A Notalgic Trip

Cobra Kai season 4 poster. Back in 2018, I heard about this show called Cobra Kai coming out on YouTube’s subscription service. The prospect intrigued me. During my high school years, I enjoyed all three Karate Kid movies—even though I didn’t get to see the third...

Do They Listen?

The son and I years ago on our hike up Wheeler Peak in New Mexico Do you ever wonder if your children even listen to you? I often thought every carefully-selected kernel of wisdom I shared with them wormed its way in one ear only to wiggle out the other—often leaving...

Time For Shopping Local

I have noticed that as I have gotten older the holidays and birthdays come more quickly until they become part of the blur of days whizzing by. Remember when you were a small child and each birthday and each Christmas seemed to take forever to arrive? I still have the...

Something I Learned from a Movie

Seriously. What can you learn from movies? Aren’t they just for entertainment? They say that the things of value you really learn are from experiences you learn in life. I’m going to go out on a limb and disagree with that. Not only can you learn from the experiences...

Back in the Saddle (Metaphorically)

It has absolutely been a long four months. I certainly do not recommend anyone getting pneumonia or a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) from your groin to the tip of your toes. Two surgeries—one three hours and the other one and one-half—and ten days in the hospital later, I...

Road Trip through Memphis

When starting in Northwest Arkansas, getting to Memphis is not the hard part. The most arduous part of our journey was getting across the Mississippi River. When the I-40 bridge over the Father of Waters is closed midday on a Friday, the experience put into context...

Today Hasn’t Sucked

Have you ever had a bad day? What are some of the things that happen that make us say to ourselves: This day could have gone a lot better if only this hadn’t happened? I have written in a journal for much of my life. In other words, I have a lot of notebooks and logs...

Shh. A Quiet Place 2

The poster to a great follow-up to the incredible first movie. Not only did the first movie have an incredible story and amazing imagery, the second followed close in its footsteps without suffering through a sophomore slump. Other than a slight drag of a brief three...

An Otherworldly Experience

I got to see a full solar eclipse. The journey ended being an adventure in itself. If you have never had the opportunity to witness the astronomical phenomena, I suggest you add it to your bucket list. When I learned the August 2017 solar eclipse would sweep across...

Chaos Walking: Critics Are Wrong

[POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS] When I first saw the trailer for the movie Chaos Walking, starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, I was intrigued. Definitely wanted to see it. The concept of something making it impossible to keep secrets by broadcasting your thoughts...