Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is an absolute train wreck. And not at all like that sounds. It depicts a train wreck of what our society has become. It is a jungle of things. Things that mean nothing. Tossed away without thought and replaced by something new....

Winter Wonderland

With Northwest Arkansas experiencing record sustained cold temperatures, I dressed appropriately in layers when I went out to clean the snow and ice off the car and the driveway and sidewalk. It wasn’t long before I shucked the coat, and not long after this...

2020: What a Year!

Many unexpected things happened during the year. One of the most exciting is that I committed to 38 books when I participated in the annual Goodreads[dot]com reading challenge but finished an amazing 47 titles. Another exciting bit was that early on, I noticed that...

Mr. Williams Knocks It Out of the Park Again

During my senior year in high school back in 1988, I paid the criminal price of $19.95 for a hardback book from DAW publishing. The tale of a young kitchen scullion who would become a king. I became immediately enamored with the characters and setting and history of a...

The Magnificent Masters of Florence

Without much fanfare—at least that I noticed—an 8-episode series started on NetFlix in December 2016. Medici: Masters of Florence, starring Game of Thrones alumni Richard Madden, is a historical period drama. It follows the beginnings of the Medici influence over...

I Love Movies on the Big Screen

One of the things that I most look forward to when life starts to more resemble normalcy is my almost-weekly trip to the movie theater. I love sitting in the reclining chair with one leg draped off the side and a small tub of popcorn sitting on the swing-over table....

I Miss Snow

We have not received much snow here in Arkansas over the last half-decade, and that saddens me. Perhaps I am odd. I love the snow. Winter is my favorite season. Cold gives me energy, making me laugh and want to play outside like I’m still a little boy. This...

Escapism at Its Best

It has been a while since I posted here on my blog. My apologies. With the chaos swirling around our world the past couple of months, I got swept up into the current and floundered a bit. Since the world seemed to be going mad, I retreated to what I did during those...

Kill Them with Kindness

More often than it doesn’t, it pays to be nice. In my years of travel and the experiences that I have enjoyed, I have noticed that one of the places it is most often difficult to be nice in is at the airport. Rushing from one gate to the next, delayed flights,...

Don’t Mess with Mama Bear

A certain video was making the rounds on social media this past week that really tugged at the heart strings and brought a tear to my eye. More headlines made the rounds today saying that the original video may have been a scam. Truthfully, I don’t think it matters in...