• Book Review: Revival, by Stephen King (2014)

    Book Review: Revival, by Stephen King (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel Getting the payoff right in a horror story is hard. I remember watching monster flicks as a kid and tense anticipation building as I waited to see the creature, ultimately only to be let down: “Aw, […]

     
  • Movie Review: Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    Movie Review: Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    by Alan F. Zundel I time-traveled last Thursday evening thanks to the University of Oregon’s Department of Romance Languages. They arranged a free showing of the award-winning 1988 Italian film, “Cinema Paradiso,” at the Bijou Arts Theater. “Cinema Paradiso,” written […]

     
  • Draft Opening of My New Novel

    I have begun to adapt my screenplay, “Hold Only Good Memories,” into a novel. Here is the latest draft of the opening chapter. You feedback is welcome! Chapter 1 Having rarely had a reason to leave his home state of […]

     
  • Movie Review: The Age of Adaline (2015)

    Movie Review: The Age of Adaline (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Age of Adaline” is movie with a serious theme and an intriguing premise. It is the story of a woman who is afraid to love because she is afraid of loss, wrapped in a fantasy […]

     
  • Movie Review: “Still Alice” (2014)

    Movie Review: “Still Alice” (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel Based on the novel of the same name, “Still Alice” is a moving family drama about a fifty-year old woman struggling with the rapid progression of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The emotional heart of the drama rests […]

     
  • Book Review: “Still Alice” (2007)

    Book Review: “Still Alice” (2007)

    by Alan F. Zundel I avoided reading this book for a long time. Several years, I think, although I don’t really remember. No dementia jokes, please. My sister sent me the novel and highly recommended it as a look inside […]

     
  • A New Plot Twist in My Writing Career

    by Alan F. Zundel I’ve been away from this blog for a couple weeks, as I spent a week out of town for my son’s wedding and had some things to catch up on when I got back. The hiatus […]

     
  • Shifting Power Back to the People

    Shifting Power Back to the People

    by Alan F. Zundel U.S. politics has always been a tug-of-war between the power of organized money and the power of organized people. Clearly money is now winning. I am imagining a scene from that old movie, “Mighty Joe Young,” […]

     
  • Paperback version of my memoir now available!

    Paperback version of my memoir now available!

    A paperback print version of my memoir, Sunshine and Troubled Sea: How I Stumbled My Way Into Adulthood, More or Less, is now available online at the CreateSpace e-store and at Amazon.com. Sunshine and Troubled Sea is the story of […]

     
  • The Shifting Balance Between Security and Growth

    The Shifting Balance Between Security and Growth

    © 2015 Alan F. Zundel We humans have a drive for security and a drive for growth. Sometimes they work together and sometimes not. I have found that personal happiness is largely rooted in honoring the shifting inner balance between […]