Want to write your memoir but don’t know where or how to begin? You’ve already taken the preliminary steps... The next step, the all-important First Step, is to prepare yourself for what comes next.
The Founder, from director John Lee Hancock and writer Robert Siegel, is a film based on a true story and stars Michael Keaton as The McDonald’s Corporation’s original CEO Ray Kroc.
Patriots Day, directed by Peter Berg, stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, and J.K. Simmons. The subject: The 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.
Star Wars: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta. Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy and John Knoll, stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Alan Tudyk.
Hidden Figures, a film from director Theodore Melfi, stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe as three African American women working for NASA in 1961, and Kevin Costner as the head of t
A review of the film Passengers. The film is written by Jon Spaihts, directed by Morten Tyldumm, and stars Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt.
Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, is a story about the isolating effects of racism in 1950’s America transitioning into the ever-evolving efforts of 1960’s integration.
Missing an icon, George Michael, a day after his death on December 25, 2016.
Big Eyes, a 2014 release from director Tim Burton, chronicles the true story of painter Margaret Keane’s introduction and marriage to Walter Keane, and their eventual divorce.
Collateral Beauty, directed by David Frankel, is a new holiday film that re-imagines the classic Dickens tale of redemption into a contemporary story of accepting loss.
A short story I wrote for a class, "Devoted" resulted from an assignment that required a magical creature and something I could teach someone. Lost in the last day shuffle, I never received feedback.
The Street With Two Names is a setting I wrote for a memoir writing class that I took this past summer. It not only describes the people I remember but the time and place of my childhood, back when I thought the...
When reading The Silken Tent by Robert Frost, a warm, fuzzy feeling known as love penetrates the senses through not only the diction the narrator uses, but also the figures of speech, tone, metaphors (whether or not...
The story, Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is an allegory full of symbolic meaning, which can be discovered through the tone, diction, and style Hawthorne uses in developing Faith as the main, round...
This is my first attempt at Prose Poetry, and is something I'd like to include in my stories. I began with the line, "Who do you tell your secrets to, when you go to sleep - alone" sitting in my thoughts over the...
It was back in January realized I wanted to quit smoking. I had just finished writing out my goals for the year and noticed, quite plainly, that I hadn't really reached the goals I had set for last year. Last year's...
What is strength? What is power? Do these two words have anything in common? With a bit of surprise, they do. Simply put, having power means to have strength. So, what does it mean to have strength? To...
When I first started my education, the Equal Rights Amendment was working its way toward being signed into law, in 1972, by the US Congress. I was much too young to understand what was happening in our country, let...
What does it mean to be rich? How does one become rich? Is it possible to become rich if you weren't born with a Silver Spoon in your mouth or even your hand? How does it happen, really? First off, I think we...