What will you do with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Culture and the Importance of True Self

Am I the only person that lies awake at night thinking about the state of our culture? There is nothing worth watching on 100 channels on our TV. We only have it for news and movies.  But while looking for something, anything, worth watching, I came across the following choices.

Who wants to keep up with the Kardashians? And why does anyone care?

Who is Honey Boo boo? And do they realize they are being mocked? 

Do real people really waste time watching this Duck Dynasty stuff?

We're obsessed with weight, wrinkles and wealth. Does the Today Show not have real news?

A film crew follows a naked couple around on an island as they get sunburned and fake their survival. And it's The Discovery Channel!

An idiot keeps pythons. The snakes kill 2 little boys. Why?

And then there's the mom here in Memphis who stabbed her 2 children to death. More than sad.

I could go on and on.  I will never understand the marketing decisions these networks make when they go out and find the backwoods man with no teeth, and make him talk so people can laugh at the poor guy. And the overweight mother who is encouraged to eat while they follow her with the camera. Then there are the hoarders, mentally unstable usually. Or the two naked people made to look as if they are cave people, crying and acting it up, with ragged shoulder bags, charcoal rubbed on their bodies, dirt all over -- and the camera crew filming their every move with spots over their genitals. Why? What's the point?  

My heart breaks when I think about the money spent on the first five of these network shows above.  Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. What would happen if all that money was put to use in righting the wrongs in our culture? This is a start of what I'd spend it on:

  1. Free birth control, free medical care and mental health counseling
  2. Free education and pay teens to go to school, more money for good grades
  3. Pay mentors to care for elders
  4. Pay elders who are able to be mentors to youth 
  5. Parenting classes for every parent
  6. Teach people how to grow their own food and give them the tools and access to do it
  7. Pay those living in poverty to attend Gettin Ahead in a Just Gettin By World workshops
What would you spend the money on?

Monday, August 5, 2013

What do you love to do more than anything else in the world?

Yeah, I know. A lame question. And ripe for some smart a** remarks.  But this is my answer:


I don't care if it's writing, sewing, gardening, painting, beadwork......as long as I am creating, the time speeds by. I look up hours later and realize that I 'worked' through lunchtime or for longer than I was aware.

What do you love doing more than anything ..... what makes your heart sing? What do you do so that time and money are of no concern?

Visit my ETSY store and see what I've been creating lately:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/FrenchBoundary

Peace, and keep creating!