Viewer Discretion is Advised

As the parent of a toddler, you might look forward to spending the occasional afternoon or evening snuggled up on the couch with your little one, watching a movie that you remember enjoying during your own childhood. That is not a bad thing, as even the most active toddlers occasionally enjoy a little down time. As you think about what movies you may want to watch with your toddler, it is helpful to take your toddler’s temperament into account. We do not watch a lot of television at our house, nor do we watch many movies. Interestingly enough, there are … Continue reading

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

The fresh start of a new year inspires lots of people to make New Year’s resolutions. Some of the most popular resolutions include losing weight/exercising more, saving money/managing debt, and stress reduction. What’s on your resolution list? According to the IHRSA (International Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association), January is the biggest month for new gym memberships — New Year’s is a huge boost for the exercise industry. But as many as forty percent of those new signups stop going within the first three months. (Some experts say the number is even higher than forty percent!) We make these big, … Continue reading

Making Healthy and Reasonable Resolutions

It’s that time of year: time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I like the idea of a fresh start for the New Year. But I don’t always stick with my resolutions. I think that’s because I try to make them too big and too broad. Know what I mean? Get in shape. Eat better. Exercise more. They’re kind of nebulous and easy to forget. According to, the most popular New Year’s resolutions include: Losing weight/exercising more/getting into shape Eating better/eating right Managing debt/saving money Quitting smoking Reducing stress Getting a better job Getting a better education Travel … Continue reading

“Harry Potter” Bollywood Brouhaha

The studio in charge of distributing those mega-popular Harry Potter films is no slouch when it comes to making money. Recently, Warner Bros. announced that the highly anticipated sixth installment in the blockbuster film franchise about the boy wizard, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” would no longer be in theaters in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Rather, in an attempt to capitalize on an open date during the busy (See: mega-profitable) summer season, the studio decided to sit on the film until July 17, 2009, when it would be released nationwide. Most movie critics call the move strategic given … Continue reading


A young woman gave birth alone Strangers surround her, hold you first In the bright glare of a sterile room One room In a large hospital In a populous country In a huge world. Yet fireworks lit the skies all over the world the night you were born There were prayer vigils and champagne and parties to end all parties. All the hospital staff know and remember you, Happy Jade, jewel of the future; First baby born at that hospital in the New Millennium. A Korean friend remembers a news story about the first New Year baby– Was it you? … Continue reading

Good News for Movie Makers

Legendary movie director Francis Ford Coppola is breathing a sigh of relief today. He and the rest of the cast and crew working on his latest film project are back on the job after a six-day hiatus prompted by a labor complaint from the actors’ union shut down production. The five-time Oscar winner, who directed “Apocalypse Now” and “The Godfather” trilogy, was reportedly forced to suspend shooting on his new movie “Tetro” on May 22nd because of complaints from the union. The Argentine Association of Actors claimed that Coppola’s production studio had not completed the necessary paperwork for Argentine actors … Continue reading

The Home Owner’s New Year’s Resolutions

If you own a home (or even just rent one) you probably have some little things that you would like to get done this coming year. As owners of an older “needs some work” home, I can relate to anyone who might have a resolution or two that involves their home. Have you made any? If you needs some ideas, check out mine! I resolve to go greener. This year we have made some great strides toward going green, from turning the heat down low and wearing layers of clothing, to recycling, to shutting offer power to phantom appliances and … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution: Your Marriage

Your marriage is a very important thing. You should constantly be working to maintain and improve this relationship. When you are juggling the stress of your job, your children and church callings, it can be too easy to put your marital relationship on the back burner. It is vital that you take the time each day to strengthen your relationship with each other. Here are four habits that you can bring you closer in the new year. 1) You can work with your spouse to grow together spiritually. You can have couple prayer, study the scriptures together and attend the … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution: Growing Spiritually

If you have decide to increase your spirituality as one of your New Year’s resolutions, this is a great goal. You can do many things to help you draw closer to the Lord. However you may want to be careful as you pray. Often when I have prayed for increased strength, faith or knowledge, I have been blessed with a trial to help me grow stronger. Here are some things you can do to better your relationship with the Lord this year. 1) Study the scriptures and the words of the prophets this year. There is no better way to … Continue reading

Home Week in Review: December 24 – 30

Merry Christmas! Here are these week’s selections at a glance: One Day ’til Christmas Do you open a gift, or all your gifts on Christmas Eve or do you save them for Christmas Day? We will each open one small gift later and then we’ll put out cookies and milk for Santa and hang up the stockings. Did you write down all the gifts that need batteries and get batteries for them? There may still be time to get some if you forgot. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Joy to all May you all be happy and blessed at Christmastime … Continue reading