December 2012

ODE to 2012

December 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

So here we are, the end of another crazy year and also, the end of my 30’s. As I look to the age of 40, I am still just as lost in the madness of trying to find and discover the American dream. This decade of life was very good to me– finding the education that I had wanted to achieve for so many years (Go Cougs!!) and having the ability to go to another country, one so foreign to me as China, but still making the change. As you all know, it was a life changing experience. It was there that I met my beautiful wife Lilifer, a german woman with much of the same passions for traveling and experiencing life as I have. We knew right away that we had something special and even though it took a long time to finally live together as man and wife in America, it was well worth the struggle. Then Elliott came along in October of 2011. What a joy this little man […]

How the Hobbit hits the screen

December 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Somewhere within the nearly 3 hour first installment of J.R.R. Tolkiens “The Hobbit”, everyone will find a moment of inspiration. For me, it was a small something uttered by Gandalf that rings the most true: “‚ÄúSaruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” This is the heart of the story for and it always has been since I was a little boy, born nearly 40 years ago. The hope that makes these stories ring to be so true is that the littliest glimpse of hope in the seemingly darkest of times is what makes these little Hobbit and Dwarves so lovely– it is their small spirit against a tyranny of evil that is always on the back burner, but still burning that makes this story so compelling. And for this film, it really is the story […]