Monday, January 31, 2011

Reality Television

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One look at the television listings and we can all see that Reality TV has taken over the airways.  Every network (broadcast and cable) has multiple shows based on "reality". 

There are shows to fulfill everyones' likes and dislikes, some controversial, some very entertaining and others that upon seeing the first episode one thinks "why did they think we would like this".  One thing for sure there are many water cooler discussions the day after an episode that everyone at work has watched.

I believe Reality TV has become every one's guilty pleasure.  And I will openly admit that I have my favorites that I don't miss an episode of, and some that I will not admit that are truly my guilty pleasures (come on, I know you have your secret favorites too).

I admit that many of my couch potato hours are spent watching one reality show or another.  I am especially addicted to the home design shows on HGTV.  I enjoy contestant type shows like Amazing Race, Biggest Loser, and the Apprentice (celebrity and regular), and I prefer them to the shows that depict celebrities in their everyday life.  In my opinion, the biggest problem with the celebrity reality shows is that they lack reality.  The dialogue seems completely scripted, even though they all claim that is how it all really went.

My personal favorite reality show is NBC's Biggest Loser.  I love watching the contestants fight their way to a slimmer versions of themselves.  I have watched since season one.  I can recall contestants from each of the seasons, who won, who was controversial, who I was glad to see go home and who I was happy to see lose all the weight they did.  I find that unlike other shows BL has been able to inspire its viewers to join in the weight loss craze and really get healthy.  Just as they inspire their contestants to "pay it forward" they inspire their viewers to get more involved in their communities.  With their "Pound for Pound" challenge they encourage others to lose weight while supporting their local food banks in providing for their communities.  I am not really sure of any other Reality TV show that has had this effect on its views (except maybe "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".

If I ever had a chance to be on a show, I probably like to be on Amazing Race.  Even if I only made it through the first challenge or two, I know I would walk away having had an experience of a lifetime as even in the first few days the contestants see amazing places.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My First Post...

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The latest Bloggy Moms Writer's Workshop prompt is simply "My First Blog Post"; a look back at My First Blog Post and seeing what I would have done differently.

Well, my first blog post was an introduction, of me, my blog, why I named it "Pink @ Heart".  It seems to me that I did a fairly good job for someone who was new to blogging and really not sure what she wanted to write about (I was just feeling the need to write).  But now looking back at the post, the main thing I would have done is told more of my story.

My blog is called "Pink @ Heart" because that is how I feel. Because of my family history, I am very involved in raising awareness for breast cancer.  I did discuss my sisters' who have faced breast cancer, but did not mention that I myself am a "previvor" which basically means that I am aware that I carry the BRCA2 gene.  I feel fortunate for having grown up with an awareness that many do not have and I know I am blessed to know that I am gene positive because it empowers me to make choices and decisions about my health that someone else may not be able to make.  Since writing my first blog I have also become more involved with organizations who raise awareness specifically for those who are also BRCA (1 or 2) positive.

Aside from being an advocate for breast cancer I also have interests in cooking, community support, patriotism, and many more, all of which I have touched upon in a blog or two over the years.  So as I wrote in my first blog, this blog is as multi-faceted as I am. 

Hope you are all still enjoying...  and continue to!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"As you wish"; The best movie I ever saw...

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One of my New Year's resolutions is to make a better effort to blog more often, and for my blog writing to improve over all.  To help me out in this resolution, I have become a member of Bloggy Moms an online community.  I also joined their Writer's Workshop group to help me start writing more often.

Their latest topic prompt is "The Best Movie I Ever Saw".  So here goes my first challenged blog.

To be honest, I am not really sure what the "best" movie I ever saw is/was; I have seen many movies that I considered great for many different reasons.  Each one had an appeal of its own, but I am not sure that any one of them stands alone as the BEST.

While no movie really stands out as "best" in my mind, one definitely stands out as my favorite.  The Princess Bride is my all time favorite movie, so I guess in its own way to me it is the "best".  Anyone reading this who has never seen it, stop reading right now, go to your nearest video rental and rent this movie, then come back and finish this post.

The tag line for this movie reads: "A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather)." It was released in 1987.  Its star studded cast includes Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk, Andre the Giant, Robin Wright and many more.  It is funny, touching and exciting all wrapped up in one.

The first time I saw this movie was in winter of 1988, I was in the USN stationed in Norfolk, VA attending "A" School.  After a date gone bad, a friend took me to the movies to cheer me up.  I guess the selection of this particular movie was on the money, because it was the perfect pick me up.  I thought for sure that its appeal would be limited to the circumstances that brought me to the movie theater that day, but here we are more than a decade later and the appeal continues. 

I own it on DVD so I can watch whenever I like.  If I happen to catch it on television, it is a must stop and watch moment.  I just never tire of the quirkiness of this movie.  While I can't quite recite the movie word for word (YET), there are definitely some memorable quotes from the movie that I can recount on a whim.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a Day On, Not a Day Off! Volunteer on this special day!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Today we observe the 25th Annual National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. For many it is a day off from school and work, for others it is just another day. But for all of us it should be a day to reflect on the values of Dr. King and to serve our community in a manner that would be honoring to his memory.  Great strides have been made over the years towards a nation of equality, but Dr. King’s dream of a nation of freedom and justice for all has yet to be reached.

When we look around in our communities we often can see the disparity that exists not only between racial lines but economic ones as well. In the economic climate in which our GREAT nation finds itself today it is especially evident that there is still much work to be done.

The question remains “who is going to do it”? Who will step in where Dr. King left off? We each hold a responsibility to step in to the gap and help our community, our nation, our world; what legacy will you leave for those to come?

The National Day of Service calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems (and in case you haven’t noticed lately, we have A LOT of them). Answer the call to serve if not today, then this week, this month or at least this year; do something to better your community, even if it is just for one person. You might find you will better yourself too!
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