Now that Project Runway is over, I’ve been searching for a new reality show fix. And lo and behold, the Food Network has delivered. I can’t stop watching their new series, The Chef Jeff Project.
Now that the sky has fallen on the U.S. economy, and terms like bailout, foreclosure, and recession have become a normal part of our everyday reality, it’s important for the United States to do some serious self-reflection. Based on the economic disparities in this country and around the globe, should our current crisis really come as such a surprise?
When was the last time you actually set aside time to do something nice for yourself? If you’re like many mothers, it may have been quite a while. With all the tasks and chores that are typically on the average mom’s “to do” list in a given week, it’s no wonder that many wind up feeling guilty if they veer from their normal schedule to do something fun or interesting, even if only for a few minutes.
The Secret Life of Bees (Rated PG-13) is worth seeing. Though the film’s been accused of being preachy, sappy, and borderline sticky sweet, Dakota Fanning had me at “I killed my mother when I was 4 years old.” If you don’t already know the plot from Sue Monk Kidd’s bestselling novel, Bees follows 14-year-old Lily Owens (Fanning) on a journey to uncover the secret past of the mother she accidentally murdered.
I came in the door expecting a miracle. Maybe not the feeding of five thousand or raising someone from the dead, but a miracle in my finances would’ve been nice. I was looking for affirmation of my desire to be successful in this lifetime.
As I listened to the speaker, I realized it was what I always wanted to hear. The magical formula was simple: Believe and receive. I was sitting on the edge of my seat. The feeling in the air was intense and magnetic. And the audience was jazzed. We were giving each other high fives–except we weren’t in a business conference or a ball game, but in a church.