I love Star Wars. From the first time seeing “A long time ago” appear in blue letters on the movie screen, I was hooked. As a kid, I collected almost every action figure and play set that Kenner toys ever made. It captivated my imagination, and I likely spent more of my childhood, at least [...]

"Hey, where's the beard?" I've been getting that question a lot lately as I show up at different events. It is usually followed by, "Why aren't you wearing a bow tie?" Fear not, citizens. The bow tie is alive and well. I wear it when I teach and on Sundays. The beard, however, is gone. [...]

PHOTO: Me and Clayton Farris, who plays "Sonny", on the "Ask J" set.  There was a time when adolescence was considered to be a moment of asking the Great Questions in life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why is there suffering in the world? In previous generations they'd ask family members, a [...]