IMDb: When the Game Stands Tall

•January 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

Coach Bob: It’s as if life has taken more than it gives, and I am lost.

“Life is full of all sorts of setbacks and twists and turns and disappointments. The character of this team will be how well you will come back from this letdown, this defeat. You could still be a great team and you can still accomplish great things… but it’s going to take a real resolve to do it.” -Coach Ladouceur”
― Neil Hayes, When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football’s Longest Winning Streak

Coach Bob: I truly believe the best things in life happen when we lose something or something challenging happens.

“Life’s most impressionable lessons are when something challenging happens and confronts you.” – Coach Ladouceur

When the Game Stands Tall



Bodies, Debris Found in AirAsia Search – The Wall Street Journal

•December 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

O Lord, in your mercy..prayers for families of those aboard flight QZ8501 as “Bodies, Debris Found in AirAsia Search”


the hardest part of saying goodbye

•November 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The hardest part of saying goodbye is having to do it again every single day. Every day we face the same truth that life is fleeting that our time here is short and to honor the fallen we must live our own lives well.



(Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Eugene Scott in One Tree Hill: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Season 6, Episode 4)

IMDb: A Man Called Peter

•August 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

family movie Sunday matinée @Espiritus

“If the Bible is true, and Christ has not deceived us, there awaits beyond the curtain a life that will never end, a life of beauty and peace and love. A life of reunion with loved ones who, like ourselves, have trusted in the very presence of God.”

(Richard Todd as The Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall in “A Man Called Peter”)

A Man Called Peter


IF/THEN review

•August 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment


This appears to be a fairly accurate evaluation with adequately reasoned opinion(s) related to the current Broadway production. Idina Menzel definitely makes and for the most part carries the show! A virtual tour de force theatrical performance — such a formidably impressive vocal powerhouse of live talent that astoundingly overwhelms and singularly blows you away, surrounded at times throughout the play by other highly gifted thespians and vocalists that makes for a stellar ensemble and celebrated cast, well worthwhile seeing and hearing. I especially appreciated, following a brief intermission, the second act filled with greater depth and meaningful exploration of emotional trials and possibilities for coping in the midst of facing significant challenges with due consideration of existential, psychological and theological themes. Kudos to the one and only “wickedly talented” award winning performer, Ms. Idina Menzel and company for an enjoyably filling evening of delightful artistry.

addendum: While the first act may have dealt more with wandering through emotional wonderings of what might have been/could be concerning various possibilities for dating/relationships, the second act delved more deeply into palpable issues of grief and loss which served apropos to be timely cathartic with tears flowing in moments of reminiscence for this viewer in the audience, personally experiencing such a poignantly dramatic portrayal rendered with soberingly affecting authenticity. For this I must express heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Menzel and all involved in making this production such a real event and labor of love with performance upon performance each time well depicting our common humanity. Well done, cast & crew and orchestra, et al. — well done, indeed! With regards and appreciation for you and your work in live theater and the arts…. RE

IMDb: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

•July 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

When the doctor called me and told me he had cancer…. I burst into a flood of tears…. That’s the way I cried when John died.

And then I cried no more! … But I said, “I’ve got to, I gotta, gotta get going and see what I can find now,” ’cause I loved being married, and I loved being in love, and I loved all that. So where am I gonna find that again? And I never did. I never did.

(Elaine Stritch, [r.i.p.])

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me


i carry your heart with me

•May 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]
By E. E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

“[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]” Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Liveright Publishing Corporation.

Source: Poetry (June 1952).