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Originally an IMAX feature at Smithsonian, National Parks Adventure was a breathtaking bit of joy to be found on Netflix. Narrated by the great Robert Redford, this short film takes you from Yellowstone to Chaco Canyon, from Hawaii to Niagara, on a breathtaking tour of some of America's most picturesque national parks.

From the opening aerial shots set to the strains of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, this film will hold you spellbound and leave you planning a road trip around the wonders of our nation's protected lands.

Check it out - you'll be awed and amazed.

National Parks Adventure - Narrated by Robert Redford - Official IMAX Trailer - 4K - YouTube
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One of the things I did during my long recuperation is watch a lot of Netflix. I was looking for yoga programs because my physical therapist had recommended yoga to combat my muscle spasticity issues and hopefully to give me further insight into pain management.

What I found was the story of a man recovering from a devastating injury through yoga, and a fascinating journey through the lens of his camera that taught me far more about humanity than yoga. This was one beautiful trip.

ON YOGA The Architecture of Peace - Trailer - YouTube


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Well, I did it. I survived my first week back at the day job.

All in all, it went pretty well. I chose an easy week - most of the office was away for the holiday, and with July 4th falling on Wednesday, I got a bonus day off in the middle of the week. It turns out that was insanely helpful.

Monday went by quickly, and was mostly spent visiting with coworkers and catching up, weeding through 4 months of emails ( they numbered in the thousands), and just trying to re-acclimate. I did a lot of walking around our office complex, and even made myself take the stairs a few times just because I felt like I could. I got home Monday night, sat down on the couch, and the tired hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized I may have overdone it a little, and dragged myself upstairs to bed at eight o’clock.

Tuesday I was a little more tired, but still managing well. I got home from work, sat down on the couch and couldn't get up again. I slept through my evening medications, and woke up at 2 a.m. wracked with pain. I dragged myself up to bed, very grateful that I had the day off on Wednesday.
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That's right! Today I'll be dialing back the muscle relaxers and sliding into a cubicle - just another forward step to getting my life back. Do I feel 100% ready? Hell no, but it's time. It's not going to be easy, but my employer and my coworkers are all terrific and working to support me through the transition back to working life. 

I'm excited. I'm scared. But I'm back.

Baby steps.
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It's Friday! Not that it means much to me sitting on my couch every day, but this particular Friday is my last couch potato Friday since I return to my day job on Monday. I'm nervous, but it's time. I need the rest of my life back.

So let's have some Friday fun and check out this assortment of bar signs, shall we?

Good Question.


Science!


Drink healthy.

They've got you covered.


Truth in advertising.


There are always alternatives.



Just sayin' . . .


Brrrrrr.

Public Service Announcement




THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK, FOLKS.HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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I simply adore James Corden and his Carpool Karaoke series. The musical theatre girl in me just eats that stuff up. And it's not just because of the great music or getting to see some of my favorite artists in a more casual setting. A lot of the joy in that series comes from watching how much fun James Corden has doing it.

And that brings me to his latest installation: Paul McCartney. To say this is epic would be an understatement I'm sure that James Corden will be remembering this all the way to his death bed. It hit me pretty hard as well, but for my own reasons.
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For those of you who don't follow my author blog or Instagram account, I had a major announcement today. Major for me, anyway, and on more than one level.



Yep, that's yours truly, sitting on an author panel at San Diego Comic-Con next month. Attending Comic-Con has been a bucket list item for me for ages. Just the attending. Never in my wildest dreams would I have pictured myself on an author panel there when I first started writing. Hell, I was just hoping to get published someday. 

So yea, big, big deal for me.Me, the recovering stroke patient.

I spoke with my physical therapist and my doctor before I ever agreed to take this on, and they both think I can do it, as long as I pace myself. My physical therapist has me training like I'm in a marathon. This is going to be a challenge, but a great one, I think.

No guts, no glory, right?

This is big. And I am ready for big, which is, well, big.

See you in San Diego!
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Ahhh, fathers. They're strong and supportive and find innovative ways of parenting that keep moms shaking their heads in the background. We love their dorky clothes and corny dad jokes. Father's Day is almost upon us, so lets check out some guys who've really got the Dad thang goin' on.

First, they begin at Dad Training Camp . . .




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I'm still home and off work for a while, so I've got time (and plenty of crazy friends who share odd stuff) so you get to sift through this collection of wildly wrong stuff. Let's begin!

Lookin' sexy!



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Over the weekend, someone in a Facebook group I belong to posted a link to an article with helpful tips to keep you from accidentally leaving your baby in a hot car. It suggested putting your laptop bag, purse, or cellphone in the backseat so that you're forced to open the back door and look in the back seat.

Unfortunately, the poster added this comment: "What kind of idiot leaves their kid in the car?"

"A drug addict, probably," added another commenter.

"If you have to put your cellphone in the backseat to keep from forgetting your child, you've got major problems," another chimed in.
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