All posts tagged: society

Has Magazine Prettiness Replaced Real Life?

“Magazine prettiness has replaced real life.” I noted that in a book I once read. I can’t remember that book, but the line stuck with me. And isn’t that the truth? Everywhere we turn everyone is so intent on perfection. The message being broadcast is if it doesn’t look perfect, then it must not be worth it.  We focus on making our homes look like you stepped into the latest Pottery Barn catalog and ourselves look like we stepped off the fashion runway. Cosmetic surgery patients are becoming younger and younger and I’m referring to them pre-surgery not post. We are so focused on being picture perfect that we often lose sight of our true origins, who we truly were before we started building that facade. Yet, our origins actually have a lot to do with this perfect picture we present. Many of us were raised the old-fashioned way under the “everything’s fine” mentality. When asked, “how are you?” one’s standard response should always be “fine” because no one really wants to hear otherwise. And …

How Much Stuff Do We Really Need?

Every year we kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, a day when we stuff the turkey, stuff ourselves and give thanks for all the people and stuff in our lives. We’ve barely had time to digest the Turkey before we’re out the door to be the first ones in line to get more stuff to place under the Christmas tree for our family and friends, more stuff to ensure we are the most decorated house on the block, more stuff to find a place for, more stuff to dust, and more stuff to ultimately ignore. When is it enough? When is it too much? In this video, Father Scott J. Brown references a family in Ethiopia who seems content with twenty-eight possessions in a 360 square foot hut, a very different picture from the average 2500 square foot American household. At what point do we have enough stuff in our lives? Scott J. Brown is also a children’s author. His latest book, a must read, tells the story of three kings who face the dilemma of …

Real or Disney? Round One (DP Challenge)

Ever have a thought that lingers in your head for days, not losing it’s grip no matter what else is going on around you? Artists create a beautiful painting or sculpture. Writers turn it into a bestseller or just settle for a blog post. Kids…well kids just voice it in the form of a whine or a tantrum or sometimes even a song they walk around the house singing, “my sister is a little nerd. mom doesn’t like it when I say turd.” What can I say? I have a six year old boy who finds all things poop hilarious. I’m not sure what specifically sparked this one for me. Was it my upcoming Disney trip? The Presidential debate? The latest issue of People magazine? For days, I have been wondering when our society become overpopulated with Disney Creations? The online Merriam-Webster Dictionary does not currently have a definition for this term, but does define the term Disneyfication. Dis·ney·fi·ca·tion noun \ˌdiz-nē-fə-ˈkā-shən\ Definition of DISNEYFICATION : the transformation (as of something real or unsettling) into carefully controlled and safe …

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Reported Death at the Walmart

Breaking news…or maybe not. I am reporting a death at the Wal-Mart. Which Wal-Mart? Any actually, or Target or any local grocery store for that matter. You see this death can unfortunately be witnessed anywhere in our society today, Wal-Mart just happened to be the scene of the crime for me. It’s not the death of fashion sense as many of you are thinking, though that is evident as well. It is the death of common courtesy. It saddens me and infuriates me all at once that common courtesy is something I now consider a special treat just out of my reach that makes me oh so happy to be on the receiving end on occasions that are few and far between. From the aggressive jockeying for a parking space in the parking lot to the blocking of the entrance while wrapping up a cellphone call, so many people seem to be oblivious to those around them. Where does this sense of entitlement come from? What makes someone believe it is more important for them …