The Lion Guard Isn’t Totally Terrible

Sep 9th, 2016 Movies

Even though we technically have a cable box hooked up in a remote corner of our house next to the dresser that leads to Narnia, our family has long ago cut the cable cord. Amy and I were streaming shows when Netflix only offered Red Dwarf and whatever Stephen King movie featured the young Drew Barrymore, and we haven’t looked back since. This last week, though,…

Red Cliff Chapter 1

Sep 2nd, 2016 Books

I finally got through major edit number two for my current work, Red Cliff. Or at least that’s the developer name. Some pretty major changes since the last time I posted a snippet, so I thought it’d stick the first chapter up here as a sample. I know there’s still some editing work to do, and I can’t get the text formatting right on the web browser,…

The Little Prince – What Movies Teach My Kids

Aug 26th, 2016 Movies

Turns out I hate myself. Or at least I’m a wanton for emotional punishment. Maybe the two are one in the same. Earlier this year, I found The Little Prince next to our computer and decided to read it to my kids. I knew it was a classic in the Mark Twain sense of being a book much praised but never read (well, at least by…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – Finding Dory

Jun 24th, 2016 Movies

First, a heresy: Finding Nemo is not my favorite Pixar movie. Not even close. When I first discovered that everyone else in the world not only loved it, they considered it one of the best animated movies of all time, it was like someone had told me the ocean wasn’t wet. I mean, yeah, it was okay, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until…

What Xbox Teaches My Kids – King’s Quest

Jun 9th, 2016 Games

I loved adventure games as a kid. Probably because I hated my life and wanted to grow more frustrated with every click of the mouse. Most of those 90’s adventure games had terrible play filled with puzzles that made sense only to a sadistic programmer hunched in his cubical so long that any exposure to sun would melt him the moment he stepped out of…

What Xbox games Teach My Kids – Valiant Hearts

Apr 29th, 2016 Games

I’m a terrible dad. That’s what rolled through my head as Valiant Hearts’ tragic final ending faded into credits. Over the past couple months, Kella has been on a huge video game kick, and I’ve tried my best to steer her towards the few and far between E rated games on the Xbox. She found Valiant Hearts on her own, a World War I themed game that…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – The Jungle Book (2016 Version)

Apr 20th, 2016 Movies

As the throwback book closed on the movie just like in the original cartoon, I couldn’t help but think that Rudyard Kipling would have liked Disney’s latest version of The Jungle Book. I remember reading a while ago (and confirmed today on Wikipedia, so it must be true) that Walt Disney wasn’t happy with the first draft of The Jungle Book. The screenwriters had stuck too closely…

Beyond Eyes – What Video Games Teach My Kids

Apr 15th, 2016 Games

In my constant search for Xbox games that don’t encourage my children to take chainsaws to aliens’ faces, I have occasionally bought the random E rated game just because it’s on sale. Beyond Eyes is one of those games. Beyond Eyes is brought to you by the publisher of Worms, the adorably cute game where cartoon worms try to murder each other with bazookas, hand…

What Video Games Teach My Kids – Unravel

Apr 6th, 2016 Games

Long ago, while Finley and Oliver were still cooking, I had dreams of zoning out on the couch with my children and destroying an entire new generation in Bomberman. Things haven’t worked out so far with Finley, who has shown minimal interest, zero aptitude, and even less patience when it comes to traditional controller-in-hand video games. Since I had no desire to test how many…

Movies, Morals, and Munchkins – Song of the Sea

Mar 25th, 2016 Movies

I’m trying out a new title for this series, at least for the non-Disney films. I’m not in love with it, but I am a fan of alliterations. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. Anyway, today I wanted to talk about the very un-Disney Irish animated film Song of the Sea. It was a bit of a struggle tracking the movie down, since it has…