Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)

I had previously published a Top 5 Romantic Novel list in 2015. This is my list for 2017. The only constant is The Deception of the Emerald Ring; which I clearly like quite a bit.  1. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen I am not sure what all I can say about this novel other than that I think it … Continue reading Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)


Top 5 Disney Animated Films

Robin Hood (1973) I have very fond memories of watching this film at a friend’s house as a child. Whenever I visited, we watched this movie. I am fairly confident that I watched Robin Hood about 900 times before my fourteenth birthday. What I enjoy about this adaptation is the excellent dialogue and the dream-like … Continue reading Top 5 Disney Animated Films

Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Themes Explored: fantasy, escapism, luck, wits, endurance, slavery, foolishness and folly, patriotism, society and class, injustice, wisdom, knowledge, technology, modernization, the supernatural, magic, wizardry, romance, adultery, betrayal, satire Summary: A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire. (From Goodreads) Review: I love King Arthur stories, the adventure, … Continue reading Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

I only recommend books that I have personally read and enjoyed. Here is a selection of children's books I read in my childhood (or a little more recently) that portray young men and boys in a positive light and emphasize character traits like bravery, courage, compassion, and honesty. In no particular order:  The Chronicles of … Continue reading Children’s Books With Strong Male Characters

Top 5 Fairy Tale Movies

1.The Age of Adaline (2015) Synopsis: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into (IMDb). Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn Review:  Technically, The Age of … Continue reading Top 5 Fairy Tale Movies

Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Themes Explored: friendship, power, coming of age, pride, language, supernatural, man and the natural world, education, duty, personal responsibility, arrogance, death, death, balance, coming-of-age, fantasy, dragons, magic, wizardry, consequences Summary: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and … Continue reading Ursula K Le Guin-A Wizard of Earthsea

Top 5 Under Appreciated Disney Movies

1.Iron Will Release Date: 14 January 1994 Synopsis: When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will require days of racing for long hours, through harsh weather and terrain. … Continue reading Top 5 Under Appreciated Disney Movies

Herman Melville-Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes Explored: the limits of knowledge, the deceptiveness of fate, the exploitative nature of whaling, whiteness (as in the idea that the color white represents evil or non-existence), depth, surfaces, revenge, death, whales, morality, whale anatomy, friendship, sailing, faith, perception, reality, mental illness, fate, economic expansion, modernism Synopsis: In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling … Continue reading Herman Melville-Moby Dick or The Whale

Movie Review: After the Ball

Director: Sean Garrity Rating: PG Starring: Portia Doubleday, Marc-Andre Grondin, Chris Noth, Lauren Holly Screenplay: Jason Sherman & Kate Melville Music by: Ari Posner Cinematography: Pierre Gill Running Time: 101 Minutes Premiered: April 24, 2015 (US Release) Synopsis: After a young fashion designer runs afoul of her corrupt stepmother and stepsisters, she dons a disguise … Continue reading Movie Review: After the Ball

Movie Review: The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman Rating: G Starring: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson Screenplay: Bill Peet Based on The Once & Future King by: T.H. White Music By: George Bruns Cinematography/Art Direction: Ken Anderson Running Time: 79 Minutes Premiered: December 25, 1963 (US Release) DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001 Synopsis: The wizard Merlin teaches a … Continue reading Movie Review: The Sword in the Stone (1963)