All-year long we get wrapped up in our day-to-day lives.  Let's just take a moment on this day of the year to remember just how much God loves us.

I found heard a song today called "Beautiful Scandalous Night" performed by Leigh Nash and Bebo Norman.  I'd love to share the lyrics with you but I can't don't own the album and can't get in touch with the lyricist just yet.  But you can buy or sample the song on Amazon.  I do however have a poem of my own to share with you.

A Greater Love Than Mine

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I have always said it before,
And I believed it was true
That my love of God was more
Than it could be for you

I looked at your dark green eyes
My faith revealed as a lie

I held you once and couldn't
And if God asked I wouldn't

I could not would not give you away
I'd give my life so you could stay

The way a father loves his son
From when his life is just begun

Only the strongest could let him go
Someone who loved another so

A greater love than mine

Now, God searched all through the land
And found a man and his wife
He called the man Abraham
Blessed her with a newborn life

But, laughter soon became a cry
When God told him the child must die

"Love me more than all others
Even Sarah the boy's own mother"

Because this love and faith had he
He children would always be free

The way a father loves his son
From when his life is just begun

Only the strongest could let him go
Someone who loved his Lord God so

A greater love than mine

The promise was fulfilled
That God made long ago
He ransomed Israel
With His Son that He loved so

I'm sure he wept upon the cross
For all of His children, helplessly lost

There must be a sacrifice
Only His blood could pay the price

And so He died to set us free
His Son He gave, for love of me

The way the Father Loved His Son
From when all time had just begun

Only the strongest could let him go
The Lord above who loved me so

A greater love than mine

And so He died to set us free
His Son He gave, for love of me

A greater love than mine

 
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Every night, he sits patiently in the window
Every evening, she stands by the door

I pet him while I am putting my things away
I let her out to answer nature’s call

Dinnertime comes and he sits at my elbow
She lies on the floor arms crossed like a princess

He swishes his tail over my plate and I shoo him away
She begs for leftovers though I have not fed her scraps in years

Mama says, “Daddy is an awful tyrant, you know he won’t feed you”
Papa says, “The vet doesn’t think they are a healthy weight.”

“Bad Cat!” he scratches me as I give him his medicine or comb his tangled mane
“Bad Dog!” she has drooled all over the floor waiting for a taste of the lizard behind the glass

It is time for bed and he prances upstairs making himself comfortable on the bed
Time for bed, she scratches on the door to go out and then follows up the stairs

“Must you follow me everywhere?” Papa says as he wraps around my legs while I am shaving
“Everyone out,” Mama hollers. It is time to sleep now.

Morning comes and he is sitting outside the bedroom door
The dawn is breaking as she stretches and yawns and moves out of my way

Another day, Mama and Papa gone for another thirteen hours

He sits patiently in the window
She stands by the door

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I don't know how well this will go over but since I am already adding more poetry to the site I thought I would supply a video as well.  The video was only two minutes so the version is slightly abbreviated.   I hope you enjoy it.
The Artist Valley
By Wakefield Mahon

Artist's Valley

I sit upon a windy cliff
My loved one standing nigh.
Before me, I see a rainbow expanse,
A river of color flows by.

Verdant is the valley and vivid
A masterpiece of Almighty hands
Foliage of every size and form
Scattered across the land

A river reflects the radiant scene
Rushing over hills
The stream keeps flowing to the end of the earth
Where over it gently spills

Cool is the wind against my cheek
The sun drops of warmth rain down
My soul is elevated more to sense
The eagles flight around

The eagle in her majesty
Gracefully makes her way
Not fluttering as a common bird
But soaring to a point then away

Slowly, sweetly,
The sages perfume comes to me

Soon I see what I am
I gaze at the clouds in their awesome expanse

I experience the presence of His awesome being
I see myself
I am but a speck of dust in eternity

Again, the one I love comes
Her soul with the warmth of the sun
Her eyes like the sea
She is a blessing to me
And my sorrowful state comes undone

Even the beauty of a raindrop on a petal
And the warmth of the sun which can burn
Even the might of this awesome spectacle
Approaches not her love for me and mine in return

She smiles at me for she loves my art
Forever she will stay the love of my heart
For my mortal days with her are bliss
Our mortal love we shall seal with a kiss

Verdant is the valley and vivid
A masterpiece of Almighty hands
Foliage of every size and form
Scattered across the land

Before me, I see a rainbow expanse,
A river of color flows by.
Content, I sit upon a windy cliff
With the one I love standing nigh.
 
