Here there be monsters

Here there be monsters

Sep 12

When I was a child, I used to be afraid of monsters in the dark. There were times that I could feel the monster under my bed.  I could sense the claw reaching up from underneath to grab my ankle.  Thankfully, it couldn’t grab my ankle as long as I had my blanket tucked around my foot.  My blanket was like a force field, protecting me from the monsters in the dark. My father attempted to help...

Pi

Pi

May 09

A dear friend of mine emailed me to let me know that the number we call “Pi” has been updated to the 10 Trillionth decimal place, meaning that “3.14 is just a PIECE of Pi.”  I find puns like this highly entertaining and I’m grateful for my friends who share that sense of humor.  Not even a week ago, another friend of mine shared the ringtone on his phone, which was essentially someone...

The Game

The Game

Mar 01

You have a set of beliefs about the world, about religion, and about politics.  Now, let’s assume that you are a rational, thinking human being.  Your beliefs and opinions are not random but have in fact been shaped by your life experiences, by people who have mentored you, by things you have seen, read, or heard.  You have a reason for believing what you believe, for having the opinions...

Screenplay Ideas

Screenplay Ideas

Feb 12

I have a suspicion that many movies and TV shows had titles before they actually had plots.  I’ve noticed a couple of patterns that I believe explain how this comes about.  In these examples, I think you’ll see how someone could start with a title and then stumble their way into a plot.  I thought I would explain the two patterns and then offer some suggestions for future producers...

The Innkeeper: a parable of sorts

The Innkeeper: a parable of sorts

Nov 10

Once upon a time there was an innkeeper.  He kept a splendid inn and was renowned for his gracious hospitality toward his guests.  People would come from far away for no other purpose than to stay at the inn. One day the innkeeper decided that he would like to open another inn.  He wanted to ensure that his hospitality and generosity could be extended to even more guests.  While this was a...

Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy

Sep 15

I was pondering a curious thought today.  This almost always gets me into trouble.  Curiosity got the better of me, so I explored the idea.  As the old adage goes, “Curiosity killed the cat.”  But satisfaction brought it back. I wonder how many of the people who are “pro life” are in favor of the death penalty. I wonder how many of the people who oppose the death penalty are “pro...