Archive | August 2012

PUSH…for Positivity


PUSH GIRLS: Mia, Tiphany, Auti and Angela

There are a slew of reality programs currently on the air.  I truly understand that there is an audience for everything, and we all have our ‘guilty pleasure’  TV programs  – but, it’s disappointing that the numbers for reality programs which show women fighting, cursing at each other, backstabbing one another, bullying, talking behind one another’s back, etc. are through the roof.  When.. and why did this  become must-see TV?

Sadly, programs that empower women would most likely plummet in the ratings, if they garnered any noteworthy ratings to begin with, because they are considered too boring. I feel for anyone raising children these days – especially daughters,  if showing inspirational women in a ‘positive’ light on television is cause to grab the remote and change the channel.

A few weekends ago, by chance, I caught a marathon of ‘Push Girls’. It’s a reality show about four women who, through tragic circumstances, have been left paralyzed. The series shows their daily journey, as they at times struggle to overcome their limitations. But, in all honesty, as a viewer – their wheelchairs was NOT all the show was about to me. Yes – there is much talk of the obstacles they have had to overcome, due to needing to use a wheelchair; however, the strength of the program to me, is showing women, who are friends, helping one another with their struggles and issues, as opposed to creating issues for one another.

There are moments of frustration, as to be expected – but, they PUSH themselves past their limitations; they PUSH themselves towards personal goals; they come together, discuss their struggles, and assist one another with following their dreams.

Audi Angel, the dancer

In one episode, a teenage girl  harbored much resentment towards her situation and was ready to give up. Although the many issues she faced could not realistically be solved in a 60 minute program, with Audi’s help, and by listening to what the other women had to say about how they struggled in the beginning, she PUSHed herself to attain a personal goal. I say we need more programs on the air such as these, to show young girls that they can overcome obstacles by believing in themselves and with the help of others. There are already too many programs on TV showing women snatching hair, throwing drinks and calling each other derogatory names.

Let’s PUSH our young girls to do better. By the way, PUSH GIRLS was just renewed last week for a second season. Perhaps there is hope for positive female role models on Reality TV, after all. 🙂

If you would like to watch the first episode, click on this link: http://www.sundancechannel.com/push-girls/

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Here is a First Look of the series:

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Beanie Baby Billionaire Get Directions, Gives Check


Jennifer Vasilakos

Aug 24, 2012 3:49pm By Eliza Murphy

Beanie Babies, the hot collector’s item in the 1990s, became very valuable to one lucky woman.

After a chance encounter she had with the manufacturer’s owner, Ty Warner, Jennifer Vasilakos now has a greater chance of surviving a life-threatening kidney disorder.

Warner, the Beanie Babies billionaire mogul of Ty Inc., got lost in on July 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and pulled into the parking lot of a local festival to ask for directions.

“He’d rolled up in his nondescript car, while I was fundraising at the French Festival.  He was lost and needed directions.  I often get asked by random strangers for directions.  Not one to miss an opportunity, I handed him my flyer and he made a fifty dollar donation,” Vasilakos wrote on her blog.

Vasilakos was in the parking lot raising money for the stem cell treatment she so desperately needed to recover her kidney function and come off dialysis, she said on her fundraising website.

Vasilakos’ kidneys failed last year (doctors still don’t know why) and she was told she was ineligible for a kidney transplant for now because she previously had a small melanoma removed from her back.   The stem cell treatment was the next best option, as it costs less than a transplant and she wouldn’t have to take drugs to suppress her immune system and keep her body from rejecting a new organ.

Vasilakos needed to raise enough money to undergo the procedure. She would have to go outside the U.S. because no hospitals here perform the treatment she sought.

Warner seemed generous; after she gave him the directions he needed, he made a $50 donation and went on his way.

“As he drove off, I thought that was the end of our encounter.  One of my girlfriends with me that Saturday morning noticed his return before I did.  Again he stopped at my table near the entry to the parking lot.  He’d returned after an hour or so.  Rolling down his window, he reached out his hand and introduced himself.  I immediately recognized his name. He was kind and sincere as he looked directly into my eyes, and the woman with him smiled at me.  They’d read my flyer,” Vasilakos said on her blog.

“I listened as he repeated over and over that he was going to help me.  That my fundraising was done.  That I didn’t need to worry any longer.  He said he would send a check after he returned to his offices during the week.”

And he did. On July 26, Vasilakos blogged that she received a package at her office.  When she went to her desk to get it, she saw an overnight FedEx envelope from Warner.

