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Happy Monday!

Now that we are firmly in 2014 with 2013 in the rear view mirror, we can focus our attention on what we want to accomplish in this new year. There will be new goals, new aspirations, new dreams and hopefully (for those looking) new love.

Yet, there are perhaps a couple past traditions that will be welcomed back with open arms and a nice glass of wine or sherry…

Last night was the first time in more than a month that a particular show returned to its weekly reruns on the Hallmark Channel for what appears to be another year of exceptionally witty dialogue, fancy tastes, heartache, love and countless laugh-out-loud moments.

Ladies and gentleman, the moment has come once again to serve those tossed salads and scrambled eggs!

Hey Baby, I Hear that Jimmy’s Daily Planet is Wishing You a Happy Monday…Mercy!

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Uncle Phil’s Final Curtain Call

Sadly, actor James Avery did not get to ring in 2014.

For those who may not be familiar with the name James Avery, he may be known not only as the former voice of Shredder and Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series from the late 1980s and early 1990s, but more famously remembered as Uncle Phil from the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

According to the Washington Post article, “James Avery, television and movie actor, dies,” Avery passed away at the age of 68 on Tuesday, December 31st. The cause seems to be related to complications from a major surgical procedure.

Millions of fans from around the world watched (and watch in reruns) Avery entertainingly portray Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for 6 seasons. His character was the moral center of the show. He provided plenty of laughs and moments of sincerity and heart, as well as important life lessons for the show’s viewers.

For 30 minutes a week, he was everybody’s uncle.

Below is a clip featuring some favorite moments from the popular sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. There is one portion that starts at 3:26 that embodies so much of what so many loved and will miss about everybody’s Uncle Phil (however, it is recommended to watch the entire video).

The background to the scene is that Will went against his uncle’s stern warnings to not go to the pool hall. Will disobeyed and thought he could beat an older gentleman who turned out to be one of the pool hall regulars. Deep in debt, Will was forced to use his uncle’s Mercedes/his ride as collateral until his debt could be paid. Panicked, Will managed to convince his furious uncle to go back to the pool hall to discuss with the hustler a way to get the car back alongside his trusty butler Geoffrey/”G.”

Uncle Phil has lost a couple games to Will’s nemesis…and badly. However, Uncle Phil is able to negotiate one more game at the steep price of $100 a ball…

Smart. Loving. Funny. Role Model. A Hustler for Good.

Now, the “Big Guy” is with The Big Guy.

Rest in peace James Avery/Uncle Phil.

Happy Monday!

Waking up every Monday morning can feel like, well, a battle.

When those alarm sounds blare from our nightstand, it’s never a happy occasion. It’s just not how these mornings are designed. Despite the fact that once we get past the third go-around of our alarm and that tonight is the start of the new television season for some great shows both old and new, it still feels like a war to get going.

Yeah, definitely war. But remember, it’s not whether or not the alarm will ring, but it’s how we react that makes all the difference…

Happy Monday! What is it good for? Absolutely everything, watch it again!

P.S. I wonder if they sell this as a ringtone/alarm tone!?

“Independence Day” Heard ‘Round the Universe

Tomorrow is July 4th. Tomorrow is the day the people of The United States of America will actively celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence.

Today, however, is when the American people will once again get mid-Summer chills from arguably The Greatest 4th of July Speech ever given. The time has arrived for Bill Pullman, I mean President Thomas J. Whitmore, to inspire us all about freedom and our Independence Day!

This is the Presidential speech Americans will be tuning into today and tomorrow.