Gearing Up For The 4th With America’s March King


There are few names as inextricably linked with the Fourth of July as that of John Philip Sousa. Even those for whom the name means nothing will almost certainly recognize his “Stars and Stripes Forever” after only a few bars. That piece will be playing on a loop from now ’til Sunday morning. (It’s the National March, you’ll [Read More...]

Sometimes Baseball Is Just Too Hard, Even For the Pros


There’s something encouraging about watching professional baseball players do things that make them look as incompetent as I look every time I play. [Read more...]

SSF: “Every Star”


As someone who moved to a place with quite a bit of light pollution (Cheek by Jowl SoCal) to one with very little (Big, Beautiful, and Pretty Near Empty Wyoming), this simple but lovely little short really hit me between the eyes. (There are plenty of metaphorical reasons to like it, I suppose. But I was mostly [Read More...]

SVS: “Shaolin Soccer”


“A down-on-his-luck ex-soccer player, injured during a rigged match, joins forces with a former monk to assemble an unlikely team of players — the monk’s awkward Shaolin brothers — harnessing the discipline and power of kung fu.” What’s not to love? [Read more...]

The Perfect, Perfectly Understated Dolly Zoom in Pixar’s Ratatouille


But he doesn’t care if his viewers to notice the technique that’s making them feel that way. In fact, I suspect that he actually does not want them to notice. It’s not flashy, but it sure is effective . Even more accurately? Not flashy and therefore, effective. [Read more...]

Music For When It’s All Just A Bit Too Much


For me, “escape” usually means movies. But sometimes, I just need a quick fix. And then, it’s music that does the trick. If you’re in the “Today’s Just Too Much” camp with me, here’s a little something to help. Crank up the volume. Put on some good headphones (if you’ve got ‘em). And maybe even close your eyes. It’s wonderfully transportive music. [Read more...]

My Most Powerful Memory of Mr. James Horner


And then, as the words faded from the screen, I heard this — eulogistic, yes, but a eulogy filled with peace, with pride, and with hope. Mr. Horner had penned something as essential to my ability to digest and respond to the film as were the images themselves. It was perfect. [Read more...]

SSF: “The Mountain King”


This one’s timely, right? An animated reflection on the ways we influence and are influenced by the environment around us, and a reminder that our behavior towards Creation says a great deal about us as humans. Also, there are giants. … Yep. OK, fine. So saying it’s timely is probably a bit of a stretch. But it’s a fun [Read More...]

SVS: “Finding Nemo”


I have to get out of here! I have to find MY SON! I have to tell him… how!… old!… sea turtles are! I’m going against one of my (mostly secret) rules today: I don’t usually recommend a streaming film that must be rented to be watched. I like my Streaming Video Suggestions (SVS) to be [Read More...]

A Bit Of Advice For All Preparing To Read #LaudatoSi


I haven’t started Pope Francis’ Laudato Si yet, because it’s really (really!) long and I’m at work and I’m also significantly intimidated (and a teeny-tiny bit scared by it) and besides, our Little League playoffs will be starting any moment now, so that’ll take up a whole lot of my emotional energy over the next few [Read More...]