The November month of gratitude continues. Grateful for…FRIENDS.


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


From Wikipedia:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic stripPeanuts by Charles M. Schulz.[1]

Halloween special, it was the third Peanuts special (and second holiday-themed special, following A Charlie Brown Christmas) to be produced and animated by Bill Melendez. It was also the first Peanuts special to use the titular pattern of a short phrase, followed by “Charlie Brown”, a pattern which would remain the norm for almost all subsequent Peanutsspecials.

Its initial broadcast took place on October 27, 1966, on CBS, preempting My Three Sons. The original sponsors were Coca-Cola, the original sponsor of A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the Dolly Madison brand of baked snack foods, which would go on to be a longtime co-sponsor of the Peanuts specials on CBS. CBS re-aired the special annually through 2000, with ABC picking up the rights beginning in 2001, where it now airs annually during the Halloween season.[2]

The program was nominated for a 1966 Emmy Award. It has been issued on home video several times, including a Remastered Deluxe Edition of the special released by Warner Home Video on September 2, 2008, with the bonus feature It’s Magic, Charlie Brown which was released in 1981.[3] To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a retrospective book was published in 2006. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic includes the entire script, never-before-seen photographs, storyboard excerpts, and interviews with the original child actors who provided the voices of the Peanuts gang.




Found some amazing fan art in my research:


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening today, May 31st, 2019 at the Disneyland Resort. I’ve been fortunate to already experience the immersive land. It’s really a unique experience that has so much to offer. While the Rise of the Resistance attraction is opening later this year, Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run opens today.

For a kid who grew up with Star Wars films and action figures, it’s really a childhood dream come true. Even these many years later there is still something to enjoy about a galaxy far far away.

The design, food, drink, characters, and story all come together in an interesting and though provoking way.

It does feel like the next step forward in theme park experiences.

Check it out when you can. You have to experience it for yourselves.

And May the Force the with you.




Take a simple concept and run with it. America’s Funniest Home Videos has been on the air since 1989 and is still going. This simple concept, of showing funny videos still makes us chuckle. In fact, with so much going on in the world it almost feels therapeutic.

Now just sit back, relax, and laugh.

The Gap – Ira Glass


This is one of the clearest expressions I have seen regarding what it is like to create something.

From Ira Glass:

Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?

A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of yearswhere they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short, it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.

And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.

And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?


iPad Pro and Apple Pencil



Just recently was given both the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. And wow. Love them both.

The iPad Pro is slim and so easy to travel with. I’ve got the keyboard that doubles as the case and pencil holder.

The Apple Pencil is totally addictive. Easy to use, take notes, draw, or just scroll. It all feels so user friendly. They are probably the best on the go tech items I’ve ever had.

Just at the very beginning of discovering what they are both capable of, but it’s been so awesome.