Monthly Archives: August 2011

Safety First


Now that the MLK Memorial has survived two natural disasters, I am hopeful that people from all walks of life will make their way to visit the site.

Although I like many others had the unveiling on my calendar for close to a year, public safety had to be considered. Leave it to Martin to cause such a stir…


Such Audacity


We have a long way to go, still…

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Civil Rights, Education, Family, Health, Politics, Race





Make Me Wanna Holler

Those ole inner city blues just won’t leave us! As true today as it ever was…

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Family, Music, Politics, Race, Reflection


The Outside Should Reflect What’s Inside


The tobacco companies are now suing the government for the cigarette packaging mandates. Seriously? Their products kill people…

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Health



I recently watched Disney’s Secretariat, again. I was very annoyed that the cable guide describes this movie as “Naive woman oversees ailing father’s horse-racing stables and fights adveristy.” Webster defines naive as the state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical. The movie’s main character, Helen “Penny” (Chenery) Tweedy, is anything but.

Based on a true story, Secretariat begins in 1969 when a college-educated housewife of four is called home due to the death of her mothers; her father was already suffering from senility or perhaps Alzheimer’s. Raised on a horse-breeding farm, Tweedy stays to settle up her family’s affairs but finds that the farm needs stabilizing in order to sell at a decent price, which is her siblings’ wish. However, unlike her brother (and sister), Penny had some interest in breeding from indirect tutelage of their father and was willing to research and learn. At her husband’s dismay, she stays on a bit longer. Secretariat goes on to be the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 25 years. Today, his record times have not been beaten.

Her sheer business acumen, independence and intuitive knowledge was remarkable. The syndication deal that she brokered was genius. She also served as a great role model for women, especially her own teenaged daughters. Today horse racing is an elite sport of men so you can only imagine what it was then. Of course Disney glosses over much of this to make it family-friendly. We see subleties such as her being referred to as “Missy,” being ignorant of business matters and needing to return to her place in the home. 

Critics complained that it focused too much on Tweedy and not enough on the horse- that didn’t bother me. As with all movies adapted from real life, there are omissions, additions and interpretations made. However, the real-life Tweedy was pleased. Many people overlooked this movie because they assumed it was a Disney feel-good, fluffy movie that kids would enjoy… it is, and much more.

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Family, Girls, Movies, women


Open House

There will be a Central Park open house on August 24. Attendees can view several properties dating back to the 19th century. Welcome to the Seneca Village excavation. Seneca Village was settled in the 1820s by a majority of African Americans and some Irish. The excavation is headed by New York professors who gained permission from the City almost two months ago to begin diggingafterten years of research.

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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Education, Family, History, Race


We will only kneel before God!

President’s Assad’s violence in Syria is shameful, especially during Ramadan. 

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Posted by on August 14, 2011 in Civil Rights, Family, Politics





Some builders are now including snore rooms as options in new home builds. For the snoring spouse, opposite work schedules (or garden variety spat), significant others no longer have to make the trek to the couch downstairs.

The “dual owner suite” is located off of the master bedroom and connected by a bathroom. It also has an entrance from the hallway. Snore rooms are being targeted for older couples and empty-nesters who have frequent company in guestrooms, but I know many younger folks with which this would be a hit!

This could actually save some relationships. Snoring was always a dealbreaker.

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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in Family, Health, Relationships


Keeping Up With The Joneses


In the midst of the country’s “bad credit”, a continuing recession and a majority preoccupied with materialism, a movie like The Joneses is perfect.

The premise: a marketing firm, Lifetime Industries, represents clients and markets their products and services. The catch: the firm hires actors who are grouped as “families” and live as such. They portray the perfect, beautiful neighbors and are placed across the globe in enviable homes, to consume and therefore increase the demand for said products.

The “boss” of this particular family (Demi Moore) is seasoned at the company and recruits her new “husband” who has to learn the biz and boost his sales. They have two children and all are paid very well. Each family member is able to go online and track individual sales numbers and percentage growth. A supervisor also checks in to brief them on the next big thing (clothing, cars, travel services, food, jewelry).

My daughter caught a piece of it and asked if it was true- if firms really hire and place “families.” I told her no, but then again, who knows…

This is an intriguing movie and raises many questions about consumerism, family dynamics, ethics, priorities and materialism. If nothing else, it is original.

Check it out if you get the chance.

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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Family, Movies

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