wedding gift – Filigree Monograms http://filigreemonograms.com/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:42:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://filigreemonograms.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png wedding gift – Filigree Monograms http://filigreemonograms.com/ 32 32 ESOCS Devotion March 17, 2022 | ELANHUB https://filigreemonograms.com/esocs-devotion-march-17-2022-elanhub/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:42:23 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/esocs-devotion-march-17-2022-elanhub/ ESOCS Devotion March 17, 2022 TEXT: Luke 15:1-10 MEMORY VERSE: “Which of you having a hundred sheep, if he loses one, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and does not go after the lost one, until he find her?” Luke 15:4 KJV 0 And the apostles, on their return, told him all that […]]]>

ESOCS Devotion March 17, 2022

TEXT: Luke 15:1-10

MEMORY VERSE: “Which of you having a hundred sheep, if he loses one, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and does not go after the lost one, until he find her?” Luke 15:4 KJV

0 And the apostles, on their return, told him all that they had done. Then he took them and went away into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11 But when the multitudes knew this, they followed him; and he received them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. 12 When the day began to dissipate, the twelve came and said to him: “Send away the multitude, that they go into the cities and the surrounding countryside, to lodge and supply themselves; because we are in a deserted lace”

Jesus thought of his disciples in parables. In Christian paraphrase, a parable is an earthly story with heavenly meaning. It is an illustrated story, which teaches us spiritual truths about God and his kingdom, and the right attitude towards life. Our text presents us with two different parables of Jesus to illustrate God’s care for man, forgiveness, thus teaching us his extraordinary love.

It may seem foolish for a shepherd to leave ninety-nine sheep to look for one. But the shepherd knows that the (99) would be safe in the fold; when the lost is in danger. Because each sheep is of great value, the shepherd will see fit to search diligently for the lost one.

Palestinian women received ten silver coins as a wedding gift. In addition to their monetary value, these coins had sentimental value like a wedding ring, and losing one was extremely painful.

After giving the context of the two parables, the interpretation and lessons are of paramount importance. Jesus was teaching something about God’s relationship with man. God’s love for the individual is so great that he seeks each one and rejoices when found. Jesus associated with sinners because he wanted to bring back the lost sheep. Before you became a believer, He was looking for you and is still looking for those who are still lost (Ezekiel 34:11, 12; 1 Peter 2:25). Just as a woman would rejoice to find her lost coin or ring, angels rejoice over a repentant sinner. Each individual is precious to God. So we see that God is a loving and seeking Father who will never leave us, no matter how bad we are. God’s love is unimaginable (Ephesians 3:19); it’s extraordinary !

  • Are there tempting worldly things and you feel like straying from the divine path?
  • Ask God for spiritual power to resist and overcome all temptations.

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FURTHER READING: Ezekiel 34:11-16a; John 10:1-11

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Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway and the WeWork crash-and-burn disaster https://filigreemonograms.com/jared-leto-anne-hathaway-and-the-wework-crash-and-burn-disaster/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 23:03:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/jared-leto-anne-hathaway-and-the-wework-crash-and-burn-disaster/ The “train wreck” storyline is played out to the end in “WeCrashed,” a new AppleTV+ drama about the spectacular rise and fall of We workthe groundbreaking co-working space startup that died out in historic Wall Street fashion to the tune of billions. The series, based on the Wondery “WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork” […]]]>

The “train wreck” storyline is played out to the end in “WeCrashed,” a new AppleTV+ drama about the spectacular rise and fall of We workthe groundbreaking co-working space startup that died out in historic Wall Street fashion to the tune of billions.

The series, based on the Wondery “WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork” podcast, features Jared Leto as an Israeli-born “serial entrepreneur” Adam Neumann. After a brief flash-forward scene to September 2019 – when shit hit the fan – it’s back to 2007. Adam sells a line of collapsible heels for women’s shoes and “Krawlers” pants for babies – and fails miserably. His vision for shared shared living space (in the mold of the “Big Brother” house with no bells and whistles) also hits a dead end until he meets architect Miguel McKelvey (Kyle Marvin) and finds himself ‘they ponder the co-working space scenario – just like Adam meets yoga teacher Rebekah Paltrow (Anne Hathaway), whose part-time acting career pales in comparison to her famous cousin Gwyneth.

It is difficult to understand this Rebecca sees in Adam – he pursues her relentlessly, traveling into stalker territory – but they fall in love. After a series of business hiccups—shady investors, non-starters, money troubles—Adam and Miguel open their first co-working space, Greenspace, in Brooklyn, an open-plan layout with a cafe, ping-pong , etc which they’re selling for $500,000 — using that money and a million dollar wedding gift from Rebekah’s suspicious father to open their first WeWork space in SoHo in 2010.

Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway star in “WeCrashed,” a new eight-episode series on Apple TV+.
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Jaret Leto and Anne Hathaway
Adam (Jaret Leto) consoles Rebekah (Anne Hathaway) after her disastrous theatrical premiere.
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Soon the money is pouring in, Rebekah is pregnant, WeWork is expanding (eventually worldwide) before it all came crashing down in 2019 after a damning Wall Street Journal article prompted board members of the company to fire Adam ahead of a planned IPO and WeWork loses much of its $47 billion valuation.

There’s a lot more to the story, of course – especially the hubris of Adam and Rebekah – and it’s featured in the eight-episode series in which you’ll also meet key players in the story, including Cameron. Lautner (OT Fagbenle, “The Handmaid’s Tale”), who is trying to get the company back in shape for its IPO, young entrepreneur Elishia Kennedy (America Ferrera), whose life is thrown into chaos after joining WeWork and Anthony Edwards as a powerful board member.

Oscar winners Leto and Hathaway (both executive producers) play unglamorous or admirable roles, given the way Adam and Rebekah are portrayed (everything goes to their heads, although their love and belief one in the other are inexorable). I found it a little hard to believe that Rebekah would fall for Adam – as Leto describes him, he’s charismatic, but also snarky and obnoxious – and Leto’s accent sounds more Italian than Israeli (it’s distracting) .

