In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • Whiplash
    Whiplash – A Movie Review and a Personal Story

    Whiplash 4.5 Stars “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” —Lucille Ball I have hesitated to watch this movie because the story is very

  • Wild: A Walk to Redemption

    Wild: A Walk to Redemption First off, I’m already biased for the movie, as I’m a total sucker for redemption movies (yes, like Shawshank Redemption). Also, I’m a fan of trekking, backpacking and hiking, although I’ve never really been on such a lengthy trail like the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • Review – The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    My Rating: 75/100 Yesterday, my wife and I watched The Avengers: Age of Ultron. My overall rating, minus all the hoopla and minus all the hype? 75% (in keeping with the critical response on Rotten Tomatoes). Sorry, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about this Avengers sequel, and I thought it

  • Scripps Sunset
    Weekend Update: Movies, Super Bowl, The Sopranos, Etc.

    I’ve been contemplating the last play that the Seahawks made which resulted in an interception by the Patriots and sealed the win for New England. It’s all over, and no one can take that back. The Super Bowl It’s heartbreaking, yes, for the Seattle Seahawks, hoping to win back-to-back

  • Raw Vegan Diet
    Looks Like Meat’s Back on the Menu, Boys!

    Well, for me, not really… I just like that scene from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Actually, I’m doing well on a Vegan Diet. But when I think about “meat”, I think about that scene. (video above). For the most part, I’ve been enjoying rice and stir fry.

  • Sea World
    V2: Showing Compassion for the Plight of Orcas

    I recently watched Blackfish, the documentary that covers the plight of Orcas held in captivity for our entertainment. First off, this is NOT an easy topic for me to write about, as I have many fond memories of taking the family to Sea World and enjoying this popular Aquatic


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