Fun in the Fifth Dimension: My Twilight Zone Funko Pop! Figure Designs

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If you haven’t heard of Funko Pop! figures, then perhaps you’ve been living under a rock. The popular Funko brand has a variety of toy lines, but without question, the 3.75″ Funko Pop! vinyl figures are the company’s bread and butter.

They’ve been around since 2010, but in the last year or so, Funko Pop! vinyls have exploded in popularity, becoming to 2016 what Beanie Babies were to 1997.

Their stylized huge-head-on-a-tiny-body design isn’t for everyone. Even I wasn’t crazy about the look at first. But their mass appeal comes from one simple fact: No matter what you like in the world of popular culture, there’s probably a Funko figure for you to buy.

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My small collection of Funkos… soon to be enlarged with Negan and the Hot Topic exclusive Belle with Birds!

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Love One Another

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You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

~ Matthew 5:43-48 Continue reading

Gallery Feature: Feathered Fauna “Baltimore Oriole”

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From the time I was old enough to understand what a paint brush was for, I loved the work of Glen Loates. This famous Canadian wildlife painter has a talent for creating animals that are so lifelike you can almost touch them, and yet, his work still manages to retain that “painted” feel.

My favourite pieces were always the ones devoid of backgrounds. There’s something so striking about a beautifully rendered bird, moose or beaver depicted with just enough flora to ground the painting — without burying it in a shallow, two-dimensional grave.

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Glen Loates

As a kid pouring over my Glen Loates books, I thought, “I wish I could paint like that.” Continue reading

The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon Schedule

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So 2017 has officially started! While ushering in the new year is always exciting, equally exciting is saying goodbye to the previous year.

Many people like to go out and celebrate New Year’s Eve, toasting friends and family with champagne, fireworks and midnight kisses. But there are some of us who say ‘no’ to the obligatory year-end parties and champagne so that we can hole up for a couple of days and binge watch episode after episode of “The Twilight Zone”. Continue reading

Find Hope & Peace In Jesus

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As Spring brings forth the promise of new life, so January 1st sets the stage for new hopes, dreams, promises and beginnings. A new year is a time for letting go of the trials and tribulations of yesterday and focusing on where you want to be tomorrow.

To all of my friends and followers, may the Lord bless you in 2017. When life seems too much to bear, remember the verses below. With God, all things are possible. And if you put your trust in Jesus, He’ll never leave you.

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Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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1966: A 50 Year Retrospective

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There’s no denying it: 2016 has been a rough one. The celebrity death-count is on a seemingly non-stop roll. Prince, Alan Thicke, David Bowie, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leonard Cohen, Pete Burns, Gene Wilder, Anton Yelchin, Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, Muhammad Ali, Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, and most recently George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. And don’t even get me started on the election where people might as well have been asked to choose between Stalin and Hitler.

Yes, the world is waiting with bated breath for the clock to chime midnight on New Year’s Eve, hopeful that ushering in a new year will somehow put an end to the insanity.

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So as we prepare to say goodbye to the horror that was 2016, I want to take a few moments to celebrate the one thing this year was good for: It marked the 50th anniversary of 1966.

1966 was a great year, especially for TV. And 50 years is a true milestone. So wow, where do I even begin? Continue reading

All I Want For Christmas: 1992 & 1993 Sears Wish Book Edition

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Even when I was a kid, Christmas was my favourite time of year. But I got into the Christmas spirit long before November rolled around and we were able to start hauling boxes of decorations down from the closet. For me, the true kick-off to Christmas began in mid-September — when the annual Sears Christmas Wish Book was released.

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I knew I’d have to wait until the middle of the month, but as soon as the August calendar page was gone, the anticipation began to build. Every day, I opened the mailbox with baited breath, absolutely itching to get my hands on the new catalogue. Continue reading

I Can Tell You What Christmas Is All About, Charlie Brown

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“I think there must be something wrong with me. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy.” 

Just what is the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown?

In 1965, that’s the age-old question that Peanut’s creator Charles M. Schulz set out to answer.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered December 9, 1965 at 7:30 pm on CBS. For 51 years, this heartwarming holiday special has captured the imagination of children and adults alike. A Christmas-viewing is a tradition in many homes, and for good reason — it’s good, wholesome entertainment for the whole family, and shines a big ol’ light on the true meaning of Christmas. Continue reading

O, Holy Night

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Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

~ Isaiah 7:14

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Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

~ Matthew 1:23 Continue reading