The 2015 Brians

Now that we have that silliness known as The Oscars out of the way, it’s time to focus on the real awards – The Brians. In case you don’t know, these are the awards recognizing the best in film for movies which I saw in the theater the previous year. This is a big year […]

Newsroom Memories

If you haven’t noticed already, things have really started to change in downtown Hanover. New businesses keep cropping up and great opportunities wait in the wings. One of the most recent changes has given me mixed feelings, however. Namely, the re-location of The Evening Sun offices. I have not worked for the paper full time […]

Playing it by Ear

I have spent the past year or so planning for what is happening right now. The funny thing is, I was planning so I could do something spontaneous. In 2010, I traveled to Los Angeles for a work event. On one night, the co-worker I traveled with had other plans, so I set out on […]


Something amazing happened to me a couple of weeks ago. Something that some people thought could never happen. I enjoyed closing 2014 with a bang. I walked through the streets of Hanover alone in the evening and no one hurt me. Now before I go on having fun, let me be clear – I am […]

Adjusting New Year’s

As we approach the beginning of a new year, I have started to notice the grouchy old man inside of me getting ready for an appearance. I have no problem with people celebrating on New Year’s Eve except for one thing. Why does the New Year have to start so late? More often than not, […]

Embrace the Giving

Something is happening this Christmas season that makes me sad. I don’t know how wide this phenomenon has spread, but I’m worried. More and more I hear about people opting to not give Christmas presents. Like any good and right American, I love the speech Linus gives in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I also worry […]

Take a Chance, Get Involved

The question came out of the blue. My wife and I had volunteered to help with Hanover High School’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street” five years ago because our daughter was one of the elementary school students taking part in some scenes. So we joined in as bodies for the background in lieu of […]

Little Blue Light

We all seem to live and die by our electronic devices these days. We need to make sure we charge our cell phones, our tablets and any other device that allows us to never talk to anyone because we really need to see that funny photo of a cat. When you have multiple people with […]

Settle Down

Things have already started. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. As we all try to wring the last bit of summer out of the season (even though summer technically goes on for two more weeks, but I’m willing to work with the colloquial definition here), the scourge has crept its way into conversation. People are […]

Up All Night

Sometimes, life gets in the way of some pretty important experiences. Take the recent television marathon of every episode of “The Simpsons” ever produced. I admit that I don’t have the same affinity for the legendary cartoon that some people do, but this event really caught my attention. Just because I can’t remember which season […]