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Perhaps you’re already in the Tower you seek.

 

                                       A scene from The Legend of Vysallimore.

Perhaps you’re gazing at a place, a Tower, where you feel that life would be better. But perhaps you’re already in the Tower that offers you the most. Don’t always look over the fence at potentially greener grass.  The grass beneath your feet may be the lushest, greenest and most rewarding. And it’s there for you now. This Christmas, please count your Bessings.

December 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

Promises. Promises.

The illustration is from the chapter in The Legend of Vysallimore called: The Promise.

It represents a son’s promise to his father.

A promise is spoken trust, respect and personal character. Breaking a promise is an act of self destruction. As we move towards a New Year and New Year’s Resolutions, what promises will you be making and promising to keep?

December 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

The final page of The Legend of Vysallimore.

On the final page, you will find this verse: “The Red tower is still standing. But where the old Inn stood, There’s now a Holy Chapel, Whose name means triple good.”

That Holy Chapel does really exist. There’s a picture of it here. Triple good refers to its full name. The chapel is now called “The Chapel of the Thrice Blessed Virgin Mary.” Pope John Paul the Second has visited this sacred place.

November 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

My son called his father: “Abusive.”

In the movie called: “Feast of Love”,  Oscar calls his on-screen father “abusive” and “a drunk.” Oscar was played Toby Hemingway, my son. It was very strange sitting in the theater hearing one’s son say how much his hated his  father, albeit on-screen! And while I’m pretty sure neither criticism could be aimed at me, his real life father, it was still definitely an eerie moment. It made me wonder if us fathers ever sit down with our chidren and ask to hear criticism. Ask to hear what we could improve to be better fathers. I’m sure this would lead to even closer relationships. I’m going to do this today.     

November 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Message to parents. Please send this Dove Real Beauty short film to your daughters this Thanksgiving week.

I’ve been with a team that has made many great and famous Dove Real Beauty films. This one is my favorite. Dove Amy. You can find it on Youtube too. It always brings tears.
Over 50% of teen girls who stay at home to be on their computer are in fact hiding. Hiding because their body image and self confidence is low.
Please, this week, tell them are beautiful. Please send them Dove Amy.

November 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Hemingway. What’s in a name?

I often get asked if I’m related to Ernest Hemingway as we have the same last name. The answer is no. Unfortunately. But what’s in a name anyway? In The Legend of Vysallimore, the Knight’s two children are called CorEvan and Sulleva. CorEvan is named after my 5 year old son who used to called himself CorEvan because he heard his own words saying: “I’m called Evan.” Hence he thought he was Cor-Evan. Sullivan is my 7 year old son. Sulleva is the Knight’s daughter. Will this gender swtch be a problem one day? I do hope not. After all, what’s in a name anyway?

November 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

The Red Tower from The Legend of Vysallimore, and The Red Tower in real life!

The first verse of the chapter called ” The Maiden” is the first time the reader learns of The Red Tower. The Red Tower for real stands above the Polish city of Koszalin.

November 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm 2 comments

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