“The handwritten letter by the donor was genuine and heartfelt.  It was the type of letter you keep forever, and accompanying it was the check.  A check that could change my life in an instant.  Streaming tears of relief and amazement fell uncontrollably from my eyes, as I walked out of the room back towards the exit.  I was flooded with indescribable emotion,” Vasilakos said.

Warner had sent a check for $20,000 to cover her expenses.

“The cost of round trip travel. The cost of the dialysis treatments while there. The cost of the stem cell treatment itself. Food. Lodging. Calculating numbers in my head, I concluded that I might have enough now to go without worrying about anything. I might have all that I need to claim my life back and continue my journey here on Earth, ” wrote Vasilakos.

On Tuesday, Warner released a statement explaining his donation was about more than just Vasilakos’ immediate need for help.

“After I serendipitously met Jennifer, I further educated myself on her stem cell needs. I was shocked that this particular type of treatment wasn’t available to her in the U.S.,” Warner said. “My hope is that we can bring this lifesaving treatment to the forefront so that it can become more readily available and provide alternatives for people like Jennifer.”

Upon receiving the check, Vasilakos said all the tension in her body released and a euphoric feeling began to fill her. She wrote on her blog she was beaming from ear to ear as she floated to her to car to start sharing the news.

And now, almost one month later, it’s pretty clear the news has spread.

Vasilakos left California Aug. 19 to begin her treatment at a foreign hospital approved by the International Cellular Medicine Society. She will disclose the treatment’s location once she returns to the U.S.

source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/08/beanie-babies-billionaire-makes-20000-donation-to-kidney-patient-who-gave-driving-directions/

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Being a Winner…Without Winning


As I watched the Olympics, I enjoyed seeing representatives of the country I reside in receive Gold medals for their first place finishes. However, I was disheartened to hear statements, many times,  such as the following, [paraphrasing] “He only got a Silver medal. He’ll have to wait four years to try it again,” “She only got a bronze.  How disappointed she must be.”

To be one of the top athletes in your country, only to have a non-first place finish be labeled as “sad”, “disappointing”, and, even worse “losing”? Something is wrong with this picture. In the hours and days following many of the events, some of the mainstream media, bloggers and those on social networking sites, were also giving non-Gold medalists less than complimentary labels.

Granted – anyone who enters any type of competition would undoubtedly want to win; however, why does  a “loser” label  have to be given to those who don’t come in first place? I’m sure most have heard the sayings “Second place is the first loser” and, “Who remembers second place?” Very sad statements.

All I could think about as I heard the phrases repeated throughout the daily telecasts is how young children were interpreting the commentary they were hearing, and what effect it would have on them. If they entered a competition and didn’t come in first place would they strive to get better? Would they give up because they didn’t think they were good enough to ever be #1? Would they have resentment against those that surpassed them? Would they downplay their own accomplishments? What incentive does a child have  – or, an adult, for that matter – to continue, if they are inundated with messages of “Nothing matters except winning”?

Too much emphasis is put on being ‘Number One’.  It seems as if there is little to no credit given to those who have worked hard and achieved major accomplishments, unless they are considered #1 in their field. It doesn’t just consist in athletic competitions. The mentality extends to all professions.

When did a person’s achievements become worthless or non-noteworthy merely because they didn’t come in first place, or win an award?  There is nothing wrong with celebrating and praising the victor – but, can’t we celebrate those who “gave to the  best of their ability” and made it farther than most?

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You don’t have to be #1 to be proud of your accomplishments. Sometimes, just getting to the finish line makes you a winner. Check out the WINNER in the following video:

Be Anonymous


I had a totally different ‘Thought for Thursday’ that I was going to post today. However, after reading the story below, I decided to change the topic. Today’s ‘Thought for Thursday’ is DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE ANONYMOUSLY. Tomorrow is payday for most. You most likely can’t pay the tab for an entire restaurant, but, how about ordering lunch anonymously for a co-worker and having it delivered? Or, what about the next time you go to the movies, or any store, discreetly putting $10 towards the next patron’s purchase? [it might be better to do it anonymously if you skip a patron/customer].

Your anonymous gesture doesn’t require money. You can leave a flower, poem, nice ‘computer printed’ note, etc. on someone’s desk. Just do something to put a smile on someone’s face, with no expectation of a ‘Thank You’. 🙂

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Mystery Customer Covers the Bill for Every Customer at Denny’s

by Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo News

An anonymous customer at a Denny’s restaurant decided to voluntarily pay for the meals of all her fellow diners.

