The Break: Andor Postponed? Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder, Visiting Bagshot Row

Season 2 of Star Wars: Andor may be postponed to 2025, but this could actually be a good thing for Star Wars in general. I explain why Star Wars could benefit from an ‘Advent approach’ to its tentpole productions. I give my spoiler-free impressions of Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder and share some metaphysical ponderings about the ‘edge of creation’. And did you know that you can now visit the inside of Bagshot Row, Sam and Rosie’s Hobbit Hole, on the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand?

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An Advent Mindset for Your Best Year Ever

Are you aware of how often you limit yourself by allowing a negative mindset to determine your path?

Michael Hyatt’s book ‘Your Best Year Ever – A 5-step plan to achieving your most important goals’ invited me to let go of fear and to step outside of my comfort zone with confidence.

In this episode of The Walk, I share how the time of Advent encourages us to follow the Virgin Mary in her faith that God will provide and that our ‘yes’ to the next step is all it takes to help realize God’s plan with us.

In the premium version of the podcast for my patrons, I share how I applied this insight when I decided to embark on an exciting trip very soon!

The Break: Doctor Who: The Star Beast Spoiler-free Review | Star Wars in 2024 | Return to Moria | Squid Game: The Challenge

What did you think of the Doctor’s return in the first 60th anniversary special? I share my spoiler-free review of “The Star Beast”! Also in this episode of my podcast The Break:

  • Why 2024 is going to be a BIG year for Star Wars fans
  • Tolkien’s lore in the upcoming Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria videogame
  • The anime series Shangri-la Frontier and the new Squid Games Reality show on Netflix

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The Walk: The Joy of Learning As An Adult

If you are like me, you may not reserve much time in your busy life for learning or studying new things. Isn’t learning something you did in school when you were young? Haven’t we got more important things to do now that we are adults? However, this past year, I have rediscovered the power and the joy of studying new topics. In this episode of The Walk, I share with you how I became a student again, and how adult learning has enriched my life.

During the extra mile that I record for my patrons, I share some behind the scenes information about my work and about some of the projects that I am preparing for the winter months.

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The Break: 60 Years of Doctor Who; Dave Filoni and the Future of Star Wars; Rings of Power Season 2; more Vinland Saga Thoughts

This year’s Thanksgiving Day also marks the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who. I look back on how this science fiction series impacted my youth and why the Doctor keeps inspiring me.

I also talk about the big interview about the future of Star Wars in Vanity Fair with Dave Filoni, Rosario Dawson and other people involved in the franchise.

I discuss the cancellation of the TV series based on Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Shadow and Bones‘ saga and I look at what we know about Rings of Power Season 2.

I also talk about more fascinating historical events in the Anime series ‘Vinland Saga‘.

In the premium version of the show for my patrons, I share what I learned about certain ADHD quirks I experience, I discuss what may be the ultimate ‘killer app’ for the Apple Vision Pro headset and I do a dramatic reading of scenes from the Lord of the Rings and A New Hope if they had been written and directed by Michael Bay.

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The Walk: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do With Your Talents

In this episode of The Walk I share my thoughts on how to interpret the story Jesus tells his disciples about what to do with talents. How correct is the most common interpretation of that story?

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The Break: Is Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie shelved? Deep Space Nine’s enduring relevancy; Fullmetal Alchemist’s surprising depth

What do we know about Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie? I react to a recent interview with the busy writer/director. Also, I review two of my favorite episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine so far with an unexpected relevancy for our times. And I explain how an anime series called Fullmetal Alchemist addresses surprisingly deep philosophical and theological themes.

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The Walk: How To Finish What You Start

Are you the kind of person who always works on one project at the time until it is completed, or is your life a collection of laundry that still needs to be folded, a DYI project that stays half-completed, drawers and cupboards full of stuff you really need to sort out one day and more unfinished business? In this episode of The Walk, I talk about the one thing Yoda wants his apprentices to do: finish what they begin.

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The Break: Can Kevin Feige Save Star Wars? Andy Serkis Reads The Silmarillion; Vinland Saga and History

With both Marvel and Star Wars franchises at a turning point, will MCU’s mastermind Kevin Feige take over and save Star Wars? Or is something else necessary to safeguard the future of these storytelling universes? Plus, why you should read the audiobook of the Silmarillion read by Andy Serkis. And how historically correct is the story of Vinland Saga? Some surprising moments in the anime series point at deeper layers of the story.

Psychology in Star Trek: my review of the book “Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier” by Paul Boehmer and Natasha Soudek. Affliate link: https://amzn.to/3ssvZAk

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The Walk: How PokΓ©mon Sleep helps me catch more ZZZs

Do you have trouble keeping a steady sleeping schedule? Or do you need some extra motivation to get out of the door for a walk every day? In this episode of The Walk, I share how gamification helps me improve certain aspects of my life by attaching small rewards to certain actions I’m trying to turn into habits.

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The Break: Loki Season 2, Star Wars: The Acolyte, The War of the Rohirrim and Vinland Saga

Season 2 of Marvel’s Loki has one major quality that makes it relatable even if you can’t follow all the multiverse stuff going on; Star Wars: The Acolyte looks very promising; The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim expands Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth presence; Vinland Saga continues to surprise me.

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The Walk: Household Hacks for Busy People

How do you combine a busy work schedule with household chores and with decluttering goals without going crazy? In this episode of The Walk, I share with you what I’ve learned this past week and how some new approaches help me keep my sanity.

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The Break: Zombie Night Troopers and Force Ghosts

What is the difference between the Zombie Night Troopers in Star Wars Ahsoka and Rey’s return from the dead in The Rise of Skywalker? In this special ‘All Hallows’ episode of The Break, I talk about the Afterlife in Star Wars, in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and in a couple of scary Anime series.

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The Walk: Squirrels and ADHD

In this episode of The Walk, I talk about my often hyperactive mind and about what may be causing this.

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The Break: 20 Years Since the Return of the King

In this episode of the Break, I discuss the rumored Star Wars: Kylo Ren movie, I talk about the Lord of the Rings trilogy being completed 20 years ago, I review two more anime series (Bleach and Shangri-La Frontier) and I talk about the turbulent history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Walk: What To Do When The News Overwhelms You

In this episode of The Walk, I discuss what you can do when world events on the news overwhelm you.

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The Break: Is It Time To Reboot Star Wars?

In this episode of The Break, I discuss English Film director Matthew Vaughn’s proposal to reboot the original Skywalker Saga, I share the 5 Anime series I’m currently watching and I explore the book that may have inspired the Loki television series!

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The Walk: The Point of Pointlessness

Often we strive to be as productive as possible, to meet the expectations of others and of ourselves. However, we can greatly benefit from doing pointless things from time to time. In this episode of The Walk, I explain how.

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The Break: Why Star Wars – Ahsoka Tells a Pivotal Story

In this episode of The Break, I give you my spoiler-free impressions of the first season of Star Wars: Ahsoka!

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Gospel for Geeks: Saruman, the Ents and the Parable of the Tenants

How can the conflict between Saruman and the Ents help us understand Jesus’ Parable of the Tenants? I explain the Bible Readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time in the newest episode of the ‘Gospel for Geeks’ podcast.

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