forth the brand Excalibur, And o’er him, drawing it, the winter moon, Brightening the skirts of a long cloud, ran forth And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt: For all the haft twinkled with diamond sparks, Myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work Of subtlest jewellery.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson – Morte d’Arthur […]Read more "X: Excalibur and the Greatest Weapon of All"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) has gone down in musical history as a master composer, an art that he took up at the tender age of five. His greatest claim to fame, however, is that he was a “Master of Melody.” His melodies are simple, clear, and stunningly beautiful. Mozart knew better than to overcomplicate his […]Read more "M: Mozart and the Beauty of Simple Things"
“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"