Miguel (Kyle Marvin) goes after his business partner, Adam Neumann (Jared Leto) in a scene from "We crashed."
Miguel (Kyle Marvin) goes after his business partner, Adam Neumann (Jared Leto) in a scene from “WeCrashed.”
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“WeCrashed” is a cautionary tale about the excess and greed we’ve seen too many times before – and probably will see again, as these financial misdeeds mixed with all-too-human weaknesses often seem to go unnoticed (and unchecked) in the world. world of high-stakes entrepreneurs. But hey, that makes for a good story.

]]> Fryeburg Fair partners with Dreamland Amusements https://filigreemonograms.com/fryeburg-fair-partners-with-dreamland-amusements/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 17:39:34 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/fryeburg-fair-partners-with-dreamland-amusements/ Dreamland Amusements — Jumbo Dumbo Ride By Rachel Andrews Damon News special FRYEBURG – The rides at Fryeburg Fair this fall will be a dream. Fryeburg Fair is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dreamland Amusements of Long Island, NY to provide midway rides and to book and host midway carnival dealers. Dreamland Amusements […]]]>
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By Rachel Andrews Damon

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FRYEBURG – The rides at Fryeburg Fair this fall will be a dream.

Fryeburg Fair is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dreamland Amusements of Long Island, NY to provide midway rides and to book and host midway carnival dealers.

Dreamland Amusements is owned by Bob and Kathy DeStefano, longtime carnival and entertainment professionals. They own over 50 rides and service major county fairs, state fairs, corporate and private events on the East Coast. Dreamland Amusements recently added three new large-scale events to its 2022 schedule, including the Fryeburg Fair.

“We are very honored that after a long interview process, Fryeburg Fair has chosen us to be their intermediary supplier,” said Bob Destefano.

Dreamland Amusements will be bringing around 32 rides to Fryeburg Fair 2022. To name a few – the Super Himalaya, Dreamcatcher, Zipper and Starship. There will be a 93-foot-long Wacky Worm Rollercoaster at Kiddie Land, as well as a Dumbo ride with 10 super large elephants.

“These are family rides basically for two adults and two children. Children nine and under. We also provide light towers, changing tables, more seating,” Destefano said. “We think people will really appreciate everything we bring.”

Dreamland Amusements is an online ticket provider that makes it much easier for consumers to purchase wristbands and packages.

David Andrews, General Superintendent of Fryeburg Fair, said: “We are delighted with this change. This will mean bigger and better offers for our visitors. Dreamland has rides that have never been seen in Maine before. They will cover the same footprint and space as Smokey’s at Fryeburg Fair. I think it’s a great decision.

Fryeburg Fair will be Dreamland Amusements for the first time serving a fair in the state of Maine. Although they own all of their rides, they do not own food and concessions, but they reserve all of them as part of their shows. Current Fryeburg Fair dealers will now book through Dreamland Amusements and can contact the Dreamland office through their website dreamlandamusements.com.

Bob DeStefano says his phone is always on! “We want all the regular Fryeburg Fair dealers as always,” he said.

Bob and Kathy DeStefano go back several decades in carnival history. Bob started at 16 and Kathy at 14. His grandfather Bill Mince did all the lighting contracts for Coney Island. He then bought Feltman’s company, which was a factory that made Pneumatic BB machine gun sets. Kathy’s father, Charlie Wagner, worked for him and then formed his own carnival on Long Island.

When Wagner’s Carnival appeared in Levittown, Bob said he ran to get a job. He met Kathy and they started dating. Seven years later, they got married. Just before their wedding, Kathy’s parents decided to sell. Bob says they took all their wedding gift envelopes and went to Dallas and bought a Kiddie Land roller coaster. They started Silver Dollar Shows in partnership with others and ran it from 1984 to 2002. When the partnership ended, Dreamland Amusements was formed.

“Between Kathy and I – well, we’ve skyrocketed. We have over 50 rides now. Our show is great, and we’re keeping it that way by staying on top of everything, especially safety, aesthetics and the quality control. Our customers come for the rides and that’s our total business goal,” DeStefano said. “We have great people (over 120). We believe in family and really family comes first. “Without that approach, we can’t do that. Some of our employees, even if they’re not blood family, are like family.”

The DeStefanos have three daughters and five grandchildren, all under the age of four. Two of their daughters work with Dreamland Amusements. Looking back on the DeStefano’s long history in carnivals and entertainment, Bob said, “It was a great ride. »

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David Hastings III, President of Fryeburg Fair, added: “Dreamland will bring a fresh look to Fryeburg. We encourage our long-term suppliers to apply to Dreamland. We are very excited about them and think we will have a great show.

Dreamland Amusements concluded its 2021 season with a Christmas festival in Ellenton, Florida.

For more information about Dreamland Amusements, visit dreamlandamusements.com.

For more information on Fryeburg Fair, visit www.fryeburgfair.org.

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A Magical 4th of July Lakeside Wedding in Montana https://filigreemonograms.com/a-magical-4th-of-july-lakeside-wedding-in-montana/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 17:32:33 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/a-magical-4th-of-july-lakeside-wedding-in-montana/ In the summer, Big Sky Country can feel like “the whole world is coming to town,” says Lauren Pratapas. Vendors, rental cars, hotel rooms are all pre-booked. But that didn’t stop Lauren and her current husband, John Legittino, from hosting their 30-person wedding at her parents’ Flathead Lake home on July 3, 2021 — possibly […]]]>

In the summer, Big Sky Country can feel like “the whole world is coming to town,” says Lauren Pratapas. Vendors, rental cars, hotel rooms are all pre-booked. But that didn’t stop Lauren and her current husband, John Legittino, from hosting their 30-person wedding at her parents’ Flathead Lake home on July 3, 2021 — possibly the busiest weekend of the entire year. – in just three months.

