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I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Reality Show Proposals

If you dislike reality shows as much as I do, you've probably just hoped they would GO AWAY. However, that doesn't seem to be happening. So I've been thinking about reality shows that would actually HELP us as a society. Ty Pennington does a good job of that and Oprah did, too, but most people don't believe that they can do something that big. How about some competitive reality shows that every family can learn from, participate in, and aspire to. Here are my ideas:

1. Manners Mania! Families can enter to be one of five families 'spied upon' for a week. The family who treats each other and others with the nicest manners (remember, manners are about treating others with respect) wins. The fun part is you don't know you've been chosen until *after* the spying week. And with five families a week, it won't get too boring, AND lots of families can participate.

2. Grub Grammar! Fast food restaurants can participate to see which locations have the best communication skills. Grammar is, of course, about communication after all, and shouldn't any business want to have exemplary communication with customers? Again, it would be a 'spying' thing with several participating locations and a weekly winner.

3. Fresh Families! Families compete to see who can prepare the freshest, healthiest, most delicious meals including snacks using only local products. It would showcase families with gardens and other resourceful ideas that could inspire our country to be more healthy!

4. Battle of the Schools! SCHOOLS compete in areas like reading the most books, learning math skills the fastest (like multiplication tables and other basics), and physical fitness. Schools get bonus points for things like math fairs, science fairs, and writing projects. Winning schools receive much-needed funds for one of these programs.

That's the kind of reality TV I'd like to watch,and I think others would, too. What do you think? Would you watch any of these shows? Other ideas? Does anyone know any producers?

Have a great day.

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