Where there is hate, there is also love – they cannot exist separately …

Love. Hate. Tragedy. Success. Inspiration. Nelson Mandela’s A Long Walk to Freedom, showcases everything that there is to despise about the human race, and everything that there is to admire about humanity. Likewise, Invictus speaks to our determination and our inherent nature to strive for good. People, I believe, are both good and bad –…

Remember young padawan even Batman fell down …

“And why do we fall, Bruce? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” ~ Thomas Wayne Failure. Setbacks. Disappointment. It’s all as much a part of our lives as triumph, accomplishment, even victory – it’s just not as welcomed. Yet, there are those who say, “you cannot enjoy real success without having suffered…

Calling all Ghouls and Goblins back out of storage …

OK people – now I could rant on and on about how some retailers started playing Christmas music October 31st and even had the audacity to remove their leftover ghouls and goblins and replace them with stupid cutsie little elves and reindeer, but alas, I will not go there – Nope. I won’t. I mean…

Nanu Nanu – a final salute to a genius …

In honor of the often misunderstood, but still undeniable genius that passed yesterday, I watched Good Morning Vietnam last night. I tried to watch The Bird Cage, a movie that’s poignant humor will never cease to put me in a good mood, but couldn’t find it On Demand so I opted for Vietnam. And to…

Remember the Titans!

A few days ago, I wrote about the power of music – similarly, after an all-out marathon yesterday of We Are Marshall, followed by Remember the Titans and The Blindside, I can say that movies, at least some movies, also have a way of empowering one’s soul. It’s hard not to be inspired when you…

The more I know, the less I understand …

Riddle me this: can mayhem be controlled? Can it be curbed? Prevented? Even eradicated … or is the world just too damn big to exist without atrocity? Earlier this week, I attended a screening of Girl Rising. The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages,…

Daily Post Writing Challenge

Evan Brooks aka Chameleon at Large This is part of The Weekly Writing Challenge   Justin, Callie, Evan and I all live within a few hundred feet of each other and together, have been riding bus number fifty-six to and from school for nearly five years. In the mornings, Evan is always the first one standing…

The Hunger Games

So I saw The Hunger Games … and to be brutally honest, I did not like the movie … not even one little bit – but not because I read the book(s) and was disappointed in Hollywood’s rendition … and not because I didn’t like the chosen actors … or because I couldn’t handle the…

Phone Home

The ride home was quiet. It was dark. The car hummed like it had a habit of doing.  I don’t know if my father’s car was the only one that hummed, or if all silver Mercedes sedans did that in the early eighties.  Either way, I thought it was a rather delightfully odd characteristic that…

Once a Stupid Adult, Always a Stupid Adult

“Now shut up before I slap you silly!” That’s the sentence. The one that turned my attention from laundry folding (well, I don’t really fold – it’s more like tossing of clothes into separate baskets designated with each child’s name). All the same, it was the “Now shut up before I slap you silly!” sentence…