AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE: World Marriage Day Celebrates Love That’s For Keeps

“In spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” --Alfred Lord Tennyson, from the poem “Locksley Hall”  This is a big week for the Hallmark Corporation, the florist, and your local fine dining establishment.  That’s because like Pepé Le Pew, Warner Brothers’ amorous skunk that strolls around Paris in the springtime, we’ve got our minds on *L*O*V*E*. On February 14, Americans will remember their sweethearts with candy and roses and cards, collectively spending more than $17 mil … [Read more...]

CATHARSIS THROUGH FILM: Why "The Notebook" Is the Only Film That Ever Made Me Cry

 I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough. --Duke (James Garner), “The Notebook”  I’m a pretty tough cookie when it comes to the movies.  I sit back and analyze the dialogue, deconstruct scenes and then imagine them differe … [Read more...]

SEASONS GREEDY! One Shop's Frank Message Has Me Thinkin'

Today at lunch, I strolled through the mall.  Not too many shoppers, I noted, since it’s just a few weeks from Christmas!  Maybe, in this down economy, they’re all at home baking cookies and knitting sweaters for their loved ones…. Then I saw it:  Splayed prominently across a shop window in artificial spray snow were the words ‘SEASONS GREEDY!’“Nah,” I thought.  “Surely they can’t be that ready to admit that it really is about making money!” Silly me!  For the manager at that shop, and for … [Read more...]