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I was reminded this week of how important it is to surround yourself with loved ones.
A true loved one is someone who builds you up, holds you accountable, believes the best in you, makes strides to understand the worst in you and someone that accepts and respects your dreams and aspirations for what they are; the most important thing to you. These individuals will speak with you on a deep level because they know you are complex and the intricacies of your being are what distinguish your humanity and your heart.

So, to all my loved ones: thank you for really knowing and loving me.

Now, onto the other good stuff:

FLICKS: Election

High School government teacher, Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off / The Producers), is doing his best to teach his students about ethical practices and morals especially as it relates to their student government association (SGA). As the SGA election is underway, he puts together a plan to somewhat gently knock the highly ambitious star student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line / Wild) from her pedestal. The more Jim gets involved in the lives of his students, the more complicated his life gets.

Alexander Payne, the same director responsible for Sideways, had his hand in Election. This makes sense when you examine the main characters’ inverted stereotypes. The jock is kind and soft spoken while the brainy chick is seductive and ferocious. The film has a bleak sense of humor that keeps you laughing and also cringing at the characters’ unfortunate circumstances.

I highly recommend this film and since it is on Netflix currently, you really have no excuse not to watch it. So, go, go!

TUNES: “The Ballad of Love and Hate” by the Avett Brothers

The bluegrass brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, along with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwan make up the folk rock super band the Avett Brothers.
They came together in North Carolina in the early 2000’s.
“The Ballad of Love and Hate” comes from their 2007 album “Emotionalism,” which was single-handedly responsible for their national success.
The song suggests a strong relationship between love and hate which accurately juxtaposes the two rather prevalent emotions in a well-lived life.


In case you missed it, his shirt says “the snuggle is real.”
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Until next week, cheers!


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