I first want to state that I fully believe that America, and this great holiday in particular, are meant to be celebrated outdoors. Not necessarily in those ridiculous looking American flag shorts you bought online a few years ago to “stand out” and then dug through your closet to find late last night to wear again today after partaking in that case of Sam Adams… but who am I to judge? You just do whatever that bald eagle that lives within your heart tells you to do.
However, if you’re a movie junkie you can always find a way to make time to squeeze in a movie viewing or two. Maybe you can even choose to treat yo self and extend your celebration of America a few more days. In any case, what I wanted to do this year is create a list of movies that you should consider watching to celebrate America in all of it’s glory this weekend.
There are lots of great viewing options that I’m sure you’ve watched over and over to celebrate the Fourth of July (Independence Day, Rocky/Rocky IV, The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, etc.), but I wanted to propose some other options for you of films that really embody America to me. These films celebrate the American Spirit and from my perspective are underseen and underappreciated these days. I know how much you wholeheartedly love that President Whitmore speech, and it probably still occasionally gives you goosebumps like the rest of us, but maybe just this year consider viewing just that two minute clip and then investing that other two and a half hours in a new story that might just make you love America even more?
I’ll just leave this list here and let you and that bald eagle sort through those feelings. Read more
Two years ago, I revealed to the world I had a sad, secret love affair with Taylor Swift and her music. It was a difficult moment for me, as I had publicly bad-mouthed the pop star for years. “I mean, can she really sing?” I would question. “And she always seems really annoying at awards shows and interviews. Honestly, I don’t think she deserves half the trophies she’s received, either.” Read more
Today we’re posting this “Letter to the Editor” that we received this morning from someone whose identity shall remain anonymous. He’s a veteran and currently a police officer in the city of Memphis. In light of the recent tragedy in South Carolina he just had a few words he wanted to share with our audience. Because we strive for this website to serve as a platform for people to share varying thoughts and opinions we are honored to pass his words along. What follows is his letter… Read more
Wise Guise Warriors… I’m back! A lot has been happening in the world since I last posted. I got lots of questions about all sorts of topics in addition to many things I’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t had time. So, without further ado, here’s a Monday Morning Mailbag to cover most of the topics you wanted to hear about, most of the topics I wanted to write about, and some.
Jeff from Jefferson City, MO: Have you seen Jurassic World yet? How do you rank it compared to other modern-day summer blockbusters in addition to the original three Jurassic Park films?
Disclaimer: I watched the show immediately after my favorite hockey team suffered a brutal loss. All comments and analogies will most likely reflect how upset I was at the time. I’m still upset, for what it’s worth. But hey, you know the old saying – it’s better to let a sporting event ruin your day/week/month than to put it in perspective with the grand scheme of life! On top of that, halfway through writing this recap I knocked over a 24oz tumbler of coffee off of my desk and directly into my workbag. So just keep that in mind when you feel like I may have crossed the line.
(Am I the only person in America who TiVo’d the Bachelorette to watch after the Stanley Cup Final?)
(Am I the only person on earth still saying TiVo when referring to any television recording? I don’t know why I do that – I never even owned an actual TiVo.)
Let’s get to it…
This past Monday I felt an emptiness in my life. I knew it had nothing to do with my work or my personal life or not pursuing my dreams or anything like that, so I googled “the bachelorette 2015 start date,” and to my delight I found that it starts this coming Monday, May 18th!
The natural next step was to look for the bios. I had a cold sweat when I thought that I missed the bio release, but then when looking on ABC’s page I couldn’t find any bios except for Britt, Kaitlyn, and author of The Perfect Letter, Chris Harrison.