April 2010 Entries
Jessica Simpson made a bold move by allowing herself to be photographed for the cover of Marie Claire’s May issue. The photo is untouched, showing what a normal person looks like without all the glamour. The pressure to look as good as the ionic Barbie is constant in our culture and needs to be opposed.
When I wrote last week’s blog about Kate Gosselin, I was writing from the perspective of a family therapist who has major concerns for what the Gosselin family is doing. Their lives are a media spectacle. That is a fact. My opinion is that she needs to get out of spotlight, start healing from the divorce and stop allowing the media to exploit her for ratings.
For weeks, American reality TV star Kate Gosselin left home to fly to Los Angeles to rehearse and perform on "ancing with the Stars" She even built a rehearsal space in her basement to practice in between shows. And according to Kate, her children were all for mommy leaving them each week.
Because of the recent teen suicides reported in the news, our national attention has once again been focused on cyber-bullying. No longer do we worry about the loud mouth school bully who pushes kids in the hall and name calls. Now, the academically bright and capable kids can use cyberspace as a weapon for jealousy, envy, and shear meanness.
About three months ago, my 84-year-old mom received a letter from the church she has been a member of for more than 60 years. The letter informed her that she no longer had voting privileges because of her lack of attendance on Sunday morning. Her absence is due her being bound to a wheelchair, which prevents her from being able to attend church on a regular basis.
Last week, I watched one of network television’s popular medical dramas. I felt incredibly sad at the end of the show because of one particular storyline: a wife was dying of lung cancer. Because there is no cure, she made the decision to end her life by physician-assisted suicide.