Monthly Archives: February 2020

Happy Leap Day!

30 Rock is the only show that I can recall doing much of anything with Leap Day.  And I only recall that because I’d been watching older episodes during the down-time between fall and winter season on television.  Here’s one … Continue reading

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On the Week’s End

It’s been a week.  And now that it’s coming to an end, it’s nice that we’ve got a cool night with a good breeze here in Honolulu.  And more than that, I just found this video from 1994 of Rich … Continue reading

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Philosophical Mornings

I am more and more convinced that “why?” is one of the most important questions to be asked and answered.  I’m just not sure 7:00 in the morning, the right time . . . for others, at least. (image from … Continue reading

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Lent Alone

Today is Ash Wednesday for many Christians around the world.  It is a time to remember our mortality and to repent of sin.  It begins the season of Lent, which is a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter.  … Continue reading

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On Making Stupid Mistakes

Sometimes you really enjoy Jason’s ingenuity, but then you realize that it comes at some cost to Paige.  This week’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend was a great conversation with an extra layer of meaning. (image from

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“One Small Step for Lamb”

Today was packed.  Thankfully, it ended with some good conversations, some time out in the evening air, and the news that Netflix had gotten ahold of the 2019 Shaun the Sheep movie: Farmageddon.  Definitely something to look forward to this … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: The Shortest Distance

Today’s four-color Frazz by Jef Mallett is a great mix of visual and verbal sparseness.  It doesn’t always work in comics, as it can sometimes feel like a waste of space.  This one gets something about winter “just right.” Speaking … Continue reading

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The Dangers of the Mega-Narrative

There’s been something strange creeping into my approach to serial storytelling over the last few years that has finally (and fully?) nested in my viewing habits of Doctor Who. Anyone growing up reading comics in the 1970s and 1980s knows … Continue reading

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Narrow Theaters

This past Sunday saw another classic Peanuts strip by Charles Schulz that found Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown under the tree thinking.  Those are always a treat. It’s funny: these days you are as likely to find narrow theaters  . … Continue reading

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“The Soil for Unexpected Good”

About fifty letters into The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter we get a series of letters to Tolkien’s third son, Christopher.  The letters move back and forth wonderfully and soberingly between the events of World … Continue reading

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