GOOD BEER BUCKSHOT 2013

The creators behind Good Beer Buckshot, held for the 2nd year at Camp Wandawega, just released this short video capturing some of the moments from that weekend.  Having been an active participant, this video captures the true essence of what took place and I was honored to be part of.  Looking forward to the next event these great minds will create.  Thanks Max, Michael and all the others who made this event possible.

‘MEN OF STYLE’ BY DOCKERS: FEATURING MISTER WILLIAMS

Dockers ‘Men of Style’ featured Northeast Ohio’s own Michael Williams, co-foudner of Paul+Williams and creator of one of the best menswear/Americana blogs, A Continuous Lean.  Michael expresses his thought on classic styling, where he finds inspiration and what he wants to see his grandson wearing.  I cannot agree more with what he has to say and I have already started to influence my own son on how important classic styling is to a man.

ROYAL HOME MOVIES

This weekend marks the celebration of the Queen of England’s 60th year on the throne and Buckingham Palace is throwing a Diamond Jubilee in here honor.  The official festivities start June 2nd, but tonight on the BBC One we get a glimpse into the royal family’s personal life when Prince Charles shares some never before seen home movies.

Shot mostly by the queen, these movies show a different side of Queen Elizabeth and her family.  We see her playing and reading to a young Charles on a couch in Balmoral, relaxing with the family and her ever so famous Welsh Corgi’s outside on the lawn or filming her daredevil children and husband, as they jump from the dunes on a family holiday to the shore.  Throughout the documentary, Prince Charles shares his memories of the events and his mother the Queen.  It’s a great glimpse into very private lives of the royal family.

 

 

PADDLE TO THE SEA

Paddle to the Sea is a short film by Canadian Bill Mason, based on the award winning children’s book by Holling C. Holling.  Paddle is about a boy in the mountains of Ontario who one winters day, carves a canoe out of wood with a Native American figure riding in it. On the bottom of it he paints ‘Paddle to the Sea’ and adds instructions that whoever finds the boat should put Paddle back in the water.

What happens next is what makes the story so great. The boy then leaves the boat in the snow, to be taken down the hillside when the snow thaws. The thaw moves the canoe into a mountain creek which then takes it to Lake Superior, and through a course of many more rivers and lakes, eventually spits the little wooden canoe into the Atlantic Ocean.  The movie follows Paddle through all of his adventures and close-calls with only the sounds of nature and the narrators voice to accompany him along his way.  Paddle is on an adventure that any boy would want to take.

Growing up in NEO, my school district made us watch this film every year, from grade 3 to 8.  Though I had seen Paddle 8+ times, I was not until recently that I was able to view it in a different light.  When you get past the fact that Paddle is just a simple woodcarving, you start to think about and get transfixed on the struggles that Paddle has to overcome.  In one scene, Paddle is stuck in a whirlpool and the narrator wonders if he will be able to get out and move forward with his journey to the sea. For, as he points out, Paddle has no paddles and no real arms to paddle them if he did. It’s a feeling everyone has at one time or another.  Our lives are spinning out of control and we do not have the right tools or ability to overcome.  Hopefully, like Paddle, we don’t give up, we overcome those obstacles and continue our journey in life, or as Paddle did, to the sea.