Saturday Mail And Best Valentine’s Day Movies

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No Mail on Saturdays?

A 150 year tradition is now scheduled to end. After losing $16 billion in 2012, and as part of a deficit reduction package approved by President Obama, the postmaster general announced that Saturday first class mail service will cease, effective August 1, 2013.

Is this good or bad news for you? I would love to know so please share your thoughts.

According to an October 2011 Quinnipiac poll, 79 percent of Americans endorse the shift. Technically, the Postal Service is not allowed to [reduce] its service unless Congress changes the law… – Nancy Cordes, CBS News

This national change points to a much bigger financial mess between the USPS and congressional oversight, which I encourage everyone to research. I also hope you will read about it and contact your congressional representative to help to stop the bleeding that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) says is to the tune of 25 million dollars a day. Here is a link to one of many interesting articles. Click on the Washington Post icon.wapo2_large_verge_medium_landscape

By eliminating Saturday deliveries, the Postal Service projects an annual savings of $2 billion (although much more is needed). Meanwhile, post offices that are now open on Saturdays will remain open and mail will continue to be delivered to post office boxes. In addition, packages, mail order prescriptions, and priority and express mail will remain on a six day a week delivery schedule. Now what happens if you don’t get your Netflix on Saturday? Not the biggest worry, I know, but people will have to work out a few things with all kinds of companies who will have to make accommodations for this change.

I’m also wondering if post offices will have to staff up on Saturdays if their traffic mailboxincreases. I personally don’t mind not receiving mail on Saturday as long as I can pick it up at the post office. But my post office is less than a mile away – what about rural areas? I also care about the postal service workers who will be affected and whether or not this has a positive or negative impacted on their livelihood. So far, I’ve heard that they are worried about losing their jobs.

The proposal to drop Saturday delivery is not a done deal. “The Postal Service is expecting Congress and the public to respond to this and to engage in a debate,” Ruth Goldway, chair of the PRC, Postal Regulatory Commission said. – Washington Post

Whether it bothers you or not, how it affects others affects everyone.

Here’s a link to find your congressional rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

valentine_heartMy Top 51 Favorite Romantic Movies

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your honey or rounding up your best pals for a favorite desserts and movie night, these films (from 1958-2011) will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and remember why love is a wonderful thing.  Many are classics, some are romantic comedies, musicals, dramas, adventures, and some may not even be classified as a love story, but the director did a good job of turning them into one …and only a few have a sad ending. Since I’m 52, I’ll give you an update next year.

I also noticed that 1998 was a BIG year for romance. Any ideas why? Please share your faves with me too. I love hearing about amazing movies I haven’t seen or need to rent/view again. Also, I put a warning asterisk by the movies I recall having explicit content/language. I’m thinking about my beautiful grand kids checking this list out at some point. Please forgive me if I missed any and I’m sure I probably did.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Enjoy!

MV5BMjM0Nzk5NTc4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDA2MzgxNA@@._V1_SX214_GiGi, 1958, Leslie Caron

South Pacific, 1958, Mitzi Gaynor

Sabrina, both the 1954 original with Audrey Hepburn, and the 1995 version with Julia Ormond/Harrison Ford

Breakfast At Tiffanys, 1961, Audrey Hepburn

Grease, 1978, John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John

The Princess Bride, 1987, Cary Elwes Robin Wright

*Dirty Dancing, 1987, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

*Coming to America, 1988, Eddie Murphy/Arsenio Hall

When Harry Met Sally, 1989, Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan

Always, 1989, Holly Hunter/Richard Dreyfuss

*The Bodyguard, 1992, Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston

*Honeymoon in Vegas, 1992, Nicolas Cage/Sarah Jessica Parker

MV5BMTM0Mzc1MTA4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTg2NzE0NA@@._V1_SX214_Groundhog Day, 1993, Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell

Sleepless in Seattle, 1993, Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks

For Love or Money, 1993, Michael J. Fox/Gabrielle Anwar

Untamed Heart, 1993, Marisa Tomei/Christian Slater

Four Weddings And a Funeral, 1994, Hugh Grant/Andie MacDowell

While You Were Sleeping, 1995, Sandra Bullock/Bill Pullman

Sense and Sensibility, 1995, Emma Thompson/Hugh Grant/Kate Winslet

A Walk in the Clouds, 1995, Keanu Reeves/Aitana Sanchez-Gijon

*Braveheart, 1995, Mel Gibson/Sophie Marceau

*Jerry McGuire, 1996, Tom Cruise/Renee Zellweger

Titanic, 1997, Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet

My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997, Julia Roberts/Dermot Mulroneymeet-joe-black-153338l

As Good As It Gets, 1997, Jack Nicholson/Helen Hunt

The Parent Trap, 1998, Dennis Quaid/Natasha Richardson

The Wedding Singer, 1998, Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore

*Meet Joe Black, 1998, Brad Pitt/Anthony Hopkins

Ever After: A Cinderella Story, 1998, Drew Barrymore/Dougray Scott

*Armageddon, 1998, Bruce Willis/Billy Bob Thornton/Liv Tyler

Dance With Me, 1998, Vanessa Williams/ChayanneMV5BMTQ2MjM2NTEyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMjM2MjE5._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_

Hope Floats, 1998, Sandra Bullock/Harry Connick Jr.

City of Angels, 1998, Nicolas Cage/Meg Ryan

What Dreams May Come, 1998, Robin Williams/Annabella Sciorra

Runaway Bride, 1999, Julia Roberts/Richard Gere

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000, Yun-Fat Chow/ Ziyi Zhang

The Wedding Planner, 2001, Jennifer Lopez/Mattew McConaughey

A Knight’s Tale, 2001, Heath Ledger

Kate & Leopold, 2001, Meg Ryan & Hugh Jackman

My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002, Nia Vardalos

A Walk to Remember, 2002, Mandy Moore

50 First Dates, 2004, Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore

Ella Enchanted, 2004, Anne Hathaway/Cary Elwes

*The Notebook, 2004, Rachel McAdams/Ryan Gosling

ea2b1a3255f41fdbd59ac1f1b333b5739e522926Howl’s Moving Castle, 2005 (U.S.), Christian Bale/Emily Mortimer

Phantom of the Opera, 2004, Gerard Butler

Just Like Heaven, 2005, Reese Witherspoon/Mark Ruffalo

17 Again, 2009, Zac Effron

Letters to Juliet, 2010, Amanda Seyfried/Vanessa Redgrave

The Adjustment Bureau, 2011, Matt Damon/Emily Blunt

New Years Eve, 2011 Jessica Biel/Zac Effron

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Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide https://www.hopeww.org/sslpage.aspx. Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at http://www.shewentthere.wordpress.com. Direct Contact: Lightridersbook@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Saturday Mail And Best Valentine’s Day Movies

  1. Elia Esparza says:

    Love the articles! I guess we won’t know how much we’ll miss Saturday mail delivery until we don’t have it any more. And as for your 51 Top Movies… what about Dr. Zvago (I know I misspelled this one!), and what about The Way We Were? My two favorites!

    • Thank you Alpha Girl! I’m really concerned about the bigger picture and how our government has run this business to the ground. My heart goes out to the employees. I plan to write my congress member and ask them to get on the ball with helping them. Would you like me to share this with Spicy? I would love to if yes : )

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