My Review | The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen was the greatest polar explorer of all-time … first to the South Pole, first to the North Pole, who successfully navigated the Northwest and Northeast Passage. Shackleton’s bad luck was epic and really incomparable, but bad luck was fairly routine in polar exploration. There was a good chance that you were going to suffer and suffer for a long time and suffer to the brink of death. But there were nations lining up to explore the globe and achieve great feats. Roald was inspired as a young man to do big things. Continue reading

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My Review | The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

I read the first 200 pages on my iPad on a flight from Colorado Springs to Los Angeles, like a hot knife through butter. I liked the characters, the setting and the story. And I liked the writing. It was simply and clearly written. “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” was a breath of fresh air. The story focuses on reading, writing, books and stories, and the world of storytelling. Continue reading

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REVIEW | Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Flow” is a very influential book in the world of psychology. The author, Mihaly Csikszentmihlyi, poses the question, ‘What makes life worth living?’ With this inquiry as the starting point, the author reveals years of pioneering research that adds to our understanding of happiness, creativity, and human fulfillment by describing the common elements of ultimate experience or “flow,” a state of heightened focus and immersion in art, athletics, work and life. Continue reading

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My Review | To the Lighthouse

I readily admit that I don’t catch most literary references or metaphors, if that’s what modernist fiction means. This novel was hailed for its experimental nature. Nothing happens. Everything is a stream-of-consciousness, jumping from character-to-character. No action, little dialogue. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 2015

Sam likes videos and filmmaking, so this year he joined KRAM, which is a student-run video production group that makes weekly newscasts. They also made a spoof of the TV cartoon, Scooby-Doo. Sam played the villain. He wore a mask that looks like a basketball; his character was called, Slam Dunk. At the end of the video, the school’s security officer ad-libbed the line, “Come on Slam Dunk, I’m taking you to the slammer.” Continue reading

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My Favorite Books … 2015

Here are my favorite books from 2015. Some new, some old, some fiction and non-fiction. I even read a few books written by authors who reside in countries other than America to keep those comparative lit snobs off my back. I read three collections of short stories by Melissa Bank (The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing), Annie Proulx (Close Range) and Miranda July (No one belongs here more than you), which included some of the best writing I encountered all year. Continue reading

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My Favorite Videos … 2015

Here are my top 10 videos that I noticed and posted on Facebook in 2015. Three are about movies, two feature drones, music, and human acheivement and there is one about genocide, the moon, bunnies and a TED talk about a kindergarten in Tokyo. If you were just going to watch one, I’d watch the TED talk or the Karate Kid video or the Ninja Warrior or the mountain biker from Red Bull (that one is insane). They are all excellent. Continue reading

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