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.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 Continue reading

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

Your Next Stop: The 5 Best Episodes of The Twilight Zone

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When we discuss Twilight Zone episodes, we’re usually talking about our favourites — “The Howling Man”. Or the most famous — “Time Enough At Last”. Or the worst — “Hocus-Pocus and Frisby”. But recently I was watching “The Obsolete Man” (an episode that didn’t even make my Top 25 list) and it got me thinking: What are the best episodes of The Twilight Zone? Continue reading

Lest We Forget

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Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote the famous “In Flanders Fields” poem in May 1915, less than a year into the brutal four-year First World War

On November 11th, Armistice Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. A moment of silence at 11 a.m. commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918. In Canada, we now refer to it as Remembrance Day, but regardless of what you want to call it, its meaning remains the same. Continue reading

In God We Trust

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If I were a voting American, on Tuesday I’d “spoil” my ballot with “Truth and Love, Jesus is His name”. Today’s verses are for any of you who are feeling anxious or afraid about the impending election (or anything else, for that matter). Always remember the One who is watching over us.

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

~ Psalm 18:28

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Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

~ Proverbs 19:21 Continue reading

“The Hilarious House of Frightenstein”: The Beginning of My Monster Obsession

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“Another lovely day begins, for ghosts and ghouls with greenish skin. So close your eyes and you will find that you’ve arrived in Frightenstein. Perhaps the Count will find a way to make his monster work to-day. For if he solves this monster-mania, he can return to Transylvania! So welcome where the sun won’t shine, to the castle of Count Frightenstein!”

As we get older, we inevitably start wondering where our love of certain things comes from. We ponder what could have influenced us in the early days of childhood. Every October, I shift into full on horror-mode, both here on the blog and on Twitter. And at some point, I asked myself the question, “Why are you such a fan of horror? Where did that come from? When did it start?”

As it so happens, I actually know the answer to all of those questions. Here, I’ll show you.

That, my friends, is of course the great Vincent Price. And this is the intro to a little-known Canadian children’s sketch comedy program called “The Hilarious House of Frightenstein”. And I’m quite certain that this is where my love of all things creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky came from. (Also my adoration of Vincent Price, obviously!) Continue reading

It’s 50 Years of the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

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Who doesn’t love a good animated holiday special? Surely the most beloved cartoon holiday special of all time is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, with “A Garfield Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” running up a close second and third (not necessarily in that order).

But today marks the 50th anniversary of the Peanuts Halloween special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

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The cartoon premiered at CBS on Thursday, October 27, 1966, and has since become an annual holiday tradition for many people, both young and old. Whether you saw it the night it first aired, or if you’re a second/third generation fan, no one is immune to the magic of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang. Continue reading