The Maze Runner Books

STAR for Entertainment Value …. and a STAR for Clean Content …  The Maze Runner Trilogy, written by James Dashner, and consisting of The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure are an excellent Young Adult series that I highly recommend to anyone 13 and up. There are other titles in the series that I have not read. I believe they are prequels to the main series. The storyline throughout the whole series kept me guessing. I was never really sure where the stories were going, and that’s a good thing. These books are completely original in their concept. … Continue reading The Maze Runner Books

Easter – Truth or Fairy Tale?

There’s nothing wrong with dying eggs with our kids and taking them to easter egg  hunts as long as we also spend time reminding them of what Easter is really about. The entire Christian faith rests upon the event that Easter was originally meant to celebrate; the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its not enough to teach our kids that Jesus was a good man who we should give reverence to once or twice a year. Our kids need to know that the Bible stories are true. The historical evidence is there. We, as parents and grandparents, and mentors need to … Continue reading Easter – Truth or Fairy Tale?

Beauty and the Beast 2017, Still Magical

A STAR for Entertainment Value … Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie gives us all the charm and magic of their 1991 classic and more. The translation from classic animation to real live actors and sets was almost flawless in my book, although I must point out that it wasn’t a full translation. By that I mean there were still many computer generated characters, effects, and settings throughout the film. However, this new mostly live action version was a faithful, modernized adaptation of the animated Beauty and the Beast that we all know and love. The actors chosen to … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast 2017, Still Magical

Agents of Shield

Watching Agents of Shield has become the go to Father/Daughter event of my household. When I, along with my 12 and 14 year old girls decided to start watching Agents of Shield last summer, I made one rule; we must watch each episode together. My hope was that the experience of watching a particular show together would become a highlight of our week and even create special memories for all 3 of us. I remember back in my childhood sitting next to my Mom many a nights watching Mary Tyler Moore and All In The Family, Taxi, and Cheers, and laughing … Continue reading Agents of Shield

Thoughts on Dr Strange Movie

After seeing the new movie, Dr. Strange a few nights ago, I’m giving it the following two ratings:  for Entertainment Value  for Content Concerns The 2 symbols I’ve used above are called SPLARS, a hybrid of a STAR and a SPLAT. A SPLAR means the movie falls somewhere between good and bad. Entertainment Value In many ways, Dr. Strange was a very entertaining movie. Benedict Cumberbatch was perfect for the role. Not only was his acting right on, but he fit the part physically as well. The character arc for Dr. Strange as a character was very effective. He was somewhat unlikable … Continue reading Thoughts on Dr Strange Movie

Captain America: Civil War … Good vs Good = Bad

I finally got a chance to see Captain America: Civil War over the weekend. I know its been out since May of this year, but life has been busy and movie going funds have been low. My daughters and I have been patiently waiting for this, the next installment in The Avengers saga to come out on DVD. The movie promised one of the largest cast of superheros ever assembled for one movie. There were familiar favorites and fresh new faces. This was going to be great, or so we thought. We popped our popcorn, poured our sodas, turned up the volume, … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War … Good vs Good = Bad

Conclusion of End of the Rope

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my story as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Please let me know your reactions through comments, emails, or Facebook posts. To go back and read part 1, click HERE. To go back and read part 2, click HERE. END OF THE ROPE – part 3 – by Scott Cahan … Erin pushed the door closed and was immediately overwhelmed by the bright sun that engulfed her. She closed her eyes and stood still on the cement stone in front of the shelter door. She tried to take a moment and prepare herself mentally, but she … Continue reading Conclusion of End of the Rope

Part 2-End of the Rope

This is part 2 of a 3-part original story that I’m posting here in serial form. So, far the response from my readers has been overwhelmingly positive. I value your comments, so please keep them coming. This is ultimately an experiment to see if this blog is a good platform for sharing my stories and connecting them with readers. If you missed part 1, click HERE to read it first. Enough talk, let’s get back to the story!  PART 2 OF “END OF THE ROPE” by Scott Cahan …. Five minutes passed before Erin lifted her head slowly. She wiped her eyes … Continue reading Part 2-End of the Rope

An Original Short Story

by Scott Cahan ….  A GIRL, HER DOG, A MAD SCIENTIST, AND THE END OF THE WORLD I’ll be posting this story in 3 parts over the next 5 days. Please read and enjoy. Reader input is greatly appreciated. If I get enough positive response, I may continue the story. But don’t worry. The story comes to a natural ending in the 3rd part. END OF THE ROPE . . . by Scott Cahan . . . . . . . . . . .  Erin woke, as usual, to the wet tongue of her dog, licking her face as if to say, “Get … Continue reading An Original Short Story

BFG is Big and Friendly

The new movie, BFG (Big Friendly Giant), has disappointed in ticket sales so far, but in the “great movie” department, it’s a huge success. I took my 13 year old daughter to see it this past weekend and we both had nothing but good things to say about it. The story, adapted from a much beloved book by Roald Dahl, has a classic feel with plenty of old fashioned good versus evil action, and just enough magic mixed in to carry us viewers into a world that’s much more fun and exciting then the one we live in. The giant is lovable and … Continue reading BFG is Big and Friendly