Honoring the International Day of Peace

In honor of the International Day of Peace on September 21st, my friends Alice and Richard Matzkin asked me to share this short heartfelt video with my friends. In these times of violence, hate, and imminent threat of war it is important to spread the message that we each have the capacity to cultivate peace within ourself and our loved ones.  Like a candle flame that is passed on from person to person, that peace can expand out and light the entire world. The video, narrated by author Richard Matzkin, is the Afterward from Richard's dual award-winning book, LOVING PROMISES: The Master Class For Creating Magnificent Relationship. The original music is composed by Grammy Award winning composer/pianist Roger Kellaway. "Peace in the world will not happen by force and decree. It will happen one heart, one mind, one person at a time. That person is you." This is the message of this short visual poem about personal responsibility for planetary peace. If this powerful truth has touched y … [Read more...]

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Time Capsule – have you ever buried one?

"Time Capsule," a short film starring and written by my son Ben Sharples, is very loosely based on a true story. Ben and a young friend buried a time capsule as kids. In the film shown below two long-lost friends reunite to dig up a time capsule they buried as kids, only to find that the house where it is located now is occupied by psychotic, dangerous meth heads. Time Capsule premiered at the Festival Regards sur le Cinéma du Monde in Rouen, France last year, then screened at the HollyShorts Film Festival. It was directed by Ben's childhood friend Clint Gardner, who also worked with Ben in writing the script.   Ben’s bio: Ben Sharples is an American actor known for his role as Jack Hafey, best friend of Brad and Pia Martin (Ryan Kwanten and Amy Smart), in the Takashi Shimizu horror movie 7500 (2014). He played real estate mogul Stephen in the underground romantic comedy hit film X's & O's (2007), reported by the New York Times to be downloaded over 150,000 times … [Read more...]

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