My Holiday Wish

This weekend many families round the world will be celebrating Christmas and after that everybody rings in the new year.

If I have one wish for the holidays it would be for all of you to take your banjos when you visit friends and family over the weekend.  Lead the party in singing Silent Night or Auld Lang Syne. Play Cripple Creek for your children or grandchildren to get them dancing and Rosin The Beau as a lullaby. Heck, I don’t care what you play. What matters is that you seize the opportunity to create memories for yourself and the people you love. So many people start playing the banjo only to freeze up when it comes time to put yourself out there.

Get out there and play!

God bless,
-Patrick

Patrick’s Favorite Family-Friendly Horror Movies

Halloween is fast approaching. A lot of you may already know that I love scary movies. Here are a few of my favorite monster movies that manage to be scary without a lot of swearing, nudity and gore.

I added the IMDB link so that parents can check out the parents guide for each movie.

The Body Snatcher (1945)
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi are mesmerizing in this Robert Louis Stevenson tale of grave robbers supplying doctors with cadavers for medical testing.


The Green Slime (1968)
Astronauts in cardboard spaceships fight slimy green monsters, but the story is actually pretty good. I love this movie!


The Thing From Another World (1951)
Space communists menace a north pole scientific outpost. This movie is a gem. The characters talk with snappy dialoge that makes you care about the people in danger.


Horror of Dracula (1958)
Christopher Lee is truly scary in this Hammer classic.


Duel (1971)
Truck driver messes with a commuter.


The Haunting (1963)
“Whose hand was I holding?”


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Stretching the family-friendly concept here with a PG-13 title, but I love this movie. It’s about the most unlikely movie monster: killer klowns from outer space.


The Uninvited (1944)
“They call them the haunted shores, these stretches of Devonshire and Cornwall and Ireland which rear up against the westward ocean. Mists gather here… and sea fog… and eerie stories…”


Happy Halloween everybody!

God bless,
-Patrick