Peter Morgan’s “Hereafter,” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, is a storyteller’s story.  It asks one of the major questions: What happens when we die?  Best of all, while it give you a glimpse, it does not try to answer the question for you.

In this fascinating story, three very different storylines converge into one against the backdrop of real-life tragedies.  A French news reporter nearly drowns in the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia a few years ago.  A young boy in London loses his twin brother.  A young man has the gift or curse as he sees it, to communicate with the departed simply by touching a friend or relative of the person who passed. 

The story flirts with bringing the storyline together in predictable ways, but it is eventually the reporter’s obsession with her near death experience, the young boy’s inability to let go of his older brother and the young man’s desire to escape the obsession that other’s have with his power that draw the three characters together.

The Bourne series’ Matt Damon brings the role to life in a believable and emotional performance.  Rising star Cécile De France’s performance is absorbing enough for you to forget that a third of the movie is in French with subtitles.

Hereafter is rated PG13 for disturbing disaster and accident scenes and some language.  Put your younger kids down for a nap, but your older children should be able to enjoy this movie with you and it is a good conversation starter for your families beliefs on the question of what happens when we die.

 
Rather, she is displaying signs of multiple personality disorder.  I intended to use Fridays to write and I have been… songs.  I suppose this is not a news flash.  I have written hundreds of songs over the last thirty years, but now I find myself quartered between novel-writing, music video production, software development and oh yeah, my real life.  I have decided to expand this site to include my music and slowly I am adding music videos.  When I find the time and money, I will actually produce original videos for my newest songs.

I have had a number of requests for more poetry so I will be editing and adding a few more of my favorite poems to the site.  The peer review is still ongoing, but so far, the feedback has been positive.  I just may put off self-publication a few more months and try the agent route again.

For those of you who have not seen it yet, my newest video on YouTube is Battle Cry, originally titled victory, after the poem of the same name.

So, while I’m busy with Cybil, my muse, Please enjoy the following video and the accompanying poem.  And remember, keep writing my friends!

Victory

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"Victory!" was the battle cry
Of the Lord and His angel brigade
As they marched over earth on the rapture's day
In a brilliant chromatic parade

II
The Lord's day had come
Like light through the trees
Like the snow
On Autumn's bright colored leaves

'Twas the day of the Lord
As He lifted His sword
And all of our lives
Would now be restored

The angel of Truth
Was the first to arrive
With his light
He revealed every lie

The angel of Light
Burst forth like a flame
Shedding light
On the evil of men

Then the high became low
When the angel had shown
What the earth's masses
Should have known

The angel of Love
On hearts writing words
Came to claim
All those owned by the Lord

Yet, the angel was dismayed
When God's grace had been displayed
Many people with stubborn hearts
Decided still to stay

III
Then Michael appeared
Without any fear

He drew out His sword
In the name of the Lord

Sound out the call
We'll defeat one and all
Satan will fall

The dragon then rose
To challenge his foes

He gave it his best
Put their hearts to the test

The battle raged on
Until it was dawn
And the earth was gone

IV

Soon came the dawn of a beautiful morn
Then Gabriel lifted his celestial horn
The sweetest song since the Son was born

The song it sounds so sweet to me
An end had come to history
Except for the Lord and His victory
 
