Cool Quote Writing

Rod Serling on Ideas

I have always loved the Twilight Zone.  Rod Serling is a television writing icon.  This morning, I read this article from Brain Pickings.  I love new ideas.  Be it in television, books, marketing campaigns, whatever.  I like the fact that he says it all in 1:05.  Great inspiration for the day.

“Ideas come from the Earth. They come from every human experience that you’ve either witnessed or have heard about, translated into your brain in your own sense of dialogue, in your own language form. Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. Ideas are probably in the air, like little tiny items of ozone. That’s the easiest thing on earth, to come up with an idea.  The second thing is, the harding thing on earth is to put it down.”

Media Writing

Ken Burns on Storytelling

When I was in college, the Ken Burns baseball series was on PBS.  My best friend’s mom recorded every episode for us on VHS.  Being the big baseball fan that I am, I have watched it several times.

I love a good story.  Stories are what bring us closer.  We share in ups and downs and can be moved, shocked or disgusted at the ending.  There are bad stories and great stories.  In this short video, Ken Burns talks about the art of telling stories.  Enjoy.
Danville Writing

Wayne Crawford Remembered

Dr. Wayne Crawford

I’m sure that everyone has at least one teacher they can point their finger to and say, “He (or she) was my favorite teacher.”  For me, Wayne Crawford was that guy.  When Mr. Crawford (no disrespect to his “Dr.” designation, you will always be Mr. Crawford to me) passed away this year, I asked District 118 Superintendent , Mark Denman if they were going to do a write up of Mr. Crawford in an upcoming issue of the Maroon & White EXTRA.  He told me that they were just starting to put it together.  I asked if I could write it.

As the very last editor to serve under Mr. Crawford, I felt that it was only fitting, and the least that I could do, to honor him.  I want to thank all the past students of his that contributed to the article.  I know that it’s a small slice of the students that he influenced.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  The link to the article is below, its in a pdf format.

Mr Crawford MW article



I'm humbled, thank you.

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Thanks again for the encouragement, it has been welcomed and it’s greatly appreciated.


Clean up of

Hey, everyone. I was having technical difficulties with my website and had to take it down to fix it. I restored my previous posts and realized how little I update this. It’s sad.

We are back up and running now and have made the commitment to write more on it. I was inspired this weekend by a friend from high school who is religious about writing on her blog. So, thanks, Brigid.

Excuses are like….
I like to call myself a writer. If being a writer is writing one paragraph and storing it in your hard drive, than, brother, I’m a writer. I like to make excuse after excuse as to why I don’t write more: “I need to make my blog look perfect. I need to set up my office so that I can write with no distractions. I will wait until Truce goes to bed. I need to wake up in the mornings, that’s why I don’t write then. I need…I need…I need.

Well, I’m writing this post with the football game on (Giants are winning) and Truce is right next to me. As, I put things back together, I made a list of posts so that I have some ideas ready to go. No more excuses.

Why Writing?
I have always fancied (did I just use the word fancied) myself a creative guy. Quick-wittedness has always been my strong suit. I have never played an instrument, I can’t paint, or draw. So, that leaves writing. That leaves the question; How do I turn my smart-mouth into written word? The answer is by dedicating myself to doing it. It’s like anything you want, you have to commit yourself and work at it. I’m going to give my writing career new life by committing to it.

More to come…..