January 2012

The fundamental things apply

As time goes by.

Casablanca is a movie that doesn’t get old, no matter how often you see it.  It has Humphrey Bogart.  It has all the elements of a great story:  unequivocally evil but incompetent Nazis, scrappy resistors, heroism, humor, a great love rekindled and then renounced.  Great lines like “We’ll always have Paris.”  And “As Time Goes By,” a classic song.

Does anyone ever actually say “Play it again, Sam?”  Apparently not.  Sam plays the song, reluctantly, first at Ilsa’s request.  And then again, near the end of the film, at Rick's: "If she can stand it, I can! Play it!"

The turn of the year, cold and dark as it may be, is a time for memories, memories that warm our hearts and memories that we can barely stand.  It’s a time for taking stock.  What are the fundamental things, as time goes by?

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