Stars, Stripes and Pride

Reference: people anticipate the Fourth of July, they look forward to certain traditions.  Time off from work, firework displays, drinking with friends, spending time on the lakes…..essentially concerning themselves with elements that culminate into creating a memorable day.  However, few people take the time to realize the significance that this day brings to our lives.  It is a day to recognize the sacrifice that thousands have made to maintain our freedom as a country that was achieved on this day, so very many years ago.  Rather than thinking about all of the exciting and fun-filled activities ahead of us in the upcoming days, let’s take a moment to remember why this day is important.  Consider what is truly means to be a country that prizes freedom over all else.  Remember those who have fought and given their lives to preserve this country’s freedom.  Pride yourself on all the values that being an American truly embodies.  Don’t lose sight of the history and true meaning behind this monumental day.  To further this point, here is a wonderful poem I came across by Roger Robicheau titled, Americans in Strength.  Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day everyone!!!

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The Best Comedies Come with Unexpected Titles


When people hear that I love classic movies, they ask me what my favorite film of all time is.  For anyone who is a classic cinema lover, you know that it is not a simple question.  A person’s mind begins to reel as they recount which movies have left a lasting impression on them.  One then must mull over which genre they must pick from in addition to a specific era.  Movies that existed from a pre-code era are drastically different that films created in the 1940s.  Even when I have it limited to a specific genre, I always end up having a top three or five.  It is impossible for me to pick one quintessential BEST film.  One pattern I have come across is that lesser known films can be the greatest gems.  Everyone has heard of the film Some Like it Hot, but few have heard of We’re No Angels (1955) and It All Came True (two incredibly well-done comedies).  Therefore, I am going to talk about some of my personal favorite classic comedies of all time.

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