The Man Who Knows So Much

How do you get the best gig in show business? It’s not by being the best actor. It’s not by being the best singer of all time. It’s not by being the best looking man to walk the planet. Jimmy Fallon is a great comedic actor, he can sing just about whatever you put before him, and he’s a handsome man who knows how to wear a sharp suit. But what really sets him apart from so many is the way he shares his heart.

He debuted this week as the new host of the Tonight Show, and what a first night he had. His tear-toned pre-monologue included a gracious nod to his parents in the audience, mentions of his wife and infant daughter, thanks to his house band, The Roots, as well as his buddy and co-host, Steve Higgins. He thanked the legends who had hosted before him, and thanked the the many people who had given him the foundation for his ever-expanding career.

Jimmy Fallon knows the secret to success, and he shares it every night. He has a profound gratitude for where he is and what he has been given. He shows amazing respect and appropriate awe for his guests. He laughs at himself, and helps others do the same.

He asked of his first guest, Will Smith, advice about how to handle the pressure of his new job. Smith told him that as long as he keeps it about helping others, he would do fine. That’s it. Perhaps that is why both Smith and Fallon have enjoyed such acclaim.

Jimmy Fallon has a huge following on social media. He utilizes Twitter every week for his show, and has made the #hashtag the new black. His buddy, Justin Timberlake, often appears in skits and videos with him to create this generation’s dynamic duo.

To show how ingrained gratitude is in his life, one of Fallon’s best bits is his Friday night “Thank You Notes” routines. He takes a few moments each week to show his appreciation.


He has even compiled his collection of Thank You Notes into two volumes.


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Yes, there might be a smidgen of “who you know” and “right place at the right time” within the recipe of Fallon’s achievement, but what I see is a kind man who considers and appreciates his guests and his audience above his own ego. A man like that always seems to be in good graces with the “right” people and positioned in the “right places” at the “right times.”

Fallon is a great role model for others involved in entertainment, because he cares and serves, and doesn’t take any of it too seriously.Under his twitter account, @jimmyfallon, he offers this personal description: astrophysicist. Maybe not, but he is a man who knows his stuff. #falpals

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.

My Thank You Note

This is my favorite time of year, and perhaps the busiest. Maybe that’s why I love it. There is always an activity planned, a gift to buy, or friends to visit.

I am richly blessed, and incredibly grateful for everyone who keeps me going. I have a beautiful family, a pretty fun day job, the best friends anyone could want, a terrific church family, a talented writing network, and on and on….

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I simply want to take a minute to say THANK YOU to my readers, too. I may not have the opportunity to meet you all face to face, but your support means the world to me. Without you, I could never enjoy my dream job.

Besides writing this blog, I have one children’s book published, four more coming soon, a Historical Christian novel in the last stages of editing, and a suspense trilogy in progress. As soon as I have them available, you all will be the first to know!


As my way to thank you, I would like to give away a  few books. To be eligible, just leave a comment for me ON THIS POST, telling me the name of your favorite holiday or seasonal movie. (These can be Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anything, really—if you can give me a good explanation.) This will serve two purposes. I will draw names from the comments on this post over the next three months, and send the winners a free copy of my book, POCKETS. Also, the  holiday movie mentioned most will be the subject of one  or more of my holiday blogs!

***Official Rules for Eligibility: 1- You must be a resident of the United States, with a valid mailing address. 2- You must leave a comment on THIS blog post. 3- Your comment must include the title of a holiday/ seasonal movie that carries a G, PG, or PG-13 rating, or equivalent if a classic. (No R, X, or NC-17, please.) 4- Comments may not include profanity, spam, or anything that I deem inappropriate for my site. Only approved comments will be eligible for the drawing. 5- Members of my own family are not eligible. 6- Once your name is drawn, any additional comments made by the same person will be ineligible for this contest. One winner per household, per contest.

I will draw the first name on October 6 or when I have 10 comments, whichever comes first. I will draw 2 more names on October 20, from all remaining comments. If your name is drawn, I will contact you by responding to your comment. It will be your responsibility to contact me by email and provide a valid mailing address. I will ship the book within 5 business days of the drawing. This offer expires on October 20, 2013 at 10 PM, Central time.

Winners will receive 1 (one) free copy of POCKETS, by Kimberly Black. No substitutions of prizes of any kind. The book will be autographed by both myself and the illustrator, Sean Black. I will include a personalized message at winners’ request.

Please feel free to share this little contest with friends and family, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever you like! Remember, the first ten comments have the best chance to win!

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema, Thanks for reading!