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The Wonderful Life of Making Your World Small

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I never thought the lives of George Baily and Clark Kent might cross the streams of commonality, tuns out I was wrong.

Suspended Between Earth and Sky

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The breeze passed through the tree trunks below, unhindered, as the sun shined through the canopy and myriad of voices were heard amongst the surrounding; some above, some below.  Some encouraging, some concerned for their own safety.  In the midst of a darkened metal space one thought pushed out all the rest: “I will not fear; fear is the mind killer,  fear is the little death that brings total annihilation.  I will face my fear, I will let my fear …

A Father’s Ambition

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As a kid, I distinctly remember an episode of Adventures in Odyssey that involved the character Lucy Cunningham-Shultz competing in a Bible Quiz competition.  She loses the contest but it was the material that she flubbed that stuck with me, 1 Thessalonians 4:11 “…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you”.  In recent years these words have taken on new significance as I’ve realized …

Maybe not so Maleficent after all…

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Growing up, I watched a lot of films from Disney Animation studios that have long been considered classics.  While Lion King stands head and shoulders above the rest of the Pride, Scar was never my favorite villain (most of whom I didn’t like).  No that honor wants went to another character from a much older film, a villain who long lived up to her name: Maleficent.

Legos and Life Lessons

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I recently spent a sunny afternoon on my parents back porch with a glass of green tea and an unopened box of Star Wars LEGOs, intent on a lazy afternoon.  I got more than that as my mind drifted between “Everything is Awesome” on repeat and life lessons as I was building.

Clone Wars and Theology: A Foolish Muppet’s Hope

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All good things must come to an end, right?  That’s what the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation tired to teach me when I was younger; it failed. Sometimes things that are a long time in coming never happen because if they did, that end would come.  It’s akin to reaching Ganon at the end of Level 9 – Death Mountain – in the original Legend of Zelda (LoZ) but never defeating him (because if you did, the …

The Underwater Jetpack

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In 1989, one Robert Zemeckis led many of us to believe that by the year 2015 Mattel would give the world hover-boards.  Even though there is still time left to make good on that, it hasn’t happened yet.  Neither has flying cars or jet-packs.  Well, it turns out I might have been wrong about the jet-pack, a valuable lesson I recently learned.

Beginning the Aqua Quest

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The yellow sun cast a small shadow on the endless expanse of sand as the waves crashed again and again.  In the midst of island paradise the shadow slowly moved as two two hands flexed into claws and inch by inch a young blonde boy fought to overcome the waves and the deadly undertow.  Pulling, pulling, pulling, further from the safety of the sand as if the armored Dark Lord of the Sith was hidden amongst the crashing waves and …

Jodorowsky’s DUNE

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The coming of age of a small boy on a desert planet, destined to save the universe from a dark and imperial evil.  Before George Lucas, before Star Wars, before the Skywalker family, there was Arakis, there was Paul…there was Jodorowsky’s DUNE!

The Mount Moriah Skeletor, Part II

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Dreams aren’t like movies. In a movie, the whole thing is wrapped up in a few hours, generally with a satisfying ending, because that is what audiences desire.  Chasing dreams in real-life involve luls and intermissions (something films used to have). Thus continues the real-life “intermission” of chasing a dream to Washington…