Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sunday Saying on Saturday: Happy Fourth of July!


If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that 
it is truly worth living for in time of peace.

– Hamilton Fish 


Saturday Study & Learn: The Story of the 4th of July


The Declaration of Independence
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

But July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).

It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).

And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.

By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.

After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.

Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

Info Provided by Constitution Facts

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Foodie: Red Raspberry, White and Blueberry Crumble

Just in time for The Fourth of July!
Red Raspberry, White and Blueberry Crumble
Ingredients 

1 (9 inch) pie crust  or 4 crocks 
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2/ ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2 ½ cups fresh or frozen raspberries
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
(optional: reduce flour to ½ cup and add ¾ cup oats instead)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice. 
Separate into 2 bowls and gently stir in the blueberries into one bowl and raspberries into the other. 
Or you can combine berries and pour into separate crocks or the pie crust 
In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour and/or oats and cinnamon. Mix in butter using a fork until crumbly. Spread the crumb topping evenly over the pie filling.
Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned on top. Cool over a wire rack.

Recipe by Linda Kruse
KRUSING AMERICA
Creator / Producer / Director
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Gino Cucino, a 2-year old teaching kids to eat healthy

I created and directed a really fun kids cooking series not long ago that many never saw. Initially the Executive Producers wanted to go in a different direction but I thought a kid teaching kids to cook would be an effective way to get children to learn and eat healthy.

The short version goes like this: I was hired to create a kids cooking pilot based on literally a clown-chef in Arizona that the Producers thought kids would like. However, when I met him - I just didn't think he would connect with kids. Since I've worked with a lot of kid actors over the years - I knew there had to be a better way…and then I met GINO.

He was actually the Executive Producers child and ordinarily I would not suggest hiring the producers kid - once you meet Gino, you'll know why I choose him. He is exactly as you see him in the pilot episode of GINO CUCINO.

Whole Foods and Whole Foods Kids in Arizona was gracious enough to sponsor our shoot since they too met and loved Gino. It was the beginning of some of my best directing work with kids. I wanted then and still do today - to create authentic shows with amazing real personalities that are bigger than life in a very genuine way.  A good director only needs to guide so if you're true to your subject - even a two-year-old can shine.

I'm considering a revamp of this idea with a healthier spin…Please take a look and let me know what you think: Would you watch? Would your kids watch? Subscribe to my YouTube channel below and let me know. Happy Throwback Thursday!



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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday Women: Roma Downey's PURPOSE - make things that inspire or elevate


@RealRomaDowney
Last week I attended the Variety PURPOSE Summit: One of my favorite events to cover as a journalist and documentarian - partly because it's about creating better Family Programing but also because everyone that attends is really nice. Seriously. And the Keynote Conversation with Roma Downey was perfect to highlight in my Wednesday Women of the World blog post.

For the fourth year in a row in association with Rogers & Cowan, Variety's PURPOSE: The Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit dedicated to the growth of family entertainment.  

PURPOSE features leaders at studios, networks, digital media, and brands who are succeeding in the family and faith-based entertainment space. Storytelling innovators also shared what content is best connecting with today’s audiences and key industry leaders discussed various upcoming projects and their involvement in the Family & Faith markets.


This year the Keynote Conversation was with Roma Downey and her husband, producer Mark Burnett. If you're not familiar with this team - they are doing some pretty amazing work. 

Below are a few quotes I tweeted last week from the PURPOSE Summit that sums up this couple perfectly. 

"Love is a verb. You have to do something. We decided to take our celebrity and reach out and do something. We try to choose smart things. You have to really dream big. Be bold and be willing to trip." 

"Everything begins with intention. We do have a bias toward family and stories that shine a real light of positivity and love," Roma said about LightWorkers Media, their faith and family film and television production company. "We want to make things that inspire or elevate,"


Roma's latest project is "Answered Prayers" for TLC a show about modern day miracles and divine intervention. In Roma's words, "It's TV as a window into Hope."


And although TV and Film is what they are best known for – I wanted to highlight another aspect this power couple has been working on: Operation Smile - read on for more.


First a little background from wikipedia:


Roma Downey is a Northern Irish, British, actress and Emmy nominated producer from Londonderry. She played kind-hearted angel Monica on the American TV series Touched by an Angel, alongside Della Reese; they remained close friends after the series. Downey received two Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role on the show.

She was the executive producer of the television miniseries The Bible on the History channel, in which she also played the role of Mary. Roma and her husband Mark Burnett produced the movie version of the series, Son of God, which was released on February 28, 2014 it's sequel, A.D.: The Bible Continues, premiered on NBC Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.  She is an author of three books for children and producer of the children's series, Little Angels.

BUT my favorite part of Roma's work is an ambassador for Operation Smile.

Today, Roma continues her role as a real-life angel by touching children's lives through her work as a spokesperson and Board of Governors member for Operation Smile.

In 2003, she traveled to Vietnam to take part in an Operation Smile international mission, where she met and fell in love with 2-year-old Son, born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. After helping the child through surgery, Downey was touched by the child's bravery. In February 2006, Downey traveled with Operation Smile to Honduras and met Madelein before she received surgery to repair her cleft lip.

At Operation Smile's Los Angeles fundraising gala in September 2006, Downey was reunited with Madelein. In March 2008, Downey traveled with her husband Mark Burnett and their three children to Amman, Jordan, to attend an Operation Smile medical mission as well as the opening ceremony of the Roma Downey Life Support Training Center.

The Training Center will provide local medical professionals with Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) training in accordance with Operation Smile's International Training Organization accreditation with the American Heart Association. Downey donated life support program equipment and books, as well as funds needed to support training programs for one year.

Roma's husband, Mark Burnett, known for pioneering reality television, joined his wife in February of 2006 on an Operation Smile medical mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and in 2008 in Amman, Jordan. He continues his support as a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile.

More on OPERATION SMILE

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Travel Tuesday: Watch the New KRUSING AMERICA Sizzle



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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Media: KRUSING AMERICA now "Official Nomination" for Depth of Field International Competition

We are pleased to inform you that KRUSING AMERICA has not only been accepted, but has now passed through the first round of Nominating Judges, and has been NOMINATED TO COMPETE in the Fall 2015 Depth Of Field International Film Festival.

Your project has been submitted in two categories: Episodic TV and INSPIRATIONAL category: Which is any film, any length, with inspirational relating to the triumph of the human spirit, taking on the challenge to 'do what's right,' and making the world a better place in some way.


Depth Of Field International Film Festival Competition strives to help it's winning films achieve recognition and distribution opportunities. Again, congratulations on your Official Nomination status. 


Depth of Field International Film Festival