If anyone could pull off such a feat, it’s Lauren and John. The two met during the US presidential debates in 2016: she’s vice president of communications for CNN, and he’s co-founder of Advoc8, a Washington DC-based creative marketing agency that has worked with CNN among other outlets , non-profit organizations and businesses. clients. Needless to say, these are pros who are used to getting things done under pressure. With so much experience planning events between them, they weren’t going to let a few challenges get in the way of their dream wedding.

The couple have visited John’s family home every Fourth of July since they started dating. They even moved there during the pandemic, when their jobs became more flexible. After getting engaged while hiking in Glacier National Park in August 2020, they knew they wanted to get married at next year’s gathering. So they did.

“Few places are more magical than Flathead Lake in the summer,” says Lauren. “We envisioned a whimsical party that would feel both magical and chic, yet stay true to the natural outdoor setting. John’s family property has several different settings, and we want to incorporate them all: a lakeside patio and boat dock, a grassy grove surrounded by larch trees, and a sprawling lawn with panoramic mountain views. »

Keep reading to get all the details of their classic ceremony with a vintage twist, as planned by the bride and groom and photographed by Jeremiah & Rachel Photography.

Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Lauren wanted a “simple and timeless” look for the day. “I really wanted to look like myself, not too glamorous,” she says. Jennifer Behr dangling earrings and a gold cartier The love cuff brought just the right amount of polish to her long sleeves Monique Lhuillier dress.

Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Its pearl accents jimmy choo Sacaria 100 pumps and a veil from the Australian company bridal sphere (which she originally saw on Instagram) were the special finishing touches to the look.

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Lauren found her deep V-neck column dress at Monique Lhuillier in Los Angeles, which she visited with John’s aunt Tricia. She was a bit skeptical at first, as her clean style isn’t exactly what the brand is known for. “I wasn’t sure if Monique Lhuillier would have a lot of options that went with the look and feel that I was hoping to achieve,” she says. “I tried on three dresses. I bought the second dress I tried on. Everything happened in less than 45 minutes. It was a rush order, but that was no problem. “The ML team are absolute pros,” the bride adds.

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Lauren’s only instructions to their floral team for their ceremony flowers: use a blush and white palette and don’t obstruct the view of the lake. The resulting flower arbor was “absolutely stunning,” Lauren says. “I hadn’t seen it until I came up the aisle with my dad, and I was completely in shock. It was so perfect and exceeded my wildest dreams. The flowers in the arbor and along the aisle featured flowers such as roses, snapdragons, agapanthus, Italian Ruscus, Smilax and silverberry.

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


John and Lauren chose to have their friend and CNN political analyst Gloria Borger officiate the ceremony. She walked down the aisle with John. He wore a black Supply tuxedo with a bracelet given to him by his late mother.

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Lauren’s father walked her down the aisle to the sound of a live rendition of Pachelbel’s handpicked “Canon in D” on guitar and backed violin. The thick layer of white rose petals underfoot felt like “walking on clouds,” she says.

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Lauren and John exchanged self-written vows in front of their 30 guests. “John’s was amazing,” Lauren says. “John and his late mother used to talk a lot about how a husband should treat his wife. She instilled these commitments and values ​​in him at a young age, and those conversations turned into what would become his vows. He made everyone cry. »

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John’s 12-year-old twin sisters kept the couple’s wedding rings and then brought them up during the ceremony.

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I absolutely loved the intimacy of the wedding.

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“I absolutely loved the intimacy of the wedding,” Lauren says. After exchanging vows, they retired to the aisle for “Home,” by Phillip Phillips.

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Beyond the edge of the lake, Lauren and John stopped for photos in a grassy grove surrounded by larch trees. Lauren loved her bouquet, which included the same palette of blush and white flowers used for the ceremony. “I may have already told my husband that I would like the bouquet recreated in a flower arrangement in the future, just in case he needed ideas for our first anniversary!”

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Some couples might balk at the idea of ​​planning a wedding in three months with only the help of their future spouse, but Lauren and John embraced it. “It was crazy but an absolute blast,” she says. “Some of the biggest events we’ve been to have been planned with little time, so we were very confident we could pull it off.”

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Lauren’s best advice for couples moving forward without a planner: assign specific tasks to trusted family members. For example, Lauren asked her sister to take photos on her own iPhone throughout the day. “Having dozens of photos on my phone helped me hang in there until we got our amazing personal photos.”

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It was our first moment alone, and we looked at each other in awe at the beauty of the moment we had created.

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Lauren and John spent their post-ceremony cruise around Flathead Lake surrounded by mountains and basking in the glow of the golden hour. “It was our first moment alone, and we looked at each other in awe at the beauty of the moment we had created in such a short space of time and against all odds,” Lauren says.

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


“We knew the epic sunset and endless starry night were staples for our dinner and reception. It was not possible to obstruct this with a tent,” Lauren explains. So they found other ways to bring in all the items they needed, including bespoke furniture and crystal chandeliers that disappeared into the towering pines.

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A vintage atmosphere has infused the cutlery. A friend of the couple who is a caterer in DC sent the china to the couple as a surprise wedding gift. “It really made the table so beautiful. A friend of mine told me it was Alice in Wonderland meets French chic,” says Lauren.

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Before sitting down to dinner, the crowd sipped Aperol spritzes. John and Lauren’s families are originally from Sicily. The dinner table therefore consisted of an epic Italian feast prepared by a local chef, Antonella LoPresti, originally from Milan. The menu included Italian sausage skewers with polenta, mozzarella and a basil balsamic fillet; ricotta and raisin crostini; Brie and peach tarts; a citrus, fennel and arugula salad; bucatini with cherry tomatoes; eggplant parmesan; and, for dessert, grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream and a honey-balsamic drizzle.

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


The intimate party kicked off with the couple’s first dance to Chris Stapleton’s “Millionaire.”

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Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


Photo by Jérémie & Rachel Photography


A vintage-inspired bride and groom figurine topped the couple’s white cake with salted caramel topping and vanilla buttercream frosting.

