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...

Everyone Wants Global Warming

Do we really care about climate change and global warming? I hear people all winter—if February high temperatures just below 60 degrees can be called winter—complaining about the cold. The cold?!?! They say things like, “I sure miss summer sun and beach weather” or...

The Joys of a Colonoscopy

If you’re going to be doing something unpleasant, you may as well have fun doing it, right? At least, that’s my outlook on the whole process. Herein lies the tale of my first colonoscopy. I say first, but it’s not like I volunteer for these procedures. Each time they...

The Things that Make Me Cry

If you know me, you know I am a crier when it comes to movies and books. I’m just an emotional wreck, what can I say? Growing up, I had the book and the record (the one with the picture on it) for The Fox and the Hound. I saw the movie more than once. And I...