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Every Life is a Story-Every Story has a Life. I love to write stories to inspire. Biographies, film reviews, and a touch of humor. Life is for learning, always.


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A comprehensive directory for Day Tripping

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About seventeen years ago, I had the occasion to visit a new museum that opened near Trafalgar square in London, UK. The display was divided into two sections, the first being a walkthrough of the bunker offices where Churchill and his command team operated during WWII.

The second part of the museum tour is dedicated entirely to the life of Sir Winston Churchill. There is no doubting the significance of this individual’s place in history, but what interested me most about this section of the museum was the new technology being implemented to exhibit his life.

The most prominent of…

Life is filled with Crossroads. Choosing those which fire the imagination

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As we move through life we are met with choices. If you move slowly, the choices are bountiful, and sometimes too many.

So you speed up a bit, travelling past successive crossroads at a pace where a decision isn’t an option. Then, you find you’re moving faster and faster, and the intersections slip by in a blur, leaving you to fly on without the knowledge that a choice even exists.

What on earth does this have to do with my biography, you ask?

I have seen my life at various speeds, and I have to say I’m enjoying this one…

Tough to look at, and hard to kill

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Remember the joke that went around when The Rolling Stones announced their Steel Wheels Tour way back in 1989?

People were calling it the Steel Wheelchairs tour because, at the time, the ageing rockers were approaching their 50s. Well, another thirty years on and these guys are still going, and seemingly, indestructible.

Since that tour so long ago, Mick Jagger has survived open-heart surgery, Keith Richards has survived about everything he’s ever done to himself.

And Charlie Watts? Well, he’s survived working with Mick and Keith.

Now, Ron Wood has revealed that he has beaten cancer…


Years ago, Ronny…


At least, my family thinks I am

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The play on words aside, a better fiction writer is what I aspire to be, and reading better writers like Liam Ireland and Britni Pepper inspire me to pick up my game. Finding these terrific writers on ILLUMINATION-Curated and ILLUMINATION has somehow lit a fire in my brain.

Their inspiration and my own love for ‘the story’ has become the spark that propels me. Money is a lovely and useful thing to have with the right perspective, but writing stories that resonate are for me, the ultimate prize.

As a filmmaker, I have always been drawn to visual narratives and…

Cinema — Myths and Meaning🎥

How to get more from your viewing experience

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Movies of the past still hold magical powers of imagery and symbolism that resonate today.

If you appreciate the artistry and detail that goes into filmmaking and you would like to explore cinema’s rich and diverse history with a discerning eye, please join me on a journey of rediscovery. You may even find a few new surprises along the way.

Each month, I will offer up two or three titles for viewing at your leisure. My goal is to explore these selections in detail and how they connect with today’s world. Exploring genres and film conventions in ways you may…

Travesties, Trajectories, and Transitions

By RIA Novosti archive, image #612748 / Alexander Mokletsov / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Justice Too Late

Tried and convicted in just eighty-three days in 1944, George Stinney Jr was executed by electric chair for the murder of two young white girls though there was no physical evidence presented at the trial. George was 14-years-old, the youngest person ever to be put to death in the 20th century. The prosecution's case centred on Stinney Jr, a black boy who was seen with the white girls the day before they went missing. Police also claimed that George had confessed to the gruesome murders.

Convinced that their brother had been coerced into the confession, George’s siblings…

Intentions, Inventions, and Interrements

By Jim Campbell/Aero-News Network — Public Domain,

Original Agreement

At Runnymede in England near Windsor, King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215. The Great Charter of Freedoms written by the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton, is widely recognized as the original template for rights and freedoms, and an introduction to the rule of law. Its history stems from the time of William the Conqueror who ruled with virtual impunity, causing the barons who helped him gain the throne in 1066 to revolt and declare civil war.

Though it was amended over several decades, the Magna Carta is the first document to make Kings and leaders subject…

Aviators, Album Covers, and Answers From Science

By Unknown author — Online MIKAN no. 3598276, Public Domain.

Fearless Flyers

John Alcock and Arthur Brown departed St. John’s, Newfoundland in a modified Vickers Vimy aircraft to embark on the first-ever crossing of the Atlantic in 1919. The two British airmen carried personal supplies, several pieces of the first airmail, and extra fuel tanks in place of bomb racks. The airplane was so heavily weighed down it very nearly didn’t clear the tree line on takeoff.

The remainder of the journey was far less than according to plan as the electrical generator failed, robbing the pair of radio contact and cabin heat. When fog set in over the Atlantic…

Special deliveries, space treks, and strong messages

By NASA/Don Davis —, Public Domain,

Bulk Mail

The Assistant Postmaster General of the United States, John C. Koons, decided he’d finally had enough in 1920 when he rejected two attempts to mail children through the mail. Yes, children. Since the innovation of accepting large parcel delivery in the postal service, several successful attempts were made where parents sent children to visit grandparents miles away.

Though it was common practice in rural America at the time, Koons reasoned that children could not be classified as harmless live animals. …

Detention, Dictators, and Debuts

By Witstinkhout — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Doing Hard Time

After being convicted in a South African court on charges of sabotage in 1964, Nelson Mandela and several fellow members of the ANC were sentenced to life in prison. He began serving his sentence at the Robben Island Prison, a nearly medieval facility with no bed or plumbing in a small cell. For eighteen of his twenty-seven years of captivity, Mandela endured his time at hard labour and was only allowed one visitor per year for thirty minutes.

Unbroken and undeterred, Nelson Mandela successfully used his doctrine of civil disobedience to gain dramatic reforms and improvements to…

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