Putting Yourself Out There

It takes a level of bravery and trust to open your lives and heart to people online. People are strangers just once and if a connection is good then friendships form. 

People who blog have something important to say or ideas to share and that means putting yourself out there to people who can affirm you or cut you down. 

Sure theres a risk but hopefully the rewards are plenty. You hope that you can change the world by your words, images, videos and audio, it’s your creative life force that the world will accept or reject. 

Whatever you do, keep on blogging and be brave…but be safe too.

When Doing A Movie Sequel

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Hollywood movie sequels should have a familiar feel without being too complicated or over the top. There are too many movies that were too gimmick laden and kind of cheesy (although I don’t mind cheese). There are too many movies that try too hard to be so different that you can’t see what the original was even about. Special effects can get in the way. Introducing too many new characters that don’t have a tie into the previous installments can only make things confusing. Storytelling should be the first and foremost concern and everything else is secondary.

Despicable Me 3 – A Great Sequel, Gru Bet Ya! (Spoiler Free-ish) #despicableme

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Last night we saw “Despicable Me 3” and it was not a disappointment. You know its hard to have successful sequels and this franchise in my opinion has gone 3 for 3. The story has Gru meeting his identical twin brother Dru which is a great twist to the continuing tale of this one time villain. Gru also has the additional element of being married to Lucy and raising their adopted kids. You see some character development which I think is key to keeping people interested in any movie where there are sequels. Oh the new villain in this movie is one who seems to be stuck in the 1980’s and has a score to settle with Hollywood is terrific.

Of course the Minions are in this and they are silly and bad and cute and naughty and oh so nice. They too have some experiences on their own that now make them better as a group. We get to see how tough and intimidating they are which I think is really funny!

All-in-all the “Despicable” movies are now in a place where they are an important part of our movie going culture. As long as we see interesting characters along with growth it should last a while. I recommend this movie because it’s a great tale of good vs. evil and some shades of gray which is a realistic thing in the world we live in.

Your Faith, Your Terms

If someone tells you that your faith isn’t strong enough because it doesn’t fit into their view of what faith should be then tell them you are working out your relationship with God/Higher Power in a way that makes sense to you. Religion and spirituality are deeply personal. Remember some folks are not religious but that doesn’t make them bad people. Love one another, be good neighbors.