First Steps into Narnia

One of things I enjoy most about being a father is sharing the stories that mean so much to me with my children because they come to mean even more when I’m able to pass them on.

We took our first steps as a family into the world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew and are currently about a third of the way through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian in between of course).


“In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street … “

It’s a dream fulfilled to enjoy these stories with them and hear them ask for one more page before bed.

Narnia and the North!

We began The Magician’s Nephew on March 9, 2015



The not-so Diabolical Box

Originally posted at GameSpot on September 1, 2010

Well, it happened again.

I don’t know how she does it, but my wife has a way of finding out every surprise I have.

Case in point – Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. The day before I was planning on giving it to her she found it! Either I have to find better hiding places, or she’s just that good. She’s probably just that good.

I gave it to her on February 22nd of this year and she had it beat by March 11th. I haven’t even finished the first Layton, and she took this one down no problem.

She said this one had a good story, although easier in difficulty than the first. She also said part of the reason for that may be a few Sherlock Holmes stories she read during the time – got her brain in the problem-solving mood.

Whatever the reason, Luke and the good Professor have solved another baffling case.

Post tenbras lux

Excellence at chess is one mark of a scheming mind

Originally posted at GameSpot on May 15, 2008

According to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes quote above, I am definitely not a schemer – note the word “excellence” in the title…

My wife bought me Chessmaster: The Art of Learning as a surprise yesterday, and I thought I’d celebrate here with some…well…chess talk!

My dad taught me to play when I was younger, and he routinely mopped the floor with me. What did I learn from all those beat downs? I learned that you didn’t have to win at something for it to be fun – although I readily admit it’s more fun.

I do enjoy the game, and I wish more people I knew felt the same way. But that’s why I love Chessmaster – there’s always someone there to crush me!

 Post tenebras lux