I write for the same reason I breathe — because if I didn’t, I would die.” | Asimov

Today marks the 29th anniversary of Asimov’s death in 1992. It is sad that I never got to meet him, I was only a little girl when he died. Of all people I admire and who have since been gone from this world, he is the one I wish I could have met! Even above C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, both of whom I also admire. This is because I feel a strong kindredness of spirit with Asimov through his work that…


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And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” — Luke 17:1–2

I have desired to share my thoughts on the topic of Netflix’s Cuties. My thoughts are coming from a place that desires to elevate Art and Storytelling, as I truly believe they are something sacred and valuable. Art and imagery are powerful…


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“And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. “— Luke 18:18–19

As most people, I am a fan of NBC’s The Good Place. At first I didn’t think it would be something I would like, but it grew on me over time, and in the end I was very impressed by this clever science fiction show — and by that definition, I mean a show that deals with philosophical themes. What I loved about The…


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“You can almost see it from here.”

“What?”

“Home.”

As what I have come to expect from a Nolan film, Dunkirk is an entirely unique and profound experience. Although I’m not a war or history buff, Nolan’s cinematic portrait of the struggle and survival of the men at Dunkirk is deeply moving and beautiful to behold. I could only describe the feeling as being like looking upon a painting of one of the Masters. When studying a work of art from Rembrandt, Carvaggio, El Greco or Da Vinci, what you notice is the meticulous and intentional care in how they…


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I feel compelled to record my experience watching Tarantino’s latest film. I haven’t been keeping up with all the controversies surrounding this film, so you must forgive me if I speak like I am out of the loop, because I literally am. On top of that, I didn’t even know what the Manson Family Murders were until I decided to go watch this movie. (History isn’t my strong suit.) Reading the history of this terrible tragedy was mind-blowing and awful. …


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In my previous post, I outlined the flawed narrative structure of the conclusion of Game of Thrones. I focused primarily on Daenerys and how her story did not communicate effectively what Benioff and Weiss were wanting to accomplish with her, i.e. her becoming “Mad Queen” Targaryen. I then asked what it was that they did communicate through her story. Here is where I would like to begin.

As an artist and visual storyteller, I have become exceedingly grieved and disgusted with a lot of the stories in our entertainment today. Every one of my favorite shows one right after another…

The Romantic Rationalist

“One can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower.” - Ambassador Spock

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