My Favorite Movies of 2009

My Top 10 Movies of 2009 (in no particular order, because I could take days trying to rank them): Precious: Great movie. Terribly sad, but oddly hopeful. Acting by the two main roles is outstanding. District 9: Perhaps, my favorite of the bunch. After the first few minutes of heavy-handedness to get the racism, refugee […]

Dali – Galatea of the Spheres

I just love Salvador Dali, so thought I would post a random sample of my fave artist’s work once in a while.

Almost Cast – What Might Have Been

Lets take a look at some big roles that almost had different faces playing them. Tom Selleck was originally pursued by Spielberg & Lucas to play Indiana Jones, but it conflicted with his agreement to do Magnum P.I. Clint Eastwood in Apocalypse Now instead of Martin Sheen Shirley Temple asked for too much money to […]

Tiger’s Mea Culpa

Sure, he had to apologize to try to save millions that are still at stake for his reputation. But to me, that was the best celebrity apology I have ever seen, because he owned his failures 100%. He did not make excuses or place any blame elsewhere, he admitted his own foolishness and irresponsibility. He […]

As unoriginal as any other tale, as unique as any other life

No man, proclaimed Donne, is an island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other’s tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature, and by the repetitive shape and form of […]

Am I really my parents’ age?

I clearly remember my parents being 36 years old. I was 12-years-old and the whole family was in church. I was pondering how “OLD” my parents were – doing the math in my head I figured out they were 36 years old, and I was in awe. Of course, I then proceeded to think of […]

Rule #32: Zombieland’s Not Bad

I think half the budget for this film was spent on fake blood and guts.  That said, I have to admit I enjoyed it. In the mold of humorous zombie movies, like Shaun of the Dead, this was entertaining. Perhaps the biggest hurdle for me was that the main character, even though he did a […]

A Couple of Fatherly Feeling Days

I feel very fatherly lately. I guess the fact that I now say that I have “kids” plural is a big reason. But the last few days I have also had very fathercentric experiences. VERY FATHERLY DAY ONE Last night at dinner we noticed one side of Ella’s face turn red and there were welt […]

Liu Bolin and the Art of Concealment

Known as the ‘invisible man’, Chinese artist Liu Bolin camouflages himself against different locations, for his series Hiding in the City. His art serves as a protest to the actions of the Chinese government, who shut his studio down in 2005. The Chinese government had stipulated that it didn’t want artists gathering and working together. […]

“Tag – your turn to be the parent!”

The other day my wife, Erin, came home from somewhere and I immediately handed her the baby, and gave her an update on what the 3-year-old was into. I was quickly headed off to my office to find some peace and quiet after a couple hours of a crying baby and an insanely persistent toddler. […]