How not to cry

Okay, now hold it together You’re overreacting, can’t you see? You feel hurt, embarrassed, angry But that’s no cause for tears Is it?   Clench your fists, hard Feel those nails dig in to your palm That’s it, that’ll stop the flow Before it starts No one needs to know How they’ve hurt you  …

Review “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. – Benjamin Franklin “The Giver” is a book full of questions. It sets up a situation that demands questions, and thought. The author expertly builds the situation slowly, so little by little more is revealed about the…

Wonder in the words

When I was small Letters became words became sentences became Magic, and mystery, and far away wondrous places   A strange cat in a very tall hat Taught some lonely children how to have fun But I don’t think I’d ever have eaten Green eggs and ham   Discovering poetry in the Hundred Acre Wood…

The young at heart

I’m too old, he said Love’s a game for the young I’m too set in my ways Who’d have me now?   Maybe once, she said A long time ago But now? What do I have that anyone would want?   They circled in a stately dance Drawing ever nearer They opened doors and drew…

Review “A Dangerous Method”

Made in 2011, this film was directed by David Cronenberg and purports to tell about the relationship and ultimate rift between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. It also reports the relationship and affair between Jung and Sabina Spielrein, a patient who eventually becomes a psychiatrist herself. Cronenberg is an excellent director, but I feel he…

A difficult year

I don’t really talk about my personal life much on this blog. However, 2018 has been quite a tough year for me, involving a great deal of upheaval and change in my life. I have an illness that, while it isn’t going to kill me, is not going to go away either. I have tried…

A Shepherd’s Tale

A cold night Winter’s coming And it will soon be time to move indoors But for now, build up the fire Huddle in cloaks Almost hoping for a wolf among the flock Some kind of action To keep warm   Bethlehem’s fires can be seen in the distance Dream for a moment of wealthy homes…

A Christmas Feast

The Christmas feast is ready The table groans with abundance The turkey smells like heaven With lashings of gravy and stuffing Roasted vegetables piled high Plum pudding flames To oohs and ahs of delight Crackers pop, paper hats adorn happy heads Raise your glasses to a merry Christmas   While outside, noses press to the…

Review “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

I love the ‘Christmas Carol’ story, and I have seen many adaptations over the years. This version can stand with any of them. It is great! The awesome and amazing Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. He is absolutely fantastic in the role, despite the fact that he is mostly acting with muppets. There is…