Day 247: I’m so glad they invented movies!

It’s Sunday night, late. Tonight my wife and I went out and saw an excellent movie: The Best of Enemies. We got to the movie theater about an hour early in order to see something else, but they didn’t have any seats together except in the first two rows. So… we bought tickets to The Best of Enemies, which was also playing forty-five minutes after the first movie… So we had about an hour and half to wait before the show! And it was worth it! The Best of Enemies…

Day 221: Ride the Roller-coaster!

I would say that I consider myself a fan of certain catch-phrases, aphorisms, or words of wisdom. There’s a reason some of these sayings get used to the point of practically sounding meaningless. For example, there are many common expressions which try to explain or shed light on the often bitter-sweet nature of life. We’ve all heard them: “Take the good with the bad,” “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” “No pain, no gain.” Another one: “Life’s a roller-coaster.” These are sayings may seem like meaningless cliches. But are…

Day 94: The Glorious Possibilities of Personal Fearlessness

Last night my wife and I saw “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the new movie about Freddie Mercury and Queen.  It was an awesome treat, I highly recommend it.  And what was so inspiring about it was that Freddie was such an awesomely confident creator.  He allowed his dreams to come true in a big way, and while life may not have been perfect, he succeeded on a great scale and created his art with such fire and gusto that he is remembered with great love nearly three decades after his death.  The…

Day 90: At Home with “11/22/63”

So tonight at home I got a bug in me to re-watch the Hulu mini-series “11.22.63,” inspired by the Stephen King novel of the same name.  As I have alluded to in the past, Stephen King is one of my favorite novelists from my childhood, when he already had a rich catalog of novels going back twenty years. Now it goes back forty-five-plus years.  I have always admired artists with an extensive, multi-decade catalog.  Beethoven is another that comes to mind.  I tend to be loyal and go deep with…

Day 40: The Spirit of Generosity

I just watched the movie “The Same Kind of Different as Me.” Have you seen it?  Great movie.  It is the tale of a woman whose generosity of spirit touches the lives of all around her, including her husband and two children, the homeless mission she and her family serves, and in particular, a homeless man she and her husband befriend. As it happens, I have been thinking about generosity a lot lately.   Some call it “tithing,” some call it “being of service.” There are infinite ways to be…

Day 15: The Parable of Andy Dufresne

“The Shawshank Redemption” is one of my favorite movies. Incidentally, it is based on a novella by Stephen King, an author I have read widely since I was a teen.  The movie transcends the book (not always true, especially for Stephen King stories, many of which have become B-movie horror flicks or made-for-TV series) and is definitely a modern classic that should be on everyone’s list to watch, in my opinion. To remind you, (yes, there are spoilers here, so if you haven’t yet, go see the movie!) the story…

Adventures in Elisabeth Shue: Or What I Learned from My First On-Screen Crush

Hello there!  It’s 10:25pm on a Wednesday night and it’s damn hot here in Sacramento.  I’m still sweating as I sit here in the front room of our flat typing. Tonight I watched “Adventures in Babysitting” on Netflix.  It had been a (hot) productive day, and at the end of it, I was ready to relax… and what better way then to look on Netflix and see what is on?   I shuffled through the items on the list, and when I saw “Adventures in Babysitting” I stopped… there’s my…