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Organizing a fireworks display the day before the 4th of July in Montana was a tall order. “Let’s just say our hopes weren’t high,” Lauren says. But luck was on the couple’s side. A last-minute cancellation landed them one of the best fireworks companies in the area. Lauren and John had them set up secretly over dinner. Then, during the reception, they asked everyone to come down to the courtyard. They weren’t sure what to expect from this company, but “within 10 seconds we realized we were going to see one of the best fireworks displays we’ve ever seen,” Lauren says. “It looked like what you would expect from a city fireworks display. We honestly couldn’t believe it, and neither could our guests, who screamed and cheered until the last spark left the sky.

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“Wedding High”: the wedding chaos is a lot of laughs https://filigreemonograms.com/wedding-high-the-wedding-chaos-is-a-lot-of-laughs/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 01:10:16 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/wedding-high-the-wedding-chaos-is-a-lot-of-laughs/ Following her international breakthrough in 2017 with “Aspen All You Want,” Akiko Ohku rose to prominence for her quirky comedies about a single woman’s search for love. And it had a populist twist: “Aspen All You Want,” which starred Mayu Matsuoka as a nerdy office worker obsessed with her college crush, and the 2020 romantic […]]]>

Following her international breakthrough in 2017 with “Aspen All You Want,” Akiko Ohku rose to prominence for her quirky comedies about a single woman’s search for love. And it had a populist twist: “Aspen All You Want,” which starred Mayu Matsuoka as a nerdy office worker obsessed with her college crush, and the 2020 romantic comedy “Hold Me Back,” which stars Rena Nonen (better known as Non) as an office clerk who receives romantic advice from a voice in her head, both won Audience Awards at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Ohku’s new film, the upbeat comedy wedding disaster “Wedding High” – scripted by comedian Hidetomo Masuno, aka Bakarhythm – represents a change in direction if not its aim to entertain: unlike the films mentioned above, it is of an ensemble piece, with the ostensible star, TV series veteran Ryoko Shinohara, not taking center stage until nearly 40 minutes later.

Shinohara plays Maho Nakagoshi, a spark plug wedding planner who loves his job. She and her staff are dedicated to providing newlyweds with the perfect wedding, even when their clients are driving them crazy with impossible requests. In this regard, “Wedding High” resembles the many Japanese films in which a team unites to earnestly overcome obstacles, while delivering a collective shoutout to the men (and women) of organization in the audience.

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Duration 117 mins.
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The movie differs in that it’s light on its feet and even laugh-out-loud funny, although to understand the gags it helps to have experienced (or endured) a typical Japanese wedding reception, which has elements both Western (cutting the cake) and Japanese (the couple’s bosses each give speeches).

This story, however, begins with the central pair, Haruka Nitta (Nagisa Sekimizu) and Akihito Ishikawa (Tomoya Nakamura), planning their big event. The myriad of decisions to be made excite Haruka, but annoy Akihito, though he never shows it to good effect. We also get a quick look at their respective pasts, including Haruka’s longtime relationship with former classmate Yuya (Takanori Iwata), which ended abruptly.

In the difficult process of deciding who to invite, Yuya is predictably left out. When he hears about the wedding, he decides to crush it, with the help of two carefree buddies.

Finally, the reception begins, but the long, albeit hilarious (for the guests) speeches by the couple’s respective bosses result in an hour behind schedule. How can Maho and his colleagues miraculously make up for lost time?

Their solutions have a crazed sheen born of desperation and are staged with brilliance and wit, though the slapstick comedy of Yuya’s encounter with a wedding gift thief uses crude humor for its payoff laughs. Having seen my share of Japanese TV variety shows, where said humor abounds, I was more inclined to groan.

Even so, with Shinohara’s relatively frazzled performance as Maho serving as ballast, the film remains firmly grounded in the real-world agonies and ecstasies of Japanese-style weddings. In fact, it’s an instructive viewing for aspiring wedding planners and future wedding attendees.

Lesson One: When your intention asks for your opinion on anything marriage-related, “I leave it up to you” is the wrong answer. And ex-lovers better drop any fantasy of changing the bride or groom’s mind at the altar. “The Graduate,” which “Wedding High” references but doesn’t imitate, was just a movie.

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First official portraits of Queen Elizabeth from 1952 — Stock Photo https://filigreemonograms.com/first-official-portraits-of-queen-elizabeth-from-1952-stock-photo/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 14:00:26 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/first-official-portraits-of-queen-elizabeth-from-1952-stock-photo/ Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022 On February 26, 1952, just 20 days after Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne, she granted a photo session with photographer Dorothy Wilding. The 59 photos Wilding took that day of Queen Elizabeth became an essential part of the new monarch’s public image, […]]]>

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On February 26, 1952, just 20 days after Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne, she granted a photo session with photographer Dorothy Wilding. The 59 photos Wilding took that day of Queen Elizabeth became an essential part of the new monarch’s public image, as they were used as on postage stamps and were sent to British embassies around the world whole.

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Queen Elizabeth II, photographed by Dorothy Wilding.

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Queen Elizabeth II, photographed by Dorothy Wilding.

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In some photos, the Queen wears single pearl earrings and the South African necklace, a 21st birthday gift from the South African government in 1947.

In other portraits, she wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary) received as a wedding gift when she married the future King George V in 1893. Queen Mary then gave the tiara to Princess Elizabeth as a gift on her own wedding day in 1947. It remains one of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tiaras to this day.

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This series was not the first time Wilding photographed royalty; she photographed various members of the royal family and a young Princess Elizabeth with her family.

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Princess Elizabeth (L) and Princess Margaret (R), photographed by Dorothy Wilding in 1946.

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Queen Elizabeth, 9 December 1946. Photograph by Dorothy Wilding

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King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in a 1946 photograph by Dorothy Wilding.

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24 of the 59 portraits will be on display this summer to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in an exhibition titled “Platinum Jubilee: Accession of the Queenin the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from Friday July 22 to Sunday October 2, 2022. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara will also be on display. Find more information, including how to get tickets, here.


