Ideas & Excuses

Obligatory Best of List for the Dumpster Fire Year That was 2017

2018-01-01T20:44:52+00:00

2017 is officially over and frankly, good riddance. Among the vast amount of awful this past year brought we saw a once lauded political institution (know colloquially as “The United States”) become a world-wide punchline and a seemingly endless stream of celebrities and other men in positions of power get [...]

Obligatory Best of List for the Dumpster Fire Year That was 2017 2018-01-01T20:44:52+00:00

Creature Double Feature: My Saturday Monster Time

2017-10-02T18:33:59+00:00

Growing up my Saturday afternoons would be spent with creatures, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, murderers and mad scientists. Beginning around one o'clock I would settle down in front of our 17" Sony Trinatron (complete with simulated wood grain plastic sides) with a soda (typically Frank's grape or ginger ale) and a bowl [...]

Creature Double Feature: My Saturday Monster Time 2017-10-02T18:33:59+00:00

The Blood Elevator: It’s Meaning & Symbol

2017-04-20T00:12:22+00:00

The blood elevator scene, sometimes called the ‘river of blood’, from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a horrifying and disturbing image in a film full of horrifying and disturbing images.  Upon watching it the scene produces in many - myself included - a feeling of dread; an uneasiness that is [...]

The Blood Elevator: It’s Meaning & Symbol 2017-04-20T00:12:22+00:00

A Nation of Immigrants & Refugees: A Call for Kindness

2017-02-11T12:34:50+00:00

Editor's Note: I originality wrote this back in 2015 I thought it could use a re-post.   My great-great-grandfather came here from Ireland. He did so to escape famine, civil war and oppression. He left everything he knew – family, friends and culture - to come to America and create [...]

A Nation of Immigrants & Refugees: A Call for Kindness 2017-02-11T12:34:50+00:00

Because It’s Fun: A Lesson Learned in 2016

2017-01-02T21:16:06+00:00

2016 was not a good year. I could mention the abundance of celebrity deaths or the uncivil election or the discouraging decisions in Europe as the reasons for the awfulness of the year. Or on a smaller scale there were financial issues, work related shakeups and arguments I don’t care [...]

Because It’s Fun: A Lesson Learned in 2016 2017-01-02T21:16:06+00:00

Unfettered Imagination: Blank on Blank with Rod Serling

2016-12-12T22:36:13+00:00

"The most unfettered imagination belongs to young people, and they don’t walk through life; they fly" - Rod Serling in 1963. Blank on Blank is a series of short animations featuring snippets of conversation and interviews of various celebrities and other assorted famous people which airs on PBS. This particular [...]

Unfettered Imagination: Blank on Blank with Rod Serling 2016-12-12T22:36:13+00:00

Please Stand By, Your Regularly Scheduled Programming Will Begin In A Moment

2016-05-22T13:34:40+00:00

Sometimes men choose hiatus, other times hiatus is thrust upon them. And sometimes, like what happened here, its a bit of both. I've mentioned a few times on this blog (here for instance) that I find it difficult to write for the blog, write short stories/novel and hold down a [...]

Please Stand By, Your Regularly Scheduled Programming Will Begin In A Moment 2016-05-22T13:34:40+00:00
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