Throwback Thursday- Television Edition -Friends (1994-2004)

The 20’s are a very interesting time in our lives. We are adults, but brand new to the adult world. There is often a lot of growth, maturity and heartache in these years.

The classic 90’s sitcom, Friends, is about six friends who live in a Manhattan apartment.

Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is the suburban princess. Monica (Courteney Cox) is the type A chef. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is the quirky musician/masseuse who is smarter than she looks. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is the wannabe soap actor. Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) is the sarcastic one of the group. Ross (David Schwimmer) is  Monica’s older brother and a paleontologist.

This sitcom still has a major fan base for a reason. There s something universal about being in the early adulthood stages and the growth that leads us to the next stage of our lives.

I recommend it.


Rachel Dolezal, The Charleston Shooting And Race in America

Any student of American history can tell you the issue of race relations is not an easy one. Fraught with generations of tension, mistrust and prejudice, a topic such as this is bound to inflate emotions and tempers.  While we can say with some certainty that we, as a nation are better than we were,  we still have a long way to go.

The controversy surrounding former Spokane, Washington NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal reveals how far we have come.  Upon first impression, Ms. Dolezal appears to be a light skinned African-American woman. Last week, her parents outed her as a Caucasian woman. What the reaction reveals is that we, as a nation, have come very far. While I am sure that there are many within the African-American community who are angry at Ms. Dolezal for pretending to speak for them, what is interesting is the general reaction. Many, regardless of race, are angry simply because she lied. Frankly, I don’t blame them. For a white woman, posing as a black woman and accusing another of bias because of race is just as poisonous when a rape victim admits that they were not raped. How can we believe an accusation of bias based on race when we others have fudged the facts in previous accusations?

There was another shooting in America today. The accused is a young man of Caucasian descent. The victims are African-American, all active members of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sadly, this is not the first, nor has it been the last time that African-Americans have been targeted because of their skin color. What is even worse is that the victims were murdered in a house of worship, which should be a safe haven from such acts. But sadly, not even in G-d’s house are people safe from such heinous acts.

The reaction to Ms. Dolezal reveals how far we have come. The shooting in South Carolina reveals how far we have to go.

Throwback Thursday- George of the Jungle (1997)

For every serious story, there is the perfect parody. For Tarzan, that is George of the Jungle (1997).

Based on the 1967 animated series, the movie stars Brendan Fraser as the dopey, not all there Tarzan wannabe and Leslie Mann as Ursula Stanhope. George’s parents were killed in a plane crash as it traveled over the jungle. He was discovered by and raised by the wise Ape (voiced by John Cleese). As an adult, George meets Ursula when she is part of a safari. They form a relationship and Ursula takes him back to the United States to meet her family. Ursula and George together in the jungle is easy. Ursula and George in the states with her trying not to be judgmental parents, is not easy. Will their relationship work  or will their differences tear them apart?

The movie, like the television show does not require a lot of brain cells. George is not the sharpest nail in the tool box. But it is a fun movie and sometimes, I don’t, at least, don’t want to think. I just want to enjoy the movie.

I recommend it.

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