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Month: August 2018

Movie Bars: Money Never Sleeps

Movie Bars: Money Never Sleeps

In the 1987 film Wall Street, we actually start out liking Charlie Sheen’s Bud Fox very much. He’s young, handsome, and idealistic, and he seems in over his head in a world that is accurately portrayed in the movie as cutthroat and alarmingly fast-paced. In the first of the movie’s two pivotal bar scenes, Bud meets with his father Carl, played by Martin Sheen, at the Owl Tavern, a roadside bar near the airport where Carl is a union leader for the maintenance workers at Bluestar Airlines. It’s your standard blue

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Friday Musings: Ritual

Friday Musings: Ritual

When I was very young and I didn’t feel well, my mom would make tea for me. It was just regular black tea, Lipton or Tetley most likely, in my favorite mug, with sugar and milk. There would be saltine crackers, sometimes with butter (that may sound weird) or Ritz crackers served on the side. No matter what it was that was ailing me, I would instantly feel better. Try as I might, I was never able to duplicate this perfectly amazing cup of tea on my own, so our little ritual continued long after I’d grown into an

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Movie Bars: Fashionably Passionate

Movie Bars: Fashionably Passionate

If you’ve seen the movie The Devil Wears Prada you may be trying to remember when the bar scene happens in the film. It’s okay, you’re not going crazy, it’s super quick and Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) doesn’t even have a drink in it. Yet it’s that critical moment when she meets Christian Thompson (Simon Baker) at the St. Regis in NYC and chooses to accept the Harry Potter manuscript from him, placing herself firmly in his debt. The question of choice comes up a lot for Andy and her answer throughout the

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Friday Musings: Joyful Measures

Friday Musings: Joyful Measures

Back in February I wrote a post about working through painful situations and how much we learn and gain from the process. This was certainly not an original idea on my part since there are a multitude of self-help books that are dedicated entirely to the subject, and I must receive at least three emails a week that also focus on it specifically. The fact that pain is a powerful teacher is something that most of us have experienced firsthand at one time or another. It certainly does help us to see our own limitations,

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Music and Cocktails: One Last Chance to Make It Real

Music and Cocktails: One Last Chance to Make It Real

When Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run¬†was released, I was just beginning my freshman year of high school. I can remember listening to “Thunder Road” for the very first time and thinking “Who IS this guy??” I went on to fall in love with the entire album, and with Bruce himself, claiming him as my own along with all my friends, even though we were from South Jersey and not North, but it’s because that’s exactly what Bruce does. He unifies people in a way that few other artists can, and continues to tap into

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