Guatemala- A Taste of Perspective

I'm back in the United States.  That means I can drink the water and enjoy some air conditioning.  Cold air never tasted so good 🙂 You might think that means I'm glad I'm back, but it was surprisingly hard to board the plane in Guatemala City and head back home. I've been blessed to travel …

Empathy vs. Sympathy-A Writer’s Take

I feel your pain. In any successful story, it is neccessary to evoke empathy.  Whether we know it or not, most of us read books and watch movies to feel connected to the characters.  Ever wondered why mindless action movies are so boring? hmmmmm.... I think this idea boils down to a very simple goal …

Say the Truth: Wisdom from Neo

"Say the truth that you're carrying in your heart like hidden treasure." --Keanu Reeves That's some Neo-type wisdom from the actor who gave us The Matrix... and... a whole lot of other movies. For some reason this quote really grabbed me when I first read it.  We all hear  numerous quotes, and we are guaranteed …

Movie Review: Lion (2016)

Lion (2016) in one word: raw. A beautiful score alongside the pivotal acting of Sunny Pawar (young Saroo) weaves an intricate true-story account of a orphaned Indian boy in the late 1980's. Saroo embarks on a painstaking journey from fear and isolation to finding refuge thousands of miles away.  Refuge is not always perfect however, …

Airplane Mode: Take-off That Lazy

I’m currently typing away at 30,000 feet, a few weeks ahead of when this blog post is going live. I’m on a red-eye flight, cruising above millions of people sleeping peacefully below. Way below.   I can’t think about it for too long, or it really starts to freak me out. So, I’ll make it short …