I write this with a heart that is still so heavy with sadness for those who have lost their loved ones as a result of the terrorist acts on September 11th. Yet, I wonder if others are thinking of today more as “Football Sunday” vs. a day of remembrance? Have we forgotten about how we all promised to “come together”, “help each other” and #NeverForget the lessons of September 11, 2001?
It is the most unlikely of pairings! A social media correspondent expecting to just snap a few photos at an ESPY gift suite and a professional woman’s wrestler. But, somehow we bonded over a few laughs, high fives and realizing that life is good after your 30’s (and for me a bit beyond that.) Lisa Marie Varon is a class act. I instantly thought she was fun, funny and truly engaging.
You have heard about “blogging” and maybe even attempted to start your own without any guidance. Yet if your experience is like many I know, before you knew it frustration settled in and you gave up! No need to give up entirely – let me help by offering you a step by step “short- course” on surviving the writing of your first blog posts!
I am getting the sense that my “mature” demographic is not necessarily the one desired by brands, unless it is for medical equipment or pharmaceuticals. Maybe I am just having a bit of “post- birthday blues”. But, in all seriousness, lately, I have had more than one overt signal that I am too old to be a viable media specialist. I won’t lie – that stings a wee bit.
Recently, I have become a bit agitated by events going on around me. Our political arena seems to be topsy-turvy. Some people in my sphere are not making the best of choices and seem to be posting their very strong opinions and photos carelessly and without regard to whether or not they are experts in a field or being sensitive to the feelings of others. Some things are just not making sense.
Today a question by a blogger was posed on WORDPRESS – “What was your favorite post that you wrote in 2015?” That is a tricky question. The posts I enjoyed writing or felt had the most “impact” were within the “social good or philanthropy”. But, interestingly the post that had the most direct readership (from Wordpress directly vs. a “third party”) was a fashion blog – a topic I rarely discuss.
This post may be one of the most controversial that I have ever written. But here it goes…
This is a photograph of a poster I purchased at the Holocaust Museum more than a decade ago. “I didn’t speak up … and then they came for me”.
I interpret the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller as an important lesson. We need to be the voice for the voiceless. We should never forget humanity and to help the less fortunate. For if we do… then what?
Yet, I am afraid that many of us might have forgotten, as now we are filling our social media timelines, newspapers, magazines and on – air programming with comments that are often unkind words towards others or filled with vile protests. How can that be when the United States is a human tapestry full of cultural richness?
This Thursday I get the honor to join many of the worlds best actors on the red carpet for the Britannia awards. Each year the Los Angeles division of , BAFTA , the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, honor actors who have talent and heart beyond measure. This year the honorees are Dame Judi Dench, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Emma Watson, Robert Downey Jr. and Mike Leigh. And is that isn’t a star studded list try the presenters: Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx and Dustin Hoffman. …
Want to join me virtually? Simply go to TWITTER and follow @LouiseASL. Also, look for #Britannias hashtag. Follow all the action via the hashtag.
Do you have a question you want me to try to ask one of the honorees? Go ahead and use the comment section below or TWEET it to me. But don’t delay- the Britannia awards are in just three days!