Monthly Archives: January 2015

19:59 — An Essay On Running

That nerd in the red is me.

That nerd in the red is me.

Regular readers won’t know this about me — because why would they — but for years I’ve been an avid runner.  I’m also an avid soccer fan and, until a couple years ago, an avid player.  Unfortunately, I’m also getting older so playing soccer at a competitive level — which is not all that competitive at all — was taking a physical toll.  In other words, I was getting more and more sore after games and it was harder to recover.

So, once soccer went away for me, I turned my attentions full on to running.  One of the things I wanted to do as a runner was break the 20 minute barrier in a 5k and when I finally did it, I wrote the following piece.  And hey, when you’re done reading this for free, why don’t you skip on over to one of the links on the right and buy something from me — buying things always makes you feel better: Continue reading

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Time to Buy — Stories Available on Smashwords

CoverFinal CoverHey there, loyal readers, two recent stories of mine were added to Smashwords.  And you know what’s great about Smashwords?  They convert everything into whatever format you want!  Kindle, PDF, whatever!

So, One is free, the other is just $0.99.  Amortized across the pair, that’s not even $0.50 per story.  When you look at it that way, what’s to stop you from buying.

Go there now!

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The Best Picture Project — The Sound of Music (1965)

Sound of music.jpgDirected by Robert Wise

Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, adapted from the stage show and book

Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, a bunch of children and the blondest Nazi you ever saw

The Sound of Music was the second-to-last of the old-style Hollywood musicals to win Best Picture – the last being a lesser Carol Reed film, Oliver!  In fact, since the 1960s, only a single musical has won Best Picture – Chicago in 2002.  Which is strange because, in the 1960s alone you had four – West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and Oliver! (1968).   I suppose when you think about it, the fact that the 1960s were the decade of the Best Picture musical, whereas the 1970s were the decade of the grittier Best Picture drama, is ample evidence of just what can happen when there is a changing of the guard in any establishment. Continue reading

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