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Ruth Carol Taylor, first black flight attendant, still champion of equality https://filigreemonograms.com/ruth-carol-taylor-first-black-flight-attendant-still-champion-of-equality/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 18:22:04 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/ruth-carol-taylor-first-black-flight-attendant-still-champion-of-equality/ Black heritage tours teach travelers what they missed in history class Much of Black American history is not taught in schools, but travelers can learn about some of these experiences on the road. Cody Godwin, USA TODAY Ruth Carol Taylor didn’t even have any interest in flying, but she had something to prove. Taylor, a […]]]>

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Ruth Carol Taylor didn’t even have any interest in flying, but she had something to prove.

Taylor, a Boston native who grew up in Trumansburg and attended Elmira Collegealready had a nursing degree Bellevue School of Nursing when she sought to become a flight attendant at Trans World Airlines.

Her application was rejected, but when Ithaca-based regional carrier Mohawk Airlines expressed interest in hiring minority flight attendants, Taylor became one of approximately 800 black applicants for the job.

She got the job and in doing so made history.

When Taylor boarded a plane for her first Mohawk flight from what was then Tompkins County Airport in Ithaca to New York in February 1958, she became the first African American to serve as a flight attendant. air in the United States.

“I didn’t want to be a flight attendant. I just wanted to break the color barrier,” said Taylor, 90, who now lives in Brooklyn. “There were no black employees, no pilots. I knew I had a lot more intelligence than the girls they hired in high school.”

A permanent quest for racial justice

Taylor’s tenure with Mohawk was short-lived. Six months later, the airline found another way to discriminate against her.

At that time, airlines required flight attendants – the common term for the job at the time – to be single.

So when Taylor married the man of her dreams, who she said “looked like Harry Belafonte,” the airline’s wedding gift was a forced resignation.

But the brief experience launched Taylor on a crusade — a crusade she continues to this day — to fight for the civil rights of black Americans.

In 1985 she wrote “The Little Black Book: The Survival of Black Men in America”, and she also co-founded the Institute for Interracial Harmony, which developed a test to measure racist attitudes known as the Racism Quotient.

AT racismtest.comanyone can take an anonymous test that indicates whether and to what extent they hold racist beliefs or tendencies.

Taylor’s son, Laurence Legall, 52, who also lives in Brooklyn, continues much of his mother’s mission these days and tries to live up to the standards she set.

“If you want something done, you have to do it yourself,” Legall said of the lessons he learned from his mother. “You have to be strong and keep an eye on the prize. She had determination.”

A lasting legacy, a permanent fight

Among the people Taylor met during his civil rights quest was Michael-Vincent Crea, a Peace Corps veteran who founded a ministry known as One world living systemsan ecumenical organization focused on humanitarian and social justice issues.

Crea, who also lived in the Ithaca area for a while and met Taylor at a community meeting in Harlem, was so impressed with his drive and passion that he spearheaded a campaign to have the name of the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport changed in his honor.

“She had a tireless spirit in her own right, representing women and anyone who was discriminated against,” Crea said. “She’s just a true beacon of equality.”

A new name for the airport is not likely, given that the facility did not complete the process of renaming Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport until 2019, after $34.8 million upgrade completedaccording to airport manager Roxan Noble.

Nonetheless, Noble and others recognize the historical significance of Taylor’s first flight.

“It is easy to forget the work of pioneers, as their footprints are often obscured by those who follow them,” said Donna Eschenbrenner, Director of Archives and Research Services for The Tompkins County History Center.

“Ruth Carol Taylor’s accomplishment is part of the larger thread of courage, determination, and hard work that African Americans forged for equal rights in this time, and we are only the better for it,” Eschenbrenner said.

In 2008, 50 years after Taylor’s groundbreaking flight, the New York State Assembly passed a resolution formally recognizing its accomplishment.

Taylor, who said her lineage is a mix of Black, Caucasian and Cherokee Indians, said while much has been accomplished since Mohawk times, the fight for racial equality is far from over. finished.

“Racism is always part of the black experience, especially black men,” she said. “All (people) see is color. They’ve been taught it. It’s infused with us as humans. That’s why I came up with the concept of a racism test. I I’m very proud of it.”

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What’s in a street name? Why This Amazing Black Woman Doesn’t Have Her Own Traffic Sign https://filigreemonograms.com/whats-in-a-street-name-why-this-amazing-black-woman-doesnt-have-her-own-traffic-sign/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 14:32:10 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/whats-in-a-street-name-why-this-amazing-black-woman-doesnt-have-her-own-traffic-sign/ Biddy Mason Memorial Park in downtown Los Angeles hides behind a parking lot, a dark place dedicated to a local icon most Angelenos don’t know. “We don’t know much about the history of African Americans and women,” says Brenda Stevenson, professor of history and African-American studies at UCLA. “We still have a white male-centric narrative. […]]]>

Biddy Mason Memorial Park in downtown Los Angeles hides behind a parking lot, a dark place dedicated to a local icon most Angelenos don’t know.

“We don’t know much about the history of African Americans and women,” says Brenda Stevenson, professor of history and African-American studies at UCLA. “We still have a white male-centric narrative. So there are gaps in our history. And Biddy Mason falls into some of those shortcomings.


Biddy Mason Memorial Park is located at 333 S. Spring Street. Its centerpiece is an 80-foot-long cast concrete wall by artist Sheila Levrant of Bretteville, a timeline of Biddy Mason’s life illustrated with object prints and simple text and images. Photo by Jeremy Thompson (CC BY 2.0).

“This is a person who was born a slave, was able to create something wonderful and lasting in one of the greatest cities in the world. His story needs to take public space and public consciousness,” says Stevenson .

sisters Cheryl and Robynn Cox are the great-great-great-great-granddaughters of Biddy Mason.

“Biddy Mason was instrumental in founding Los Angeles. She laid the groundwork to help build this city,” Cheryl told KCRW.

Robynn adds, “That’s why we’re asking the city of Los Angeles to name a street after her.”


