Seaside Happiness Defined

Originally appeared in the Wildwood Sun by the Sea Magazine…

“If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it,” said philosopher Immanuel Hermann Fichte. But what is this thing called happy? Are special tools required? For instance, is it only possible to be happy when surrounded by salt air and soft sand? If that were true, then the path to eternal bliss must be lit by a sun-drenched sky. That being said, can one be happy when SPF 30 deficient?
Determined to get to the root of this much sought after, yet elusive quality required some assistance (do you Yahoo or Google, being an equal-opportunity happiness seeker?) Turns out, there are approximately 93,000,000 schools of thought on this upbeat topic.
What did we do before the Internet? Presumably, people walked around thinking they were happy without having all of the facts. When taking this online journey in search of the cheerful facts, one inevitably encounters such categories as The Path to Happiness as well as The Top Five Ways to Find Happiness (which strangely do not include beach buckets or boardwalk strolls). Words such as self-fulfillment and self-actualization reside within the tour of euphoria. Clearly college educated, not to mention delirious, people have given this subject a great deal of thought. Apparently, no mere mortal can pass the happiness litmus test without consulting with the Internet guys, who seem to agree that in order to be happy, it is important for everyone to be all that they can be (they’ve done some borrowing from the army). Sunblock and sunglasses are not a requirement. However, further research (conducted off-line) does show that time spent at the shore can do just as much to up the happiness quota. After all, quality time spent by the sea is one way to live up to our potential.

Perhaps writer James Oppenheim said it best, “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
May each of your footprints be indelibly marked in sand during this happiest of seasons.



Hello, Seaside September!

Originally Appeared in the Sun by the Sea…

September sails through the remaining days of summer. Soaks up the sun. Soars among the seagulls. Takes a mini vacation. Goes sailing. Follows the lighthouse guide. Throws a barbeque. Buys school supplies. Hits the books! Finds true wisdom. Holds onto flip-flop season a little longer. Keeps endless summer days at heart. Belongs to nature. Lingers by-the-sea. Jams on the beach. Feels the shift in temperatures. Finds time for summer sales. Anticipates a multitude of colors among leaves. Dances to the Mummers string band beat. Opens every window. Breathes in salty air. Gazes at the morning glory. Shops at farmer’s markets. Sits an apple pie on a windowsill. Lives sweetly. Savors vegetable soup. Appreciates quality entertainment. Gets creative. Takes black-and-white snapshots. Remembers moments in Technicolor. Can’t wait for the Irish Fall Festival! Looks for the pot of gold. Knows life’s true fortune…

“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here,

With Summer’s best of weather

And Autumn’s Best of Cheer”  Helen Hunt Jackson


An Angelic Movie Weekend

An Angel Has Fallen this weekend at the movies while ironically rising to the top spot at the domestic box office. Last week’s champ, the Good Boys were still having a great time, An Overcomer inspired, The Lion King refused to leave our great movie kingdom alongside Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw, who were still in the action game.
The past and the present once again entertainingly intertwined this weekend at the movies, teens triumphed and action, adventure, animation (and angels) took center stage, capping off another Good time to be a movie fan.
Which of our stage gems made for one good weekend for you?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3 million.
2. Good Boys $11.8 million.
3. Overcomer $8.2 million.
4. The Lion King $8.2 million.
5. Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw $8.1 million.

Summer Presents the Good and the Golden

With summer winding down, who will capture the brightest box-office locale this weekend? Will it be the Good Boys, who made some questionably good choices last weekend or one of our other kid-friendly capers, with Dora and The Lost City of Gold discovering more success, causing our feathered friends within The Angry Birds Movie 2 to be twice as angry? What about The Lion King? How much pounce is left in his cinematic steps? Will our heroes encompassing Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw soon be taking a step or 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, where untold action hopes to captivate a bigger audience this weekend? Might Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark keep us out of the sunshine indefinitely?

On a lighter side of town, will audiences ever find out, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is a fun and freeing place to spend a summer day?

What imaginative place will you find yourself this weekend?

A Good Summer Weekend

The Good Boys had one good debut this weekend at the movies, coming in first at the good ole’ domestic box office. Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw to its adrenaline-junkie-seeking crowd while The Lion King remained royally presentable. The Angry Birds Movie 2 featured our old feathered friends angrier than ever while Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark continued to be pretty freaking scary.
Stories from the sublime to the scary graced our movie screens this weekend and the kid-friendly as well as the comedic were well represented as another summer weekend at the movies took us to some pretty good places.
What good places did you visit this weekend?
Estimated Domestic Box Office Results:
1. Good Boys $21 million.
2. Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw $14.1 million.
3. The Lion King $11.9 million.
4. The Angry Birds Movie 2 $10.5 million.
5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  $10 million.