We live our lives by a philosophy, whether we realize it or not. In this collection of quotes, I've borrowed from several current and past sources to suggest adopting a philosophy for living.
These are my top five Humphrey Bogart films from the at least 80 movies he starred in. All of my movie choices are from the 1940's. The writers, directors, stories and co-stars have each played a part in my choices.
Stephen King tells us his personal story in his book "On Writing" and describes "how I came to this craft, what I know about it now, and how it’s done.” I've added my thoughts on the first 101 pages.
Reconciling one's faith with the state of world affairs is a challenge for us all. One Christian man reveals the feelings that led him to his decision to go to war and shares a poem written for him.
A poet finds his inspiration from many source. Creating a poem that inspires the reader is the challenge. I present poetry writing basics to motivate both the poet and reader.
Traditional haiku is written with 5-7-5 syllables in 3 lines. This article describes my efforts at composing haiku, a definition of haiku, and examples by Basho, Richard Wright and me. Enjoy!
Reading and selecting The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time is an exciting exercise in literary criticism. My Top Ten Greatest Novels are listed and a discussion of the criteria for their selection.
This vignette captures a moment in time for a young man caught in his personal doldrums. Unable to find work for the first time in his life, he struggles to kill time. Follow our hero through his day.
Tips for reading a poem to a girl are what every guy needs at some point in his life. Romance is important to us all! These sixteen tips will help a guy read poetry to a girl successfully.
The Poet's Inspiration can be from many influences. "Summer Musings' presents the images, sounds and creatures of summer poetry. Nature's effect on the poet through poems is described.
George Washington was the first President of the United States. He served as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. He helped a fledgling country become the greatest democracy in history.
How to Pray to a Deity describes the postures and rituals surrounding this practice. Worship for Judasim, Catholicism and Islam is disscussed. Prayer is common to all worshippers in every religion.
The Three Best Tourist Sites to visit in Pittsburgh, PA are: The Point, Mount Washington and The Carnegie Science Center. Experience some of the finest attractions Pittsburgh has to offer.
Relationships begin in different ways. For his couple, love found them by the sea. This story and poem is about a man finding love and treasure by the sea.
The Civic Arena has it's place in Pittsburgh's history. It served as a premier entertainment venue for almost 50 years. I present a nostalgic tribute to The Civic Arena (aka Mellon Arena).
Gordon W. Allport's Trait Theory includes the concept of Cardinal Traits. This is the dominant characteristic that controls personality. Themes, use and application are presented.
A tongue-in-cheek look at 10 ways to demoralize your employees. Describes how things are done in some businesses. Corporate culture that doesn't motivate employees can mean death to an organization.
Love poetry moves our hearts, moves our souls, in any language. On Valentine's Day we celebrate our romantic hearts' impulses. These three poems are shared with love.
Baseball can me an exciting game! The pitch, catch, hit or run! Our hero plays an important role in this story of America's favorite past-time and experiences something every ballplayer has dreams of!
Romantic poetry inspires us all to be loving in our relationships. For Valentine's Day, I share these poems of love for you. Everyone loves a lover! With Love.
New Year's Resolution's are easier to make than keep! Connecting goals and values make it easier to change vexing habits, improve your health and relationships. You CAN keep your promises to yourself!
A family of blue mimes lived near the edge of a river and tended an apple orchard and small farm. The little boy mime has an adventure that might surprise and encourage you!
These are my top five Christmas songs from cartoons or animated specials. Listening to them takes me back to the simpler, innocent days of childhood.
This time of year, we celebrate the spirit of Christmas. These special classic movies help us remember the reason for the season and present the spirit of Christmas uniquely and profoundly!
Phobias are often uncontrollable and irrational. Harpaxophobia is the fear of being robbed. Our character lives in a solitary world, alone and safe. Locked away with his fears, he awaits for the One.
It's exciting to try to make our romantic dreams come true. Our plans don't always end the way we expect. Sometimes life intervenes as our romantic hero discovered 'how to kiss' on one sunny day!
Marriages have periods of ebb and flow. We try to "perfect" each other. This leads to struggles that are common, ordinary, and possibly necessary to survive. This poem is about love and compromise.
Christmas is a time of wonder--like it was for this toddler. Reverence and silent worship marked his heartfelt response to the Nativity of Christ. He was able to find Christ in Christmas.
This poem is written in memory of my friend Charleen, a caring, loving person. Admired and respected by all, she was always ready with a smile and kind word. Praying and singing is how I remember her.