Documentary Review: I Just Didn’t Do It

Is your team suffering from group think – each member having the same ideas? Are you prepared to stand up fro what you believe it? Do you “cave in” and compromise your values under pressure? These are the thoughts I was having while watching I Just Didn’t Do It, a Japanese courtroom drama. The acting was brilliant and the film was very good but I was distressed at the end, mainly because I know what happened in the film actually happens in real life. The film is about a chronic problem of sexual harassment on the trains, but the language they use in I Just Didn’t Do It is groping, indecent exposure and so on. The film starts on a crowded … [Read more...]

Review: Who the Hell is Pansy O’Hara – The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the Best-Loved Books

I'm sure that you have read books and wondered what inspired the author to write them. Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara: The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the Best-Loved Books by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy provides context for 50 books. Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy present profiles and the lives lived by the 50 authors included in their book,  and you are transported into their lives and get a better sense of where they are coming from. The whole process began as a discussion over dinner, when the question was asked, "What is the special ingredient that creates a truly spectacular piece of literature or a work with enduring appeal?" They … [Read more...]

Review of the Documentary Mr. Mergler’s Gift

In September we'll go back to the regular schedule. I have conducted several interviews that I am scheduling for September 2010 and you'll enjoy them. Four years ago I attended a film festival and saw Mr. Mergler's Gift. It was the first time that I reviewed a film. I re-read the review and felt warmed by it so I thought that I'd share it with you. Whatever your vocation be, do you do it with passion? Do you put your heart into it? Enjoy the review below. This month I decided to review a 30-minute film instead of a book because I found it moving. This story is about a student and her piano teacher. Set in Montreal, Canada, the film … [Read more...]

Genghis Khan: Seven Lessons from a Tyrant

Genghis Khan, Founder and Emperor of the Mongol Empire, in his sixty five years (1162 - 1227) on earth committed a lot of atrocities. It's believed that at the time of his death in 1227, "he had been responsible for the death of around 20 million people, around one-tenth of the population of the known world at the time." In a life filled with savagery and brutality, there is much to learn from Khan, even if it is what not to do. I hesitated before I purchased 100 Tyrants: History's Most Evil Despots & Dictators (citations in this post are from this book) by Nigel Cawthorne because I didn't want to pollute my mind. That was a bit … [Read more...]

“Say Yes to Life,” A Book Review of Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is a personal account of Frankl's experience in a concentration camp and a psychoanalytic look at the suffering that took place there. This is a heart rending book and it must have taken a great deal of effort and control for him to emotionally distance himself from his suffering to objectively relate and analyze the events that transpired during the years he "lived" in the concentration camps. The goal of Man's Search for Meaning  by Viktor Frankl is to "try to answer the question: How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?" I think that as an … [Read more...]