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A Mad Men, Netflix Hole

A Mad Men, Netflix Hole

May 22, 2014

By Mo Breden I fell into a Mad Men Netflix Hole this past month. My brother suggested I give Mad Men a try based on the fact that I’m a woman, and as he put it, “ the whole feminist thing”, but I had to prompt him for the word feminist, because he couldn’t quite put it together. I had actually resisted watching the series, because in my early career I was still living in a world that openly discriminated against women in the workplace. But I had seen many awards go to the show, awards I thought should have gone to some of my favorite shows at the time, so I went ahead and fell in, face first, to the Netflix Hole, that is. The writing on Mad Men, was excellent, therefore, the series has some twists and turns and edge of your seat moments. The acting, for the most part, is good. The show hits the bull’s eye as my memory recalls 1960s New York City and fashion at the time. It really is quite funny at times. My stomach turns and the hair on the back of my neck stands straight up at the comments, the sexual banter, the accurate portrayal of women and men in the workplace and the reactions of women in general during this time in American history. Certain episodes should be mandatory viewing for women of younger generations because they really think that the way it is now is the way it always was. Women had to fight, for years before and years after the 1960s, to achieve the things young women now take for granted. More attention should be paid to the sacrifices and hardships all women have been subjected to in the fight for equal treatment under the law. It is still lacking, today. The “star” of the show, the character, Don Draper, played excellently by the stunningly beautiful Jon Hamm is endearing at first. However, after several years of watching him drink, smoke and romance every female except Peggy Olsen, because she wasn’t “pretty enough”, I began to wonder how Don Draper must smell. At that point the show was over for me. The...

Shopping Malls, Pregnancy and the Zombie Apocalypse

Shopping Malls, Pregnancy and the Zombie Apocalypse

May 20, 2014

In 1978 George A. Romero released the second film in his zombie saga. The movie was “Dawn of the Dead”. The film was so incredibly violent that he released it unrated to avoid the dreaded “X” rating. The movie came with a warning that went as follows: “There is no explicit sex in this picture. However, there are scenes of violence which may be considered shocking. No one under 17 will be admitted.” (Side-note: The drive-in where I first saw this movie did not enforce this. I was 11 years old.) The movie was a bright and colorful and is almost comic book in it’s look. It was a dark satire about society. The movie was indeed violent, tense, funny and one hell of a trip. The movie received critical praise which was, for the most part, rarely given to films of this nature. Mr. Romero’s follow-up to “Night of the Living Dead” has withstood the test of time and is just a fun and fresh as it was when first released in 78. One other thing he brought to the table was the heroine of the movie. A pregnant television executive named Francine Parker. She was not your run of the mill female character in a horror film where women are usually victims. It is this mother to be that is the subject of this column. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: The Mommy Edition. As the film opens the first character we see is Francine Parker. She is taking a nap and waking from a terrible nightmare as the title of the movie appears. She looks around the television station she works for and realizes that nightmare is real. The zombie apocalypse started in “Night of the Living Dead” is now out of hand. The station is broadcasting on the Emergency Network with their so-called “experts” dishing out theoretical information. There is also a list of shelters scrolling at the bottom of television screens everywhere. Francine realizes that they are outdated and people are being sent to shelters that have closed down. She tells an employee to shut the scroll down. The station manager demands that it be put back up...

Out With the Old

Out With the Old

May 19, 2014

It’s Monday. Mondays can be overwhelming, drudgery, lackluster. So, take something off your plate. In fact, clear the entire thing! We have spoken about the importance of clear space, avoiding clutter, and a calm physical place. Revisit your intentions to de-clutter your life. Get rid of one thing. Clear one area a day. It helps. I promise. My own intentions were to keep things clear once I cleaned them. That’s not my reality. I am just not the type of person who does things in a neat and orderly fashion!  That’s OK. Spring is a great time to start again. It’s been a few months since my last concerted effort, and I invite you to re-join me in clearing away the leaves to make room for the sun! Give your budding ideas room to grow. Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

But I Don’t Know How…

But I Don’t Know How…

May 15, 2014

If you feel trapped… If you feel stuck… If you don’t know how to change your negative thinking or behavior… If you feel like you have lost part of yourself… Start with where you are right now. Change is so easy to talk about.  People offer all kinds of advice on how to “just do something different.” Can you hear, Dr. Phil ask, “How’s that working for ya’?”  I can.  And I get it.   I “get” that negativity is embedded in our minds and hearts, and that only WE can change it.  I “get” that if an unhealthy pattern is acting itself out over and over again, that it is up to us to pull ourselves from its grip.  But what if we don’t know how… Start with where you are right now.   It’s easy to suggest mindfulness, gratitude, meditation, the clearing of space, exercise (you name it) as a solution.  But what if those things simply feel too far away?  How do you feel grateful for a life you hate? How can you be mindful in a mind full of pain and disdain for itself? Start with where you are right now.   Where are you right now?  For me, I am outside of my body.  I am floating in a space that allows me to keep moving but not process or change. Getting out of bed takes all my will-power.  Focusing on gratitude feels too large.  I’m focusing on the present, but I am detached from feeling.  I put my hands over my heart. I feel the heart beat.  I pause.  This is where I am. right. now. Start with where you are right now.   With your heart beating, what can you grab onto immediately.  Is there a calm?  Grab on to that, even for a moment.  Is there a thought? A question?  Grab on to it.  Explore it for a second.  Is there nothing but a beat?  That’s OK.  Sit there with it for a second. Can you feel the connection with your mind and your heart? Can you start to feel more inside your own skin? Start with where you are right now.   May is Mental Health Awareness...

You Are Flawless

You Are Flawless

May 14, 2014

After a particularly difficult week away, where I was constantly reminded of my shortcomings (from others or from my own, evil, inner-voice), I wanted to share a great video with you.  Tess Munster,  Nadia Aboulhosn, and GabiFresh created a video of Beyonce’s Flawless, letting people know that #everyBODYisflawless Not only do we rake ourselves over the coals about how we look or should look, we forget about loving ourselves in the current moment.  I have allowed too many negative voices SHAME me into hating myself–and hate never leads to love. Hope this video lifts your spirits, as it did mine.  Hope you can find your own flawless and shining diamond in your own heart.  Hope you can see that light shine in others, regardless of how they look or what they weigh! WATCH VIDEO ON VEMO HERE! P.S.  If you are at work, maybe you should put your headphones on….or wait until you can really jam out with it at home! Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

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