Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
William Shatner is BornWilliam Shatner was born on this day in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on this day in 1931. Shatner is best known for portraying Captain James Kirk on TV’s original Star Trek TV series which ran on NBC from 1966-1969. In 1973 he voiced the character for an animated Saturday morning TV series. In the mid 1970’s Paramount began working on a new TV series called Star Trek: Phase Two but then switched their attention to create the feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture released in 1979. Shatner then appeared in other Star Trek movies with the last, Star Trek: Generations, released in 1994. Shatner has also written numerous fiction and non-fiction books related to the famed TV series. However, Shatner has also had starring roles in other properties including T.J. Hooker (1982-1986), 3rd Rock From the Sun (1999-2000), Boston Legal (2004-2008), $#*! My Dad Says (2010-2011) and most recently, Better Late than Never (2016). His most recent work includes voicing the character of Two-Face for the upcoming Batman ’66 animated movie with Adam West and Burt Ward.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
MUSINGSThe other day I saw a headline that read “Kim Kardashian Poses Topless in Bed on Social Media” and my immediate reaction was, “Why is this news?” or better yet, “Why is this still news?”
In 2016, Kardashian addressed why she posts these kinds of selfies (after National Women’s Day no less) saying, “I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world."
Seriously? Thank you for your contribution to the world Kim. Unfortunately, a lot of girls and women are seeing Kim’s “flawed” body and thinking less of themselves.
A couple of days later Julia, a friend of my wife and mine, wrote a post on Facebook. Those who know Julia know that she is beautiful inside and out, but like many, she struggles at times dealing with her self-image, beauty and measuring up to others. Self-image is something all of us struggle with (even celebrities who break the internet) but there has to be a better way. I think my friend Julia found it and (with her permission) thought I'd share it with you:
Beyond the Mirror by Julia Ruland Eke
Went to put on my pants this morning and noticed my preset belt size was very loose. No, this is not a weight loss post about how I'm trying so hard to lose weight and be thin. This is a remarkable outcome of what happens when I finally accept myself. When I stop trying to kill myself at the gym. When I stop obsessing about what I eat. When I finally have a level of peace and happiness that drives me into motion each day. When I let God take over every part of me, even the parts I think shouldn't be that important to Him. This is then the encouragement I need to realize I'm finally doing it right this time. By letting God show me how to love myself.