As a former English major, I take a particular interest in the words people use to describe things, and if there is one thing (besides misspellings) that drives me insane it is hyperbole. The bad news for me heading into 2018 is that needlessly overly dramatic language seems to be in vogue at the moment.… Read More


Another day, another shared link. I know, I know, I’m sort of cheating by simply posting links to what other people have written, but some things are just too good not to share. Check out what actress Kristen Bell recently had to say about her experiences with depression. http://motto.time.com/4352130/kristen-bell-frozen-depression-anxiety/  https://widestass.com/https://widestass.com/categories/… Read More


I learned how to sing in the car. Sure, when I was a child, before I could legally get behind the wheel of an automobile, I used to sing at church and at school and in the bathtub or shower. I used to pretend a plastic Wiffle ball bat was a guitar and would stand… Read More


It would be impossible for me to write anything here concerning music without addressing the untimely death of Prince Rogers Nelson at the age of 57. At the time I am writing this, no cause of death has been determined for The Purple One, but that has not stopped the air of general weirdness which… Read More


Friday night is always movie night at my house, hence the lack of a post from yesterday. Here is a movie that touched me in a particularly unique way. ———- Sometimes you just need to be sad. I just finished watching the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out. Several people in the counseling program I am part… Read More


I’ve shared a couple of songs here recently that held special meaning in my life and helped me navigate some of the darker times, and I’ve thought for a while about setting aside one post a week to shine a spotlight on more such songs. So, without further ado, welcome to the debut of “Tuneful… Read More


Since this is election season and everyone is trying to grab the attention of whatever demographic they can these days, I thought I would rerun this post about my generation, Generation X. I think of all the posts I’ve ever written, this one has gotten more response from a broader range of people than any… Read More


(WARNING: This post contains a massive spoiler concerning Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you have not seen the movie yet, do not read past this point. If you either have seen it or don’t mind being spoiled, read on…) I have now seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the theater four times. This… Read More


You know what always gets me about Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol? Scrooge never gets another chance with Belle. Maybe I’ve been poisoned by too many Hollywood romances, but I always wished Scrooge could somehow be reunited with the woman who clearly was the love of his life. Maybe a chance encounter… Read More