This video was a project that I worked on last semester (with two other students) that I felt I couldn’t redo even if I tried. I decided to repost it as part of my video pitch for this blog.
Although the project was complete as a group, the cause is dear to my heart and something that I have been doing monthly for the last six months.
We have so many charities in the world for those families and individuals that are less fortunate. It is several programs that serve the needs of others through food pantries, utility assistance programs, domestic violence shelters, and programs like toys for tots.
Some people look forward to this time of year, Christmas time. Others look forward to Valentine’s day. The most important day to me are birthdays. Birthdays are the only day of the year that belongs to you (except if you are a twin or your sibling happens to be born on the same day).
Since this day so important to me, it lead to me thinking about children that live in domestic violence or homeless shelters. These children didn’t ask to be put in these type of situations yet they are in them. We take for granted the cake and cards we receive or the love that our friends and families show to us. With that said, I wanted to give back but not in the normal sense of giving back. I wanted to think of something that is different to provide to these children. Something that could put a smile on the face of these children that were facing diversity in their lives. Cupcakes for a Cause gives these children a special moment to feel special.
If I could have dinner with one person living or dead, my answer for years has been the late, great Sam Cooke. Nicknamed the King of Soul, Sam was an American singer-songwriter and recording artist who is generally considered to be one of the greatest of all time. He is known for being a pioneer in the field of soul, credited with giving rise to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye to name a few. In addition to this, he is also my all-time favorite musician across all genres. While I would love to talk to Sam about his music, there is another side of him which I would use this dinner to learn about. Sam Cooke was one of the first musicians to take an active role in the Civil Rights movement. Continue reading Dinner with the King of Soul
I’ve been asked this question, or questions similar to this, on numerous occasions. I never know what to say. My knee-jerk reaction is to simply name a favorite athlete or musician of mine, such as Magic Johnson or Bruce Springsteen. This time around, as I thought more and more about the prompt, I came to the conclusion that if I could have dinner with only one person, it would need to be someone that I felt I would both relate with, and would be able to give me monumental and influential advise/insight about life and the meaning of life. These conditions have led me to choose Bobby Jones as the one person I would have dinner with. Continue reading The Meaning of Life: The Perspective of Bobby Jones
Wow, a very open ended blog post! I love it. I like how this blog is evolving in terms of content and style.
I would have dinner with John Mayer. If you know me at all, this is extremely believable. Despite the flak I may receive from my peers, I stand by my statement. But why John Mayer? Continue reading John Mayer
Overall, we really enjoyed our time as the Blog Council this week. The posts prompted lots of comments and interesting discussion. Moving forward, don’t forget to go back and read the first couple of posts, as they have been receiving significantly less comments the past few weeks. This week several blogs received comments and likes from outside readers, which is a great sign. Another positive from this week is that the comments were more of a flowing conversation. As a result, multiple blogs had over 10 comments, something that we did not see at the start of the semester. Continue reading Blog Council Response on Relationships
The Vice Guide to the Japanese love industry revealed Japan as a country where both time using electronics and time spent furthering one’s career has begun to trump time spent on human relationships, and where people are willing to commoditize absolutely anything. The combination of these two traits leads to a culture where it is plausible to have a thriving industry of recreational love and affection. Do I think these types of relationships are better than relationships of the past? Personally, no, but at the same time how can one deny the influences mass consumers.
Continue reading Money apparently CAN buy you happiness
I’m not sure that I’ll ever be okay with paying a stranger to gaze deeply into my eyes.
Can you purchase intimacy? What are patrons of a cuddle cafes or host clubs really expecting out of their visits?
It’s said that prostitution is ‘the world’s oldest profession’ but historically has been associate with exclusively physical pleasure, not emotional intimacy. Emotional connections might even be discouraged. How can non-physical desires be commodified and still believable? The cuddle cafe worker admits she has no emotional attachment to her clients, yet she makes her living by convincing them otherwise. I am shocked by the ease that emotional intimacy can be ‘faked’. Intimacy doesn’t sound congruous with stranger.
Continue reading Life in the Fast Lane: A Working Woman Don’t Need No Man
Like many of my peers, I was shocked by some of what I saw in the video. I continually thought back to our discussions of truth/journalism/art and considered how prevalent this “love industry” really is in Japan. The video made it seem as if everyone in Japan prefers being single over being in any sort of relationship. Continue reading Trending Downward