It wasn't easy deciding on a movie to showcase for the weekend review.  I watched three very different movies that addressed the nature of good versus evil.  Each one was quite good in its own way so here they are:
 Tron Legacy was a fun Disney ride with all of the flash and dazzle you would expect from the long awaited sequel.  Jeff Bridges does a passable turn as both Kevin Flynn the creator of Tron and CLU his now fascist avatar.  Olivia Wilde is gorgeous and a good pick for Quorra the mysterious companion of The elder Flynn.  The movie, like many Disney vehicles is steeped in allegory to the point where you want to say, "Enough already, I get it."  Still the movie is enjoyable and relatively safe family fare.  Tron: Legacy is rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language
Let Me In probably had the most emotional impact on me.  This is one of the best vampire movies that has been produced since "Interview with the Vampire". In fact, if you enjoyed the original Le Fanu's Carmilla, then I think you will appreciate the relationship between a boy, Owen (played by the relatively unknown Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a 12 year-old vampire girl named Abbey (played by Chloe Moretz who you might remember from her previous roles Angie Steadman in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the voice of Penny in Bolt and my favorite role Mindy Macready/HitGirl in the dark comic based movie Kick-***).     This isn't one of those "Oh I'm a good vampire, I only eat rabbits" kind of movies.  This movie is extremely dark. And while it leaves out many of the details of John Ajvide Lindqvist's orginal novel which would have garnered an NC-17 rating, it still presents the story of bullying,  of murderous devotion and  revulsion mixed with attraction.  What truly makes the movie disturbing however is the faithful recollection of childhood in the 1980s and the incredible screen chemistry between the two actors.  You honestly don't know who or what to root for.  "Let Me In" is Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality it is not at all suitable for younger children.
Finally there is Stone.  A movie in which the title character (played by Edward Norton) is attempting to make parole after serving most of his sentence for arson.  He enlist the services of his wife Lucetta (played by Milla Jovovich) to coerce the parole officer by any means necessary.  The parole officer Jack Mabry (played by Robert De Niro) is nearing retirement as a straight-laced by the book lawman.  The primary theme of the movie is religion and spiritual awareness and both Norton and Di Niro deliver effective performances.  While Jack Mabry finds himself sinking deeper into darkness, Stone finds an enlightment of sorts.  The surprise performance however was Frances Conroy as Jack Mabry's wife.  Her remarkable performance as a forbearing woman of strong religious conviction provides an anchor in a chaotic storm of story.  "Stone" is Rated R for pervasive language, strong violence and strong sexual content.  This is another movie to watch without the children.
Well that's it for Weekend Review.  Be sure to check back next week to see what's new on DVD.  Drop me a line if you would like me to review a specific movie.
 
I watched five very interesting movies this weekend.   While I'm decided which one(s) to review for the Weekend Review I've created a tribute video for my friends out in the West Texas town of El Paso.  I hope you enjoy it.
Keep writing my friends!
 
Anyone who knows me well knows that focus is not my strong point.  As much as I love writing, my first love was lyric poetry and music.  About ten years ago, I released an album, Shattered Heart and sold a few hundred copies.  I’m thinking about releasing again, I’d would appreciate your input.  I built the album in my home studio.  Do you think any of them are radio-ready, or do I need to take all of them to a professional studio?

Please, take a moment to check out the Shattered Heart album

 
Watching the comedic thriller the tourist, I couldn't help but wonder if the script was written with this cast in mind.   Angelina Jolie plays the sexy and mysterious Elise.  While her performance is less physical than recent movies like Salt and Wanted, her mere presence on the screen brings a certain electricity to the movie.  Paul Bettany stars as an Interpol Detective who is completely obsessed with catching Elise's lover, a man who communicates only in carefully placed messages.  Of course, the star of this action vehicle is Johnny Depp as the hapless math teacher from the Midwest dragged along by a case of mistaken identity.  The elasticity of his expressions and the energy of his comedic physicality is sure to delight the fans of Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean.  But, like so many of his unusual roles, Depp's character is anything but one-dimensional.
The appearance of Rufus Sewell in the latter part of the movie quickly brings to mind the Heath Ledger film A Knight's Tale.  This is not missed by the films creators as  Paul Bettany drops a ingenious nod to the film with a  line about money held in a bank account in Lichtenstein.  Timothy Dalton's cameo is a delightful boost to the cloak and dagger feel of the movie.
There are enough double-crosses and surprises in this action adventure to keep you on your toes the whole movie.  If you haven't picked up this gem on DVD, I'd highly recommend you give it a spin.
 
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In the story "International Intrigue" by Wakefield Mahon a crew of astronauts on a lonely space station are dying one by one.

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