“People thought we were joking. She didn’t want anybody to know she paid and then she left,” Carol Kronberger, a waitress at a location near Sacramento, Calif., told KCRA.

“It just put a smile on everyone’s faces because we got to go to each individual table and tell them that some young lady just paid for all their meals.”

Manager Tom Klepac says the total bill was about $200 and that the Denny’s staff agreed to keep the customer’s identity a secret, only noting that she was a young woman.

Klepac said the unexpected free meal was a deserved treat for his customers, most of whom are regulars. And he hopes they’ll share some of that spontaneous goodwill.

“I’m hoping they’ll all pass it on to people that need help too,” Klepac said.

Link to video: http://news.yahoo.com/video#video=30212961

source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/mystery-customer-picks-tab-entire-denny-restaurant-195902637.html

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Feel Good Film Festival


By Anthony Carpio, Staff Writer

Striving to become one of Los Angeles’ premier art destinations, North Hollywood’s Arts District will host the Feel Good Film Festival starting Friday night.

Now in its fifth year, the film festival – in partnership with the North Hollywood Neighborhood Council – will roll out its unconventional yellow carpet outside Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theaters and show dozens of “feel good” independent films to the public this weekend.

“I wanted the carpet to be original as a symbolic gesture of these original filmmakers taking a step toward bettering the indie film circuit content to a more happy place,” said festival founder Kristen Flores.

In the past, the festival has been held at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre and recently at Raleigh Studios. This year, Flores was given an opportunity to hold the event at the newest Laemmle theater.

“The Feel Good Film Festival is going to be one of the first film festivals to be held at this state-of-the-art theater,” she said. “We see the screenings here as a chance to be a part of history.”

The NoHo 7 Theaters were chosen as this year’s location because of theater founder Charles Laemmle and his family’s love and support of independent films, Flores said.

She added that all the films are independently funded films with no studio backing, and most are looking for investors to help distribute the movies to a larger audience.

There will be a variety of full-length features as well as shorts and student films. The offerings include “Beast Wishes,” a documentary co-produced and directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger about the careers of special effects artists Bob and Kathy Burns and their love of the sci-fi genre.

“This movie is all about feeling good,” Geiger said. “We need to laugh more … We can all use a laugh once in a while.”

A special engagement film being shown at the festival is “Pad Yatra,” a documentary that follows 700 people who live in the Himalayas on their trek across their mountain range as they collect nearly half a ton of plastic litter and carry it out on their backs, triggering a green revolution across the rooftop of the world.

Director and producer Wendy Lee, 31, of Los Angeles is eagerly anticipating her first hometown film debut.

“My crew and I are excited to have home court venue,” she said. “It was mainly filmed in the Himalayas, but the blood, sweat and tears happened in L.A.”

The festival’s overall aim is to exhibit films with happier messages.

“FGFF aims to screen happy indie films with positive themes that lift energy levels of the audience members so they can bring that positivity back into the world they live in,” Flores said.

“Unfortunately the news and other outlets do not focus on the `happy’ … they are used to focusing on the fear. We at FGFF hope to give an alternate view on life in media.”

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source: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21224061

Official Site: http://fgff.org/

2012 Promo

2011 Carpet

Gossip


I think this quote says it all…

The biggest liar in the world is They Say.  ~Douglas Malloch

We’ve all done it…repeated stories without verifying whether it is true or not. Some repeat it innocently, will no ill intent; and, sadly some  repeat it – or, even start salacious gossip – due to their own personal issues,  such as jealousy or revenge.

If a person has evil in their heart, [or, in the case of  those who make their living from spreading gossip] no message, blog, quote or reasoning will keep them from continuing to put out false information. However, I put together a slide show to illustrate that even those who don’t maliciously start or spread gossip, do some people an injustice by spreading rumors that they have not independently verified, or, by innocently misinterpreting information and passing it on….

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I bet you wouldn’t want to be Mary in the above scenario.  The next time you think about passing on unverified information, take a moment and put yourself in that person’s shoes. If it is something that could be hurtful to that person [and, their friends and family], refrain from repeating it. You would want others to have the same consideration for you.

Here are more quotes regarding GOSSIP:

  •  What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.  ~Jewish Proverb
  • A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.  ~Ouida
  • Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.  ~Spanish Proverb
  • Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.  ~Frank A. Clark
  • A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.  ~John Tudor
  • There is so much good in the worst of us,
    And so much bad in the best of us,
    That it hardly becomes any of us
    To talk about the rest of us.
    ~Edward Wallis Hoch

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