Cheryl and Robynn Cox stand in front of the wall at Biddy Mason Memorial Park in 1991. Pictured L-R: Robynn Cox, Cheryl Cox, Linda Cox Brown, Gladys Smith. Photo courtesy of Cheryl and Robynn Cox.

Biddy Mason was born into slavery on August 15, 1818, probably in Georgia. It was given as a wedding gift to Robert and Rebecca Smith, plantation owners in Mississippi. Mason added to their family’s wealth by giving birth to three daughters – Ellen, Ann and Harriet. She made herself invaluable in the Smith household, learning herbal medicine and practicing midwifery and nursing skills.

“She was coming out of this institution that was supposed to break you,” says Robynn Cox. “She did what she had to do to keep her family together.”

Mason was in his twenties when Robert Smith converted to a new religion: Mormonism. He decided to move his family and all his belongings out west. The Smith caravan traveled on foot from Mississippi to Utah (because they were Mormons) and eventually ended up in Southern California. The trip lasted almost three years.


An illustration by William Henry Jackson of the Pioneers of the Overland Trail. Biddy Mason hiked the Overland Trail to Salt Lake City on the first leg of his journey. Then she went from Salt Lake through what would become Utah and Nevada to San Bernardino, California, the second. Photo courtesy of University of Utah Photographic Archives.

In 1851, Los Angeles was a border town of about 1600 people. Mason became acquainted with an educated and affluent local black community who informed her that California was a “free state” – that she and her family could not be held against their will. In California, Mason and his children were free.

But Robert Smith had no intention of losing his property. He decided to move his entire family – along with the 14 enslaved family members – to Texas, a slave state.

Stevenson told KCRW, “When Mason’s friends implicated the sheriff, Smith insisted, ‘These people are my family, they want to stay with me. They all agreed to stay with me and move to Texas. He told them at the same time that once they arrived in Texas, they would be free, which is a shameless lie.

State law did not allow black people to testify in court. So Judge Benjamin Hayes decided to question Mason outside the courtroom. He asked her if she consented to the move. Mason told the judge no.

“If the judge had ruled in favor of Robert Smith, she could have been put to death,” says Cheryl Cox. “She was going to fight for her freedom.”

It was an act of extraordinary courage – and a case of perfect timing.

Barely a year later, in the infamous case of Dred Scott vs. Sandford, the Supreme Court would rule that enslaved people — no matter what state they lived in — were property, not U.S. citizens. “They had no rights that the white man was bound to respect,” Chief Justice Roger B. Taney wrote for the court’s majority opinion.

After Dred Scott, it would have been illegal for Mason to assert her rights in court as a free black woman. But that day, in this court, Judge Hayes’ decision was unequivocal. “All of these people of color are entitled to their freedom and are free forever,” he wrote.

Against all odds, Mason sued for his freedom and won.

With her family’s future secured, she went to work as a free woman in Los Angeles. Hired as a midwife and nurse, she quickly earned a reputation as a physician of exceptional skill, serving local black and white communities.

“There were very few doctors in the early days of Los Angeles,” says Robynn Cox. “That need allowed him to overcome the color line. Let’s face it, when you’re sick, you’re going to ask for help from whoever has the skills.

For 10 years, Mason saved her money until she could finally buy land on spring street and establish a family farm. She was the first black woman to own property in Los Angeles.

She saved more money and bought more land. She never learned to read or write and signed all land deeds with an “X”. As Los Angeles grew around his homestead, Mason amassed a fortune in real estate. “She was probably the richest black woman west of the Mississippi,” says Cheryl Cox.


Spring Street seen from third, approx. 1903. When Biddy Mason purchases her first property, she establishes her homestead on the outskirts of town on Spring Street. When he died in 1891, Spring Street was the heart of Los Angeles’ booming financial center. Photo courtesy of Huntington Digital Library.

So what did Mason do with all that money?

“Grandma Biddy had a saying,” smiles Cheryl Cox.

Robynn Cox continues: “’If you hold your hand closed, nothing good can come in. For the open hand is blessed because it gives abundantly while receiving.’ This is actually a biblical principle. God will bless those who help others.

She left tabs open at local markets so people could pick up whatever they needed. She risked her life treating prisoners in LA jails during an outbreak – the same jail cells she and her family had been forced to live in years earlier.

“Everyone in Los Angeles became her family. There were no schools for black people, so she knew there had to be schools. There was no church where black people could worship, so she knew she had to build a church,” says Cheryl Cox.

In 1872 Mason led the founding of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, which began in his living room. She helped make First AME a cornerstone of the local black community. It remains so today.


Eddie L. Edwards’ mural at LA’s First AME Church shows Biddy Mason in the lower right corner, depicted as a shepherd, on his way to California. Photo courtesy of First AME Church in Los Angeles.

“First AME’s mission has always been first to serve. And that pretty much sums up Biddy Mason’s whole outlook on life,” says Jackie Broxton, a member of the First AME Church for 40 years.

Mason died in 1891 having spent most of his life tending to the needs of the city.

So today, how does the city maintain its memory in return?

“Just the park – and the church. If you don’t understand the story, it’s impossible to understand what’s going on now. It’s not fair,” Broxton says.

Los Angeles is full of memorial spaces dedicated to wealthy power brokers and land barons, such as Wilshire Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard. There are streets named for William Mulholland as well as the two Isaacs – Lankershim and Van Nuys.

But what about all the other people who built Los Angeles?

“Biddy Mason, like most women of the 19th century, was not focused on leaving a public legacy that would live on in people’s imaginations in the future,” Stevenson said. “It has always been important to collect the stories of people who have contributed powerfully to our society.”

For Cheryl and Robynn Cox, reclaiming history is personal.

“It was ingrained in us that it was our responsibility to be stewards of our family’s legacy,” says Cheryl. “We asked the city to change the name of Spring Street.”

“That’s where his farm was,” Robynn adds. “We hope Los Angeles will rename Spring Street in his honor.”


