Ireland is one of my favorite places. Good people, good spirits, good craic. On our last visit, Aaron and I spent four days on Inis Meáin, an Irish-speaking island on the west coast, where I took a whole a lot of pictures and thought I’d share some of them in honor of St. Patrick’s day.

It’s a very happy Friday for me because I just accepted a new job (for the next five months or so) working on a Bravo reality TV show.

I am just so happy, I thought I would share some feel-goodery with this short piece I did a few weeks ago as part of the Storytelling Parade filmmaking contest. Watching Anna makes me want to love people more easily, and I am so grateful she was willing to let me follow her around for a day. Hopefully, you agree.

Oh, hey. Look at that. I’m still making videos and stuff, and this one is going to be good. Can’t wait to share it with everyone soon.

Life Itself. If you were thinking about releasing a documentary in 2014, don’t even bother. Life Itself is a lock for everyone’s favorite doc this year and pretty much has been since its Sundance premiere. And why shouldn’t it be? This Roger Ebert biography is heartfelt and a little heartbreaking, but mostly it’s a charming tribute to everyone’s favorite pop culture philosopher.

Listening to LC Cooke. I’m really enjoying the newly released LC Cooke record The Complete SAR Records Recordings. It’s good and not just a-good-substitute-for-Sam-Cooke good but honest-to-goodness-to goodness-can-stand-on-its-own-two-feet good. I strongly recommend “Put Me Down Easy” on repeat. (Photo by Marianne LoMonaco)

Loving the SF Comedy Scene. I spent a lot of time at open mics over the last couple of months. Maybe that’s because I’ve been working on a short doc about a Bosnian American comic who lives in a van. Maybe. But comics in San Francisco are some seriously big hearted, funny people. You can and should find them here, here, and here.

Looking forward to being free. Little known fact: A few weeks ago, I resigned from my full-time job with a company I’ve worked at for nearly ten years. It was spontaneous and irresponsible and probably the kindest thing I’ve ever done for myself. During the last couple of weeks, I’ve waffled between feeling certain this is the best decision I could ever have made and believing I’d made a terrible mistake. I guess only time will tell, but as of August 11th, I will be a free agent, maybe even a freelancer, hopefully not a freeloader. (Photo by Photo by Nicki Varkevisser)

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