I think I've pretty much established my passion for World War II history on this blog. It's been my favorite time period ever since I was little. So many of my favorite movies/TV shows revolve around it, our whole family vacation this year centered around walking in the footsteps of the famous Band of Brothers--and… Continue reading Trekking Out of the Hobbit Hole: WWII Re-Enactment!
Good morning and Happy Labor Day! After spending a glorious weekend at my aunt and uncle's lake house, sitting on the dock with the wind and waves, enjoying brownies and barbecue, baiting my own fishing hooks with LIVE SHRIMP and also baiting crab traps with FROZEN FISH with my bare hands (see how I rose… Continue reading Movie Review: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”
Are you depressed? Anxious? Needing some rest and relaxation from creative endeavors, work-related stress, heat exhaustion, and/or the looming immediacy of upcoming weddings, holidays, and other various and sundry Social Occasions? Then look no further for a half-hour's respite than Newhart*, a sitcom from the 1980's about a city-slicker writer and his wife who run a bed-and-breakfast… Continue reading TV Review: “Newhart” (OR, This Is Better Than Therapy)
We're back into the swing of things here at my house: my siblings' "summer holiday" is over and they're back to school, which means I'm back to my old writing schedule. I finished my fanfic novelette a couple of weeks ago, just in time to turn my full attention to a new and very intriguing idea… Continue reading TV Review: “All Creatures Great and Small”
"I don't want to see Mission Impossible in the theater," my dad announced yesterday afternoon as we strode into the theater to see Christopher Robin, passing up all the various posters on the wall as we went. "It won't have the healing powers of an afternoon with Pooh Bear." He couldn't have been more right about… Continue reading Movie Review: “Christopher Robin”
Can I rise to the challenge of giving my opinion on these six movies I saw recently in a hundred words (or less)? Let's see, shall we? Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Continuing in the tradition of sensible, sarcastic dudes cleaning up after John Hammond's hare-brained vision of a world with terrifying-but-absolutely-gorgeous dinosaurs, Jurassic World: Fallen… Continue reading 6 Movie Reviews in 100 Words or Less
I always said I wanted to finish out Peter Capaldi's run as the Twelfth Doctor--and I'm proud to announce I finally worked up the courage to do the thing: I've seen Doctor Who: Series 10*. And yes, my emotions felt like they'd been run through one of those old-timey laundry wringers by the end--BUT IT… Continue reading TV Review: Doctor Who Series 10
As an avid student of World War II history, I was so excited about finally getting to see Darkest Hour*, the latest in a long list of films about the legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill. "A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime… Continue reading Movie Review: “Darkest Hour”
(*excitedly bangs a spoon on the bottom of a pot*) Guys, guess what? I finished the second draft of Lionhearted!!! On May 14 I wrote, and I quote: "I hope to be finished by the end of summer. Ambitious much? Maybe. Lionhearted has thirty chapters and I’ve already edited eighteen of them in four months, so it’s possible. At… Continue reading Lionhearted, Second Draft: COMPLETE!
Last year, not long after I read and watched Band of Brothers for the first time, I found out about a Kickstarter project run by a descendant of one of Easy Company's most beloved medics. Chris Langlois, the grandson of Eugene "Doc" Roe, had an idea for a children's book about Easy Company and had started… Continue reading Book Review/Shout-Out: “How Easy Company Became a Band of Brothers”