This road sign is located on the northeast corner of Spring and Fourth streets in downtown Los Angeles, just south of Biddy Mason Memorial Park. Cheryl and Robynn Cox want to rename Spring Street after their great-great-great-great-grandmother. Photo by Mike Schlitt.

Can change a name change public memory? Brenda Stevenson thinks so.

Renaming Spring Street after Biddy Mason is perfect, she says. “If we are to change our understanding of American history to one that includes all of the people who helped build the United States of America, then we must dedicate more public space to understanding what is this story.”

Commemorating a past to build a better future may seem like an illusion, but if you want inspiration to do the seemingly impossible, consider the story of Biddy Mason.

This is part of Greater LA’s series on local streets – how they got their names and what they say about past and present life here.

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🌱 Horry County Burn Ban + Grand Strand Humane looking for a house https://filigreemonograms.com/%f0%9f%8c%b1-horry-county-burn-ban-grand-strand-humane-looking-for-a-house/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 21:11:58 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/%f0%9f%8c%b1-horry-county-burn-ban-grand-strand-humane-looking-for-a-house/ happy Fridaythe people of Great Strand! Kathy Mandel here with the latest edition of the Myrtle Beach daily. Let’s take a look at our weekend weather forecast: Friday: A little rain in the morning. High: 69 Low: 42. Saturday: Cooler with sun. Top: 58 Bottom: 39. Congratulations to our main local sponsors: Looking to sell […]]]>

happy Fridaythe people of Great Strand! Kathy Mandel here with the latest edition of the Myrtle Beach daily.


Let’s take a look at our weekend weather forecast:

  • Friday: A little rain in the morning. High: 69 Low: 42.
  • Saturday: Cooler with sun. Top: 58 Bottom: 39.

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Here are the top stories in Myrtle Beach today:

  1. Horry County Officials put another ban on burning outside in place, effective immediatelydue to dry weather conditions. The ban will remain in effect until further notice. We are in a situation of very low relative humidity, with dry and windy conditions. (WBTW)
  2. A building materials company East partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to construct artificial reefs off Myrtle Beach. SRM Béton donated excess concrete to the project, which has been underway for several decades. the artificial reefs are made of steel structures, concrete and other elements like army tanks and subway cars. Marine life turns structures into habitats where they can live and breed. The structures provide habitats for many species of fish. (WRAL News)
  3. the biggest challenge to myrtle beach police when it comes to solving missing persons case, is the belief that there should be a 24 to 48 hour waiting period before reporting a missing person. The police say the the first hours are crucialand file a report early may be more useful. They warn against posting personal information on social media. There are many travellers, visitors and transients who go missing, and the department remains busy each year with missing persons cases. (WMBF)
  4. With the horry county growth comes a influx of seniors and retirees to the region. According to SCDHEC, nearly 18% of suicides in South Carolina are among people age 65 or older. The isolation of COVID-19 has particularly affected the age group. the the suicide rate increases as people age, too. This may signal a need for more mental health resources in the Grand Strand area. Resources are available if you or someone you love is experiencing mental health issues, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255. Locally, contact United Way of Horry County, or Waccamaw Center for Mental Health. (WBTW)
  5. Grand Strand Humane Society Lease to Tanger Outlets on highway 501 east expiring at the end of March. So the refuge is again looking for temporary accommodation as he continues to raise funds to build a new facility. The good news is 100 cats and kittens are moved to shelters in northern states this week, and 32 dogs were adopted during a special event last weekend! But there is still a lot of work to do and many animals that need a home. GSHS must increase $6 million to build a new shelter. (WMBF)

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This weekend in Myrtle Beach:

Friday February 18

  • Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful @ Surfside Beach Fire Station 1st Ave N. (10:00 AM)
  • Spring Home Improvement & Outdoor Living Show @ MB Convention Center (10:00 AM)
  • Nancy Olive @ Duplin Winery (1:00 p.m.)
  • Time Warp @ Caroline Opry (7:00 p.m.)
  • Spellbound @ Club Rewind at 3001 (9:00 p.m.)

Saturday February 19

  • Kind Keeper Animal Rescue Golf Tournament (09H00)
  • Spring Home Improvement & Outdoor Living Show @ MB Convention Center (10:00 AM)*
  • Dedication of Caleb Wygal’s book at Macaroni Mania! NMB Park and Sports Complex (11:00)
  • Macaroni Mania @ NMB Park & ​​Sports Complex (11:00) (wpde.com)
  • 13th Annual Shuckin’ on the Strand Oyster Roast @ Hot Fish Club (12:00 p.m.)
  • Ronnie O’Briant @ Inlet Provision Company (5:00 p.m.)

*Also, Sunday February 20 11:00 – 17:00


From my notebook:

  • Myrtle Beach Convention Center: These cuties are just two of fur babies that the Saint Frances Animal Center will bring to the adoption event to Spring Home Show, February 18-20 Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association. (Facebook)
  • Friday night, the Long Bay Theater begins the classic off-broadway interactive comedy show, The wedding of “Tony and Tina”‘. Spectators can interact with the castand should even bring a “wedding giftA Grand Strand Humane Society wish list item! (wpde.com)
  • HTC Aspire Hub in Myrtle Beach had his Large aperture Thusday! New creative workspace located in the new Arts and Innovation District on 9th Avenue North is a place where entrepreneurs can work with other like-minded people, get mentorship or rent office space. (WMBF)
  • Residents met with the Carolina Forest Civic Association Wednesday to talk about rezoning requests and to set up a voluntary effort to beautify neighborhoods. Meanwhile, Horry County Parks and Recreation work on expand football pitches at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center Complex. (wpde.com) (MyHorryNews.com)
  • The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach: Lights, camera, Teddy! This guy is a natural in front of the camera! Teddy spent her Wednesday checking another item on her to-do list thank you awesome WMBF News team! Teddy was able to take over director’s chair and he did some new friends at WMBF studios! (Facebook) (WMBF)
  • Registrations are now open for the 14th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. The event will take place on Saturday April 30 at the Market Common. The party is a fundraiser for Ground Zero, a Christian non-profit organization. Teams can register half price until March 1. The festival itself is free to spectators, and there will be food, live music and a family entertainment area. (WMBF)

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Kathy Mandel

About me: The best decision I ever made was moving to the Myrtle Beach area from New England a few years ago, along with my three dogs and three cats. I love dogs, cats, road trips, photography, writing, vegetarian food, live music, cycling and especially my daily walks on the beaches in and around Grand Strand.

