January 2008

An Introduction to Hip-Hop Culture

January 31, 2008

Culture is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.” Hip-Hop is a way of life for a certain group of people. It has unique rules and customs that [Keep Reading]

Why Can’t Teaching Be Like Coaching?

January 30, 2008

I saw a great movie on the weekend called We Are Marshall. I was really impressed with the coach in this true-life story. He was an amazing character that brought out the best in his staff and players. As I was watching the movie, I started to draw [Keep Reading]

Album Spotlight # 1

January 29, 2008

Raising Hell – Run-DMC This is the album that introduced me to rap music. I remember it quite well. I was at a family due and my cousin had the cassette tape. He made sure that the adults weren’t around and he played it for a few of his cousins. [Keep Reading]

Give the Cameraman Some!

January 28, 2008

I used to volunteer at the community cable station in Stoney Creek. It was quite the experience to go into a tiny television studio, operate the equipment, and actually be part of a team that put on television shows. That was a long time ago but the [Keep Reading]

Transformers – Just Can’t Seem To Get It Right

January 25, 2008

Transformers are an iconic part of my childhood. I remember quite clearly running home form school to watch the cartoon show. I was excited about the theatrical release and dragged my parents to it. I even bought the soundtrack. The songs wouldn’t [Keep Reading]

My New Novel

January 24, 2008

I started working on a new novel three weeks ago. I had a situation, a character name, one rough scene of dialogue, and not much else. That was my starting point. I didn’t really know where I was going with it, but I sat down and typed away [Keep Reading]

Random Acts of Kindness

January 23, 2008

First I saw a commercial where cars were stuck in a gridlock and a few of the drivers stuck started to blow bubbles. It was a light moment in a usually tense situation. It was also kind of beautiful. The voice over announced this as a “blatant act [Keep Reading]

Album Spotlight

January 22, 2008

Tuesdays are when new music is released. I used to look forward to Tuesdays. I would run to the record stores downtown and try to find the lowest price on the new must-have tape. Yup, I said tape. I reluctantly started buying CDs when I realized [Keep Reading]

Recommended Reads # 6

January 21, 2008

Story by Robert McKee I first heard of this book from a comic book convention. I sat in on a writer’s panel discussion and was quite fascinated. It was amazing to hear writers speak of their craft, characters, and creations. I have been to a few [Keep Reading]

Blog Surfing

January 18, 2008

It was one of those rare occasions where I had time to surf for blogs. Here are a few that I found today that I thought might be of interest. http://www.valeriemorrison.net/blog/ Thinking Out Loud – humour, observations, etc [Keep Reading]
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