“I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again, because it is just going by too fast.” – Robert Rodriguez As a child it felt like I waited eons for Christmas to finally arrive, but as a grown adult the whole experience flies […]Read more "5 Tips for Making Lasting Christmas Memories…"
If I had to choose the one travel experience that has made the greatest impression on me, I would have to go with the summer I spent in Shanghai, China. It was the first time I had ever traveled out of the country, and with fresh passport in hand I raced […]Read more "Throwback Thursday – Shanghai Summer"
“Everyone has a story that will stop your heart.” – Claudia Shear “Everyone has a story. I don’t believe anyone can go through life without encountering at least one amazing thing.” – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Is writer’s block causing you to lose sleep at night? Does your writing feel forced or stale, despite […]Read more "U – Untold Stories"
“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"
“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"
“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!"
“The only thing I’m afraid of about this country is that its government will someday become so monstrous that the smallest person in it will be trampled underfoot, and then it wouldn’t be worth living in.” – Dr. Jack Finch, “Go Set a Watchman” I remember whining when my mother forced my siblings and I […]Read more "Book Review – “Go Set a Watchman”"
Sitting in a movie theatre and hearing the oh-so-familiar opening credits for the most recent “Star Wars” film was absolutely thrilling… and listening to the final strains of the closing credits was heartbreaking. As the theatre grew eerily still, my wife glanced over and said, “Aww… it’s really over.” Fortunately for fans of the franchise, […]Read more "“The Force Awakens” – A Double Review"
Along with being a wonderful season of celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is also a time of “togetherness” – a time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones and fellowship with one another. For this very reason, it can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who find themselves alone during […]Read more "Christmas Loneliness"
This week I will join throngs of Star Wars fans in heading to the theater and cheering as Star Wars: The Force Awakens fills the silver screen. It will be a moment long awaited – to see our favorite characters return and to finally know what became of them. Of course, I find myself reflecting […]Read more "Why Star Wars Means So Much To Us: An Old Memory of A New Hope"