Once again we are devoting much of our September issue to the people and organizations that support our communities. Call it giving back, philanthropy, generosity or just getting involved…they are all bright lights in what has become a rather divisive society that is increasingly lacking in bright lights. Bless them all.

These days, everyone seems to have an ax to grind—liberal ,conservative, middle of the road, it doesn’t matter. The assumption is that if you do not agree with me, then something is really wrong with you. Your opinion is worthless and you may very well be as worthless as your opinion or belief. WOW! A great example is a recent article by Mary McNamara published in the LA Times tearing apart the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” along with its Creator and Director Quentin Tarantino, the script, the actors and maybe even the assistants that fetched the cast and crew their lunch. She decided that because the film revisited the past, somehow it was an homage to the controversial ideas of MAGA. HUH??? Did she see the same movie I did, or is she as intolerant as someone on the opposite end of her political spectrum? Well, yes to both.

Frankly, I am not a huge fan of Tarantino. Many of his films are cliched and postured violence. They begin to bore me in the first 20 minutes I don’t think he could carry the master of that genre Sam Peckinpaugh’s lunch pail, but to turn a review of this film into a hate-filled rant is silly at best and actually really dumb. It really discredits what McNamara is defending and much of what I believe in. Of course the same can be said of what many politicians have to say.

I am using her rant as an example of why it gives all of us at Lifestyle so much joy to see smiling, loving faces like those featured in this month’s issue. Give love, affection and compassion to those who need it the most. That’s what really makes America great.