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Today (July 4th) I watched the full, original, uncut version (3 hours long) of the 1972 film “1776” - a serious and funny musical film I have always loved. This time I found it more mesmerizing and powerful than ever. I was moved to tears in parts and so drawn into the wonderful dialogue that captured in a very astute and entertaining way the full array of characters who comprised the Congress that debated, attacked and insulted each other, displayed their humanity and in the end compromised to create and approve the Declaration of Independence.

Serious history and seriously entertaining and powerful on this day 

 P.S.  The age range of the representatives in the Congress was 32 to well into the 80s. (Jefferson was second to youngest, and Franklin was the oldest.) Talk about cross-generational conversation and diversity of thought!



I periodically pass on information from Marc Freedman, founder of Civic Ventures and Encore Careers on this blog to let you know about applications for prizes, awards and other information of note. In this post, I am spreading his news about a highly recommended movie with a sensational cast and a contest. Below are the details.

I’m writing to let you know about a beautiful re-coming-of-age movie, starring Judi Dench, Tom Wilkerson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, along with Dev Patel, the young star of “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” is about adventure, love and purpose in the encore years. If you love to laugh and travel -- and are wondering what’s next in your life -- you’re in for a treat.

And you could be in for a prize, too…if you enter the Marigold Ideas for Good Contest.


The contest is for people over 50 who have great ideas for doing something to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Each month for the next six months, Participant Media -- with help from the voting public and Encore.org -- will select five winners. Each will win a $5,000 grant; one will win the money plus the trip of a lifetime from Road Scholar.

So if you’ve got an idea about how you can make the world a better place for future generations, I hope you’ll enter today.


Spread the word. There’s no time like the present to start thinking about what you’d like to do for an encore!





For the first time on this blog I am recommending a film. It is "Last Chance Harvey" starring two magnificent pros - Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. Not only superbly acted, it is well written and a grown up film.. While there is a bit of "meeting cute," the real life issues the two face in their separate lives and in trying to establish a relationship are ones adults can well relate to. Ultimately, they manage to transform each other and reinvent themselves.

The film opened nationally on July 16th after an earlier New York opening where it got excellent reviews. See the trailer here.

Enjoy, and leave your comments for others.

Phyllis Weiss Haserot    www.pdcounsel.com


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