The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XII. Of Men

Once again, the Valar sit on their laurels and congratulate themselves.  Behind their mountains, all are at peace.  They turned on the lights, but they left Middle-Earth unprotected.  Of course Morgoth sneaks around through the backdoor.  Next thing you know, he's pretty much overrun the place.  The Years of the Sun run quicker than the longer … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XII. Of Men

“The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It's a case so remarkable, it poses Holmes with a three-pipe problem. London pawnbroker Jabez Wilson has flaming red hair.  Wilson's assistant, Vincent Spaulding, who had only recently been hired, brought him an advertisement that the Red-Headed League was looking to fill a position.  Wilson, it turns out, is the only applicant hired due to the … Continue reading “The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, PhD

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly...who at … Continue reading Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, PhD

The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort by Samantha Wilcoxson

It seems like a small eternity ago, but in reality it's only been a little over a week.  Maybe?  Time is a bit squirrelly for me sometimes.  I think it's some-timer's disease.  Anyway, whenever it was, I had a surprise email from my good friend, author Samantha Wilcoxson.  She's got a novella in the queue, and would I … Continue reading The Last Lancastrian: A Story of Margaret Beaufort by Samantha Wilcoxson

Star Wars: Rebels – “Heroes of Mandalore, Parts 1 and 2”

I said I was going to do some commentary blogs (not quite reviews, as such) for the final season of Star Wars: Rebels.  It begins now.  Spoilers ahead. This season is going to comprise 16 episodes, and we're told it's one long story arc that pushes from where season three left off to the (presumably) the doorstep … Continue reading Star Wars: Rebels – “Heroes of Mandalore, Parts 1 and 2”

The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XI. Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

As it is with pretty much all religious / spiritual texts, there's a direct and dogmatic way to read this chapter, and there's a poetic and symbolic way to read this chapter.  And as with our real world counterparts, the direct way will pretty much fall apart if you know anything about science.  Thing is, … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XI. Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor