I was thinking that maybe I should change my name from Eclectic Woman to Forgotten Women. A few days off to fight this lousy cold, and the hits go right down the tubes. I’m sure everyone on the net hasn’t read all my posts yet, so let’s get this ball rolling!
I did hit the 1000 spam mark while I’ve been under the weather. I told you those words would do it. I probably should have included Oprah in my list – I’d have probably closed in on 2000.
Did you watch her new show “The Big Give?” I did. I like the concept, but I think she’s simply ripping off ideas from several existing shows and trying to blend them into one. I wasn’t really impressed with the show itself – the format, editing, the lack of depth. But the concept of giving to those who don’t have is important. So I give her an A for effort and a B for results.
I have a problem with all of the shows that do these huge giveaways, although I like what they do for the individuals involved. I know they’re supposed to encourage others to get involved in their own neighborhoods. Maybe a show like “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” does that better than most, because they show how, when one person does something small (bang in a nail, carry in a chair, etc) and you have a bunch of “one persons”, it can turn into something big. I think that’s the same theory Friends of Pine Ridge operates on. Individually, most of us could not do something like furnish the needed science equipment for a school. But when the project is presented to the group and each of us contributes what we can afford to, every kids gets what they need to learn.
I realize that the giveaway shows can’t help everyone, but they do take the “worst case scenario” approach. It’s almost a competition to see who’s got the biggest, saddest tale of woe. I think that leaves out a whole lot of people who don’t need a whole house or a million bucks to have their problems solved. They simply need access to the same opportunities most of the rest of us have.
Take the homeless woman with two teen children who was one of the “challenges” on Oprah’s show. She seemed articulate and appeared to have the will to succeed. The contestants found her a place to live and raised the money for her to stay there for a while. Okay, for the immediate future. They got her kids scholarship money for their higher education. Good, for the future. They got her a car. Good, for the immediate future. They didn’t think long term. They didn’t give her the means to maintain those things. A job, people!! That would have solved many more problems and given more self esteem than a giveaway of goodies.
I do wonder how a few of the contestants on Oprah’s new show were chosen. I could understand the thinking in most cases, but there were a couple that just didn’t seem to have a clue. Were they thrown into the mix so the judges would have any easier time deciding the first week? And why judges at all?? Oh yeah, for the reason that one of them will win a million dollars as the best giver (I know they didn’t know that when they signed up, but it still seems odd to me).
Back to my question, why have judges at all? It’s too subjective an area to have 3 so-called experts deciding who does the best job. Especially when the judges were chosen because they are friends of Oprah who believe in giving. Who’s to say that giving a house or a car or cash to pay off student loans is the most valuable gift? They ought to hold that million dollar prize for 5 years and check back in on the recipients at that time, to see whose lives were really changed. Then give out the prize.
Ah, well, at least some money is going out of Oprah’s very full pockets to those who have need. I certainly can’t complain about that.
I have to admit that I am ambivalent about Oprah. I think she’s done some really important work, breaking ground by presenting issues on her talk show that at one time were taboo. I think her heart is in the right place. But I sometimes wonder if she’s getting to full of herself now. I think the thing that bugs me most is that, on the one hand, she will present a show that talks about the dangers of alcohol and destruction it can bring to folks. On the next show, perhaps about entertaining or relaxing or taking care of your health, she makes comments about Margaritas or some other alcoholic beverage – how good they taste, how she likes hers made, what the best vodka is, how you just need a good drink now and again. Enough comments that it makes me question her own relationship with alcohol (I’m not saying she’s an alcoholic – she just talks about booze a lot, if you listen).
I better get off the soap box for a while – with the sinus blockage, I’m getting a little dizzy up here. Isn’t it good fortune that I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for today even before I got sick? My quarterly check in and check up on the fibromyalgia.
I am trying so hard to get rid of this cold before it becomes a sinus infection and bronchitis. I’m leaving Saturday morning for a week-long driving vacation (good thing we save up extra before we go considering the way gas prices are headed) – Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Hershey. Hockey, hockey, hockey!!! Maybe a few other things in between.
I think I’ll sit here and “think healthy thoughts” for a while. Try to boost my immune system!