Category Archives: commentary

Few Are They More In Need Of Advocacy Than Those Wrongly Imprisoned

We all have our causes, right?  We all have something we think to be the most (or among the most) important issues we face.  The wrongful conviction, mass incarceration, and general criminal justice reform issues that plague this country and this generation are at the forefront of my social consciousness. Criminal justice reform is one of the most important issues… Read more »

To Share the Action and Passion of Our Time

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I’ve been reading a history of the Supreme Court and this quote I came across has really stuck with me. Life is action and passion.  I think it is required of a man that he should share the action and passion of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.  – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.  (Justice of… Read more »

Our Criminal Justice System Makes Mistakes (Too Often)

I no longer can support the State with the power of life and death when wrongful conviction case after wrongful conviction case have shown just how often the justice system gets it wrong. I’m voting to end the Death Penalty in my state.  Here’s more explanation. Personally, I’m not opposed to the death penalty per se, philosophically or religiously.  I’m… Read more »

I’m Voting YES to End the Death Penalty in California (After Years of Supporting It)

“As of October 2015, we have executed over 1,414 individuals in this country since 1976. 156 individuals have been exonerated from death row – that is, found to be innocent and released – since 1973.  In other words, for every 10 people who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., one person has been set… Read more »

Wrongful Convictions on Instagram

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We’ve started a new Instagram profile that focuses on raising awareness on the issue of wrongful convictions.  You can find and follow here: Wrongful Convictions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wrongful_convictions/ In addition to this new Instagram page, we wanted to share with you some of the podcasts we’ve been listening to lately.  These are truly excellent podcasts and have provided hours of… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 7 | The Two Towers! – Opening Ideas, Discussion

Tezi and I recently uploaded our seventh in a series of Lord of the Rings discussion videos as we continue our reading together of Tolkien’s masterpiece.  Having finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring, we are now reading The Two Towers, the second volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this book talk we discuss a number of… Read more »

Journey To Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray | Discussion & Review!

What follows are the notes I made for myself prior to filming the video.  I hope you find them helpful/interesting.  It’s usually best just to watch the video.  🙂 What I liked: Going through all the original episode’s from a different perspective, namely the perspective of two star-crossed friends and lovers: Ciena Ree, and Thane Kyrell. Getting some back-story on… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 6 | We Finished Fellowship! | M.E. Music & More!

Well… we finished the first volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring!  In this sixth installment of book talks we discuss Gimli’s assertion that Galadriel is the most beautiful creature in Middle Earth, the central role of music and songs in Tolkien’s writing and how that’s lost on the film goers.  In addition, I… Read more »

Lord of the Rings Book Talk 5 | The Elven Rings of Power & Frodo’s Vision!

Tezi & I just finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring!, the first volume of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. We here discuss some fun topics from the end-sections of the Fellowship and we hope that you enjoy listening in. We’d love for you to join our conversation here! Please feel free to comment and add your own input!… Read more »

How NOT to Use a Knife! | Road Trip Blade FAIL

Sometimes … I’m just an idiot. You know those times in life where you “do it wrong”?  Well, here’s such a time for me that happened on a recent road trip to the Sierra Nevadas. Needless to say I’m very grateful that the accident wasn’t worse than it was.  I’m thankful it didn’t cut deeper, or cut anything off.  It… Read more »