Month: May 2017

A Lesson I Learned While Living with a Hoarder

An easy way to measure our progress down this narrow path we call life is thru reflection, which simply means looking back at a period of time in our life and examining experiences as well as searching for meaning. While we often tend to look at our own experiences with rose tinted glasses, focusing on the highlights, or rather fun times, we often neglect the true lesson that often seems so elusive. I know in my lifetime I’ve often looked back in hindsight and discovered an epiphany, or better yet, a teachable moment, when truly thinking about the trials and tribulations that I’ve been thru. Often what I thought in the moment was unpleasant or even torture has thru reflection has revealed itself to be a lesson in disguise. I reflect on the past year living with my mother in Toledo, Ohio. I was an adult child at 30 years old, and staying with a woman who I had selfishly began to think of as a hoarder. For those who don’t know, a hoarder is …

Review of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Novel, 2012)

Set to the backdrop of Nazi occupation of Europe and the exploding popularity of pulp trash, an art form we now celebrate as the holy comic book, is the tale of a lonely Jewish son estranged from his family and looking to make amends here in his new home of America. His name is Joe Kavalier and he’s escaped the Holocaust, traveling from Prague in a coffin containing a Golem of Jewish lore, barely slipping by the Third Reich while his parents and beloved brother behind. And that’s just the first 40 pages. Written like a daring comic from the nostalgic period dubbed the Golden Age, Joe is a Jew with a talent for magic and drawing. Trained under the tutelage of master magician Bernard Kornblum, Joe has a knack for escaping from impossible situations. As a fellow admirer of his ultimate hero Houdini, Joe treats his art exactly like his does his trade. On the whim of his cousin Sammy Clay, a fellow artist and writer, Joe helps create the fictional comic book superhero …

A Sincere Apology For Reusing Photos on My Blog

Ignorance is bliss until you’re caught in your stubborness to listen to those who know more than I do. This is an apology to those whose picture’s I’ve stolen over the years, at first under the mask of ignorance but as of recently under a stubborn refusal to listen to a woman who knew what I was doing was wrong. I failed to take her advice but have since realized my own error, recognizing the need thru religious training and specifically because of my Christian faith to respect the rules and guidelines mandated by both my governement and civil demands. I used to be one to question authority and pick and choose which rule I wanted to follow, often under the guise that I knew more than the authority enforcing the rule in the first place. And while rebellion is a healthy attitude for youth, as I grow wiser and unfortunately older I’ve come to see how even failing to know the rule is not enough of an excuse for not following it in the …

Review of Things As They Are (Theater, 2017)

Who is the poet who goes by the name Wallace Stevens? That is the question writer David Todd poses in his elegant and delightful potpourri of a play, at once both intellectual and heartfelt, a tug of war between the mind and the heart that will eventually define a hero who must come to terms with his split devotion between duty and delight, whimsy and family, fantasy and reality. Stevens is a corporate tax lawyer by day, a father of a beautiful teenage daughter, and husband to a wife who sees past the mystery and intrigue of a poet and knows the humdrum reality of holding a family together all too well. The play opens with the writer engaged in an argument with his daughter who fails to see what makes him so important, instead trying to exert her own independence from an authority that Stevens himself once rebelled against in the form of his own father. In what could have been a standard 50s set family drama, however, is instead contrasted with scenes of …

A Short Review of Shipwreck #1 (Comic Book, 2017)

A Short Review of Shipwreck #1 (Comic Book, 2017) Much like listening to the first song of an entire album, reading the first issue of a comic book series is a little like testing the water, seeing if the temperature is just right to get in. That about sums up my experience reading this debut comic book from acclaimed writer Warren Ellis, who the back on the comic informs me wrote the comic books that would inspire the films Red and Iron Man 3. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to excite me into jumping into the water, nor did the actual story itself encourage me to dive further. This comic is essentially a mystery presented in the form of a man named Dr. Jonathan Shipwright, a US Air Force Pilot who is the lone survivor of shipwreck who has the ability to transport from what appears to be on the other sides of doors. It’s a neat ability I suppose if it can be explained why it matters, which will hopefully happen in further issues. But …

A Summary of Brave and Reckless’ Advice for New WordPress Bloggers

A Summary of Brave and Reckless’ Advice for New WordPress Bloggers I’ve recently begun looking for advice and tips on how to improve my blog’s readership and overall quality and while searching found a useful post that offers some guidelines for new bloggers looking to grow their readership. I took the liberty to sum up the advice offered here. Feel free to read the actual post over at https://braveandrecklessblog.com/2017/03/06/brave-and-recklessadvice-for-new-wordpress-bloggers/ for more information and beneficial read!   Read guides for new bloggers Write daily and post frequently Subscribe and respond to the daily post Tag wisely Shorter posts are more likely to get read Follow blogs that excite us and resonate with us If possible, subscribe to a blog’s email list Reply to meaningful blog posts Don’t ask for someone to check out our blogs unless we are sincere and generally familiar with that person Be careful in how we ask for someone to look at our work Ignore the numbers and focus on the overall growth Keep in my that comments on posts are for the …

Teachings in The Second Epistle of the Apostle Paul to Timothy

Teachings in The Second Epistle of the Apostle Paul to Timothy   People who follow Christ are not concerned with earthly matters but rather pleasing our Lord A man can only become a master if he follows laws A hardworking person shall be the first to enjoy the fruit of his labors If follow Christ, we shall be with and like him In order to increase Godly lives, we must shun profane and and vain speech Jesus knows who his followers are and will reveal himself to them If a person purges theirself of earthly treasures, they shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and used by the master Flee youthful lusts Follow righteous behaviors, faith, charity, and peace Avoid foolish and obvious questions Be gentle unto all men In last days, perilous times shall come In last days, men shall be the following lovers of themselves covetous boastful proud blasphemous disobedient to parents unthankful without natural affection treacherous false accusers incontinent fierce despisers of good people traitors heedy high minded lovers of pleasure over …