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Biden’s gas problem: President eyes gas tax cut as pump prices soar https://filigreemonograms.com/bidens-gas-problem-president-eyes-gas-tax-cut-as-pump-prices-soar/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 05:00:42 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/bidens-gas-problem-president-eyes-gas-tax-cut-as-pump-prices-soar/ Joe Biden is a self-proclaimed “car guy,” loving to drive the green 1967 Goodwood Corvette Stingray he received as a wedding gift from his father, who ran Delaware’s largest Chevrolet dealership. But cars – and the fuel that powers them – are now a problem for the president. Soaring gasoline prices, already at seven-year highs, […]]]>

Joe Biden is a self-proclaimed “car guy,” loving to drive the green 1967 Goodwood Corvette Stingray he received as a wedding gift from his father, who ran Delaware’s largest Chevrolet dealership.

But cars – and the fuel that powers them – are now a problem for the president. Soaring gasoline prices, already at seven-year highs, are fueling broader inflation and threatening to derail Biden’s presidency, political analysts say.

On Tuesday, the White House said it could scrap federal gasoline taxes in a bid to provide immediate relief to drivers. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is now $3.50, an increase of almost 50% since Biden entered the Oval Office.

The tax break would effectively subsidize fuel consumption, analysts say — a surprising step for an administration that has been talking about ending tax breaks in the oil industry and weaning Americans off the combustion engine in favor of electric alternatives.

“The fact that we’re even talking about this shows there’s weak political support for decarbonization policies,” said Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy. “If you’re willing to kill 18.4 cents a gallon [tax] with minimal real impact on consumption. . . how on earth are you going to be willing to force consumers to adopt electric vehicles or more fuel-efficient cars? »

The fact that a president who has pledged to lead an American clean energy revolution and electrify the country’s cars is now trying to reduce oil consumption underscores the need to curry favor with drivers who will vote in midterm elections later this year.

“Over the past four decades, pump prices and presidential approval ratings have shown a significant inverse correlation,” said Kevin Book, managing director of ClearView Energy Partners in Washington.

“There’s not much Biden can say to fill a voter’s heart when it takes a Benjamin to fill their tank,” he added, referring to Benjamin Franklin, America’s founding father. whose image adorns the $100 bill.

Line chart of US regular retail gasoline, weekly ($/gallon) showing ... as well as gasoline prices

Biden also acknowledged that any conflict in Ukraine or any sanctions against Russia could drive up energy prices. “I won’t pretend it will be painless,” he said on Tuesday. But the administration was “ready to deploy all the tools and authority at our disposal to provide relief at the gas pump.”

If the tax cut is one of those tools, it would be just the White House’s latest step in taming rising gasoline prices and the fierce rise in global oil prices that drives it. Analysts say it is likely to be as ineffective as previous efforts.

The attempts began in August, when U.S. oil prices were trading around $70 a barrel, when Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan called on Opec to pump more crude. Seven weeks later, Sullivan traveled to Saudi Arabia to repeat the call – another pivot for Biden, who had promised to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” for his killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudis still rebuffed the calls. Biden and his officials also probed U.S. oil companies for price collusion at the pump — a move with a long political history, but a meager track record of success.

In November, the White House announced the release of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a step criticized for being overtly political.

Biden took the credit for the softer gas prices that followed the SPR announcement, although the relief was short-lived. On Monday, US oil prices hit a new high of over $95 a barrel. Gasoline will also rise, forecasters say.

While critics have said the White House’s fixation on oil contradicts its climate commitments, some commentators say Biden is simply being pragmatic.

“Gasoline taxes are too politically charged to be a mainstay of climate policy,” said Paasha Mahdavi, a political science professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “It is giving up a political battle. . . in order to win a wider climate war, using political capital, gaining political support to put things like climate provisions and Build Back Better back on the legislative agenda.

Biden is not the first president to lash out at fuel price inflation, OPEC or oil companies — or fear the political fallout from expensive oil.

An energy price crisis was among the forces that undermined Jimmy Carter’s presidency. In 2007-2008, as global crude rose to its all-time high of nearly $150 a barrel, White House officials joined a parade of foreign leaders through OPEC capitals demanding more oil. .

Robust US gasoline demand has been another constant. In 2006, when George W Bush denounced America’s “oil addiction,” Americans burned 20.7 million barrels of oil a day. Demand this year will be almost identical, according to federal forecasters.

It has appeared easier for presidents to demand more oil – as Donald Trump has repeatedly done when lambasting Opec on Twitter – than to beat addiction.

It was Trump who in 2020 persuaded Russia, Saudi Arabia and other members of the OPEC+ producer group to cut supplies to prop up prices that had fallen so sharply they threatened to devastate the industry’s own American oil.

OPEC+ has steadily restored that oil, but not as quickly as Biden would like.

The forecourt price spike has also opened up easy lines of attack for opponents of Biden, with Republican leaders such as Sen. Mitch McConnell saying the administration’s “radical climate policy” is stifling national energy production.

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Despite soaring crude prices, U.S. oil production, at around 11.6 million barrels per day, remains well below the record high of around 13 million reached before the pandemic. Wall Street pressured companies to repay the capital rather than invest it in further drilling.

Perhaps Biden’s biggest problem with gas prices, however, is his limited power to shape them.

The gas tax relief “underscores how few tools the United States has to influence oil prices,” said Robert Campbell, an analyst at consultancy Energy Aspects.

“The fundamental problem for the oil market is that capital has been taken out of exploration and production, and demand has returned. Price needs to do the work to restore balance. A pre-election giveaway won’t change. this fact,” Campbell said.

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