The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You

Yep, Mike knows what dead people want to tell you. He's so sure he wrote 240 pages to tell you about it. How does he know? His answer "I just do". It's mostly a book about New Age thinking and is very similar to The Secret. There's a general theme of "thoughts become things" and "you are what you think". More aggravating than thought-provoking in my view.

My favorite line is, "Like yours, the body of the earth is the portal through which “her” spirit emerges with intention, purpose, and desire.” But really, there's just too many crazy lines to pick just one.

The Martian

The Martian (film) directed by Ridley Scott, based on the book by Andy Weir.

This sci-fi film is just plain fantastic. The story moves at a consistent pace that keeps the viewers' attention. The science is highly accurate, teaching the audience a bit about botany, space travel, Mars, and NASA. Apparently Weir was able to ask insiders at NASA to get the details right. 

The idea of pushing the frontier off earth's surface to our neighboring planet is exhilarating. Too long the US space program has been about unmanned missions. The last time humans have been to the moon is 1972! In this story, the US is in the middle of the third mission to Mars with a crew of five when a storm causes the team to abort. One astronaut is struck in the storm on the way to the exit shuttle and is thought to be dead. Only he's not and left alone on the red planet.

The movie's message is so satisfying: The way to solve a major problem is to solve a bunch of little problems one at a time. When things are overwhelming, break it up into smaller pieces. Take on each issue with your full attention. This is a great message for Millennial Generation, particularly known for short attention spans and giving up easily (so I hear from current high school teachers).

Great message, nice action, accurate science details, and stunning visuals. A current favorite of mine. Well done!





Microcosms (film) directed by Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou

Gorgeous documentary about the spectacular unseen micro world in a seemingly normal looking French meadow. Using revolutionary camera technology, artfully showcase the tiny world of insects. From this perspective the views are amazing and the detail is astonishing. And the music is amazing.

A film that adults can stand to watch with their kids, in fact even find more enjoyable than their kids.

At the launch of this post, this documentary is available on Netflix.

The Gruffalo/The Gruffalo's Child/Room on the Room

The Gruffalo (film) directed by Max Lang & Jakob Schuh

The Gruffalo's Child (film) directed by Johannes Weiland & Uwe Heidschotter

Room on the Broom (film) directed by Max Lang & Jan Lachauer

Beautifully executed short films about a half hour long. These films are based on the books of the same names by Julia Donaldson. The narrator and characters speak in British accents in soothing and predictable rhyme which give a polite and interesting cadence. The animation is stunning and appears almost like wood carvings. And finally the music is gorgeous.

These are films that adults can stand to watch with their kids. That's a good thing because my kids love to watch these over and over and over again, sometimes back-to-back.

At the launch of this post, these films are available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who are Scared to Use the the Potty

The title says it all. I found this one in my local library and couldn't stop laughing. The Amazon comments should be funnier but are actually serious.

My favorite line is, "I'm scared to let the poop out."

Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!

Hilarious book found at my local library in the kiddie section. A quirky book full of wacky imagery to teach children to be careful where they place dangerous objects when it comes to their bodies.

My favorite is "No bacon in your ears...even though it's tempting."