SecondIron's Blog

Sharpening Iron to Live Second

The Age of Adaline Movie Review

Lionsgate Entertainment production The Age of Adaline movie hits select theaters on April 24th. The Age of Adaline tells the story of a young woman by the name of Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) who miraculously remained 29 years old for almost eight decades. Until a chance encounter with her past threatens to uncover her secret. She falls for philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman). When visiting his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) one weekend her secret is almost exposed. This leaves Adaline to make a decision that will change her life forever. Many women joke around about being 29 again when their birthday rolls around year after year. Adaline however experiences it over and over again as she stays 29 for several decades. The movie, albeit a little far-fetched in concept remained entertaining if for nothing else but Blake Lively’s performance. There were a couple of scenes that tugged at your emotions (no spoiler alerts here sorry). It does have a PG-13 rating for a couple of suggestive comments and a violent car crash. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. – E.E. Cummings Click To Tweet The movie starts with Adaline Marie Bowman being ‘born at 12:01 a.m. on January 1st, 1908. She led a normal life until the age of twenty-nine, when something highly unusual occurred… Something almost magical.‘ Through a chain of events she at the age of 29, remains that age for years to come. The viewer is then taken on a historical journey through the decades as Adaline. In order to keep her […]

7 Ways Chivalry Won’t Die

Being an old-fashioned gentleman is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact if every man used a dose every now and then, chivalry won’t die.

A couple weeks ago I took my bride to see ‘Old Fashioned’. While many people flocked to see 50 shades of grey I chose some old fashioned chivalry.

Now I am not a perfect man by any means. I can say that I do try though. Being raised in the south. I would like to think I was raised right. I learned manners and respect at a young age. I watched how my dad treated my mom and how his dad treated his mom.

My heart hurts for those who have no role model worthy to follow.

I am one of those people that says ‘thank you’ when you refill my sweet tea, and yes only sweet tea will do. If you happen to sneeze, automatically you get a ‘God Bless you!’ Not only because it is polite but because I truly pray He will.

When I say ‘ya’ll’ i am being inclusive not ignorant. If I open the door or pull out your chair. It is not because I think you are incapable. It is because I am able and respect you. As a man I will continue to do the same until I am no longer able.

I stopped to pick up some barbecue at my local Sonny’s a few nights ago. As we left the pick up window I opened the truck door for my wife. A middle age colored gentleman stopped me. ‘ Wow that is rare, you make me proud!’ He explained how kids these days have no respect. I politely responded ‘I have opened it for her for the past 12 plus years and will always do the same.’ You see chivalry is not dead, least not yet.

8 Lessons from Battle of the Five Armies

The highly anticipated third part of the Hobbit Trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies comes out this week. This is Peter Jackson’s third installment in the story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey with his dwarfish friends to take back what is rightfully theirs. Don’t worry you can keep reading there are no spoilers, in fact this is not even going to be a review. It would be unfair to take away the fantastic “ending” of this journey. However there are some great lessons we could all learn from. Lessons Learned from the Battle of the Five Armies “Thorin. You gave a promise.” – Bilbo Baggins- the innocence of Bilbo is challenged as we are when someone goes against their word. No matter how big or small, dwarf or man, a promise is a promise. “The town is lost save the gold” – the greed of money is many times held even above that of humankind. We can look in our own lives to those business owners, churches and even in our own families. Humankind many times will worry about how much they can save rather than how many. “If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.” – In a word where the mighty dollar represents power, it also brings pain. We forsake what is right, moral and good just to make more. If we valued the things at home, like love, family and comfort the world would be a much happier place. “If this is love, I don’t want […]