Are you Santa Claus?

27 Nov

This is one of my favorite commercials of all time.

Go ahead and enjoy the storytelling.

Even when the present is difficult, it is important to thank God

26 Nov

Written in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for the people of America to thank God for His blessings and care even as they were going through difficult times.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

[From Abraham Lincoln Online.]


A few words from Sir Isaac

25 Nov

-He who thinks half-heartedly will not believe in god; but he who really thinks has to believe in god.-


Nevada Film Festival

25 Nov


The Breathless Choir

24 Nov

I’m a sucker for good stories.

This is a good story.

It is encouraging and inspiring to see people who choose to make a difference for good.


Trailers that work

23 Nov

As a screenwriter, one of the things I do is watch a lot of trailers. It gives me a feel for what is happening in the industry — what films are being made, what stories are being told, and … is there anything out there I want to see.

Sadly, most trailers I watch don’t make me want to see the movie.

The trailer is the condensed pitch for the story.  It’s an attempt to get the potential viewers to make the decision to come to the theater (or video store or online service), lay down their money and time, and watch the movie.  The trailer should be the best of the best in order to capture the interest of potential viewers.

Sometimes the trailers are very good but we discover when we go see the film that all the good parts of the movie were included in the 1 – 2 minute trailer. The movie itself was horrible. But that’s a topic for another post.

Today I want to share with you a trailer that worked for me.

Is the film any good?

That I won’t know until I watch the movie but the trailer did its job. The film is now on my list of movies I want to see.



Something to think about …

20 Nov



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