Review: Time Well Spent at Downton Abbey

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Reviews & Recommendations

Tonight, my wife and I finished the series finale of the recent pop culture phenomenon, Downton Abbey. If you’ve not heard of the program, it is a A PBS masterpiece original that follows one of the great houses of England at the turn of the 19th century into the industrial revolution, through the pangs of The First Great War, and the changing times of the 1920’s that followed.

The show centers on the residents of the great house known as Downton Abbey, both the lords and ladies as well as the servants and several of the villagers with whom the household interacts. The show is a program for adults, dealing with social drama, classism, and a variety of other topics that are relevant in our current age.

Perhaps that’s why Downton did so well during its initial run—-not the fact that it is shot beautifully and written wonderfully (though it is both of those things) —- but rather that it speaks to dilemmas that are timeless and relatable to the human condition just as much in 21st century America as they were 100 years ago across the pond in England.

A more skilled writer than I could easily transpose many of the situations that occur over the show’s six seasons to another time in another place that would still resonate with modern audiences.

For me the show resulted in three major reflections, and I thought worth sharing.

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Another Week … And A Repeated Exhortation

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Faith, Hope, and Love, Writer's Diary

Catalogued inventory for eBay, to further fund the well and other endeavors.

It’s hard to believe another seven days have passed, and I am doing another weekly post. I feel as if I just completed the last one. Life is like that these days. I already discussed as much last week and mentioned the busy-ness of this current season in other posts as well.

Yes, life is passing quickly and full of things to do. This week, I’m going to keep things very short and simple (well, to the degree I’m able anyway). In a sense, I’ll be repeating myself from last week, but some things bear repeating.

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A Feeling in the Air

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Faith, Hope, and Love, Water Project, Writer's Diary

It’s like running a toy store, only without the glitz and glamour..

Right now, I’m exhausted. Chances are that you are too. Most people to whom I speak are these days.
We’re tired.
We’re spent.
And we see no sign of resting—well, I do, but that’s only because I force myself to take a day away from my various jobs. Six days out of  Seven, I feel the heat of burning the candle at both ends.

And as I said, I know I am not alone. When most folks ask how I am, I usually tell them as much; they admit the same. We’re both relieved. It’s wonderfully cathartic.

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On Writing, Again.

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Faith, Hope, and Love, Water Project, Writer's Diary


I’m writing on the regular again.

And I love it. I feel like it’s something I do well and ought to do. I wish I could do it more. For this month, I am just trying to make sure I spend at least 15-20 minutes, 5-6 days a week. I think that’s enough time to keep the muscles functioning, though they’re not likely to improve. Sometimes we can only aim do what we believe we can. 

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