Long and Short Reviews is celebrating its 9th anniversary. I contributed to a blog post for the anniversary celebration, a list of things I love about summer. Stop by and take a look! You can also enter to win prizes! While you’re there, read the awesome review for 2013’s The Ice Carousel! Simply put the title in the search box and it’ll pop up.
Saturday, July 16 is National Day of the American Cowboy. I used to read lots of western romances and I still love watching a classic western. When I taught college American cinema courses one of my favorite genres to discuss was The American Western. It is the oldest type of American film. The Great Train Robbery, a silent 1903 film, was the first movie to tell a story – a narrative.
The American Cowboy: A symbol of independence and individuality
Favorite western movie: The Big Country starring Gregory Peck
Favorite western romance: Outlaw Hearts by Rebecca Brandewyne
Favorite film cowboy actor: Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott (it’s a tie!)
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I’m very patriotic. I love my country. My favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. I sing the words to the Star-Spangled Banner whenever it plays. I tear up every time I read the Declaration of Independence. My favorite biography is John Adams by David McCullough. My two favorite historical books are 1776 by David McCullough and April 1865 by Jay Wink. What the United States of America accomplished during the Revolutionary War was amazing, incredible and its victory shouldn’t have happened, but it did and I’m thankful for it every day. My country is not perfect, but there is no perfection in this world, only the ongoing universal struggle for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
My Fourth of July involved a classic small-town celebration with bratwursts, a parade, music in the park and fireworks. Loved it!
I also visited the Minnesota Marine Art Museum over the holiday weekend. It’s located in Winona, Minn. Beautiful paintings, including Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. I’ve posted this before but it’s such an iconic painting I have to post it again!
Celebrating Our Nation’s Independence Every Day!
On this day in 1936, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published. Supposedly, its sales are only second to the Bible. It’s one of my favorite books. I’ve read it more times than I can count. And the movie is still my all-time favorite.
The last remaining cast member is Olivia de Havilland who played sweet Melanie Hamilton Wilkes. She celebrates her 100th birthday tomorrow, July 1.
Olivia as Melanie
Hattie McDaniel, Olivia, Vivien Leigh
…I like this quote. And it’s so very true. You do have to do this sometimes. The world wants so much, takes so much, demands so much. And you give, give, give to everyone. But it’s okay to focus on you, take time for you, reconnect with you, put you first.
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”
― Iain Thomas