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Competitive Giving

DeeTee From DeeTee:  … Can you say “oxymoron”??

Basically, I like Oprah.  I don’t agree with all she says or does; however, if one were to ask, “Does she do more good than harm?” I think the answer would be overwhelmingly YES.   Sometimes I’ve seen a particular show of hers just when I needed to see it, and that is very helpful, personally.  Sometimes I’ve seen shows that leave me aghast.  Well, that’s TV for ya…

However, I feel I must comment on Oprah’s “Big Give” show — which, admittedly I never watched, more than five minutes — but she’s talked about it multiple times on her show and I’ve read about it elsewhere (see “Living Oprah” link below)…

As I understand it, contestants were given a set of rules, a lot of money, and then… they had to be the best “giver” — or at least, not the worst — to remain on the show for another week. 

I know that a lot of people benefited from this show.  It may have even influenced some people to attempt charitable endeavors that they wouldn’t have otherwise.  But… competitive giving?  To be judged, weekly, on whether you were “giving” enough — and it’s not even your money to begin with?  I mean Oprah (or Harpo) provided the $$.  And the winner — and all the contestants, even those who were eliminated — were each given hefty $$gifts from Oprah for their time and service — and the contestants were COMPLETELY SURPRISED.

OH    COME    ON.  I don’t believe it for a minute.  And I don’t believe that we — we the American people, the society — need to watch a GAME show to know what we need to do in our lives.  I appreciate that Oprah sets such a good example, publicly, when it comes to giving charity; however, the rest of us are morally obligated to be as charitable as we can, and to do unto others, whether or not Oprah sets the example.

Rather than ramble on further at this point — I’m sure to mention Oprah in future posts — let me recommend two highly entertaining Oprah links:

The first is a blog called Living Oprah.  The blogger, “LO” (Living Oprah — get it?) is performing an experiment:  she has committed herself to following ALL of Oprah’s advice, daily (whether or not the advice is conflicting, or expensive), and then she posts about it.  LO’s blog is extremely intelligent, and the commentary she receives on her posts is also well-worth reading — it’s thoughtful, funny, and challenging.  Once you check out this blog, you won’t be able to stop reading it!

The second link is something I found while reading “Living Oprah”:  It’s a satirical article, “Oprah Launches Own Reality,” in the satirical newspaper The Onion.  A relatively short article, it’s extremely clever:  “Developed over the past three years by the theoretical physics wing of her company, Harpo Productions, >OpraH was reportedly created by tearing a small hole in the fabric of known reality.”  If you like witty satire, this is a MUST-read!  — And if my name was Oprah and I said “you must read this,” chances are you’d read it! 😉

Time to get some sleep…

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April 29, 2008 at 1:20 am 1 comment

Just a Few Cool Links…

DeeTee From DeeTee:  My friend “the other Mary” (see comment for “The Magic of Mary Oliver”) sent me some really cool links last month, and I want to publish them here:

The “Falcon Cam” of the Evanston Public Library:  Peregrine falcons have been nesting there for several years (I assume because they want their nestlings to be well-educated).  Well, they have a camera set up that updates the picture of the birds, and their nest, every few minutes.  The Other Mary warned me that I’d become addicted, so I didn’t watch right away… and I missed watching the eggs appear!   😦  As the mother and father take turns sitting on the eggs, we will eventually witness the eggs crack and the chicks hatch… now how cool is that?!

Measure for Measure,” a New York Times blog, has several renowned songwriters blogging on the songwriting process which, of course, is different for each and every person.  These writers include:  Andrew Bird (Chicago singer/songwriter & amazing performer), Darrell Brown, Rosanne Cash, and Suzanne Vega (I’m not providing links to each artist, as they are already provided on that blog).  Whether or not you write songs — whether or not you know all these artists — if you are at all interested in the creative process, this is a fascinating read.

Thanks, Other Mary, for the links, and hope y’all enjoy them!

April 11, 2008 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment


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