The Family That Views Together…


The weekend was insane. Again. Some day soon, I’ll come to the realization that all weekends spent with a family of seven boys are insane, but today is not that day. One upside of the aforementioned-and-ongoing insanity, however, is that it brings the highlight of the weekend into sharp-and-grateful relief: Watching the first few episodes [Read More...]

Perlman and Zukerman Play Handel and Halvorsen


This is definitely one of those “made in Heaven” matches; on both counts, actually. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. (Also, a very nostalgic piece for me. I played it a great deal during my piano-lesson days, though perhaps not quite this well. And yes, legalists, I didn’t play the Handel-Halverson version, because that title refers to the [Read More...]

And May Christ Be In Our Midst

Bybee Cross

Today is a day of powerful, overwhelming emotions for many of us — a day when words feel hopelessly inadequate. For me, that means today is a day for music. (For as long as I can remember, music has helped to guide me through moments just like this, when my thoughts and the words I [Read More...]

“Frame by Frame” — PBS Studies the Art of Stop Motion


The art of stop-motion has fascinated me for nearly as long as I can remember. I think it has something to do with the enormous amount of patience required — a trait that I greatly respect, but sorely lack. As my long-time friend and college roommate used to say, “Yeah, yeah, patience! How long will that take?” (Interestingly and perhaps [Read More...]

Do We Really Need Another Sherlock?


My affection for the thespian work of Sir Ian McKellen is well-documented. As is my affection for Sherlock Holmes. So you can just imagine how this makes me feel. “The Fifth Estate” helmer Bill Condon is reuniting with Brit thesp Ian McKellen for a feature adaptation of “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” based on the tome by Mitch Cullin. … With his [Read More...]

Poppy Hill and the Wonderful Ordinary


On the wall above my desk, there hangs a home-made plaque with this Chesterton quote: For a plain, hard-working man the home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks. I love this quote. Not because my home [Read More...]

A Little Labor Day Yodeling


I hope y’all have the opportunity to celebrate Labor Day by not laboring. Good times. But for those who are finding today’s holiday more literal than they might otherwise wish, I offer this video as mollification. It’ll be good for what ails you. (I speak from experience, having spent almost the entire 9+ minutes smiling goofily [Read More...]

A Quote I Just Can’t Shake


Things have been a bit crazy over the past few days, both personally and professionally. (Personally, because “Seven Boys = Crazy” each and every day, without qualification. And professionally, because the opening of a new academic year is always insane.) Over the years, I’ve come to recognize a peculiar, personal tic that pops up every time [Read More...]

Testing the Ol’ Tear Ducts


This video’s been making the rounds over the past few days, but for those that have not yet clicked on it, now’s the time. If it doesn’t make you cry, you might not have tear ducts. …or a heart. For me, its power lies not in the music (which is fairly pedestrian), nor in the generosity [Read More...]

Who Needs Sweet Nunchuck Skills, Anyway?


There are times when I run into someone who is so much better at something than I am that I can’t even get my head around what’s going on. This is one of those times. That’s Janos Karancz. He’s 18. And…yeah. I don’t even know what’s going on in there. I’ve always enjoyed yo-yoing, but [Read More...]