We like our presidents to be one of us, a regular person who drinks Bud Light and knows who Taylor Swift is. But the reality is, that's just the packaging. We really want a person who's NOTHING like a normal human.
I was never properly diagnosed with anxiety, but my whole family has a problem, and it doesn't take a genius to figure it out. The world could be melting into a pit of fire and I would still be worried about whether or not I have apples at home for breakfast.
For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.
Devastating news for anyone who spent the past few months tracking Taylor Swift's romance with Conor Kennedy (even going as far as writing fan fiction about the singer's odd relationship with Conor's grandmother Ethel Kennedy): Taylor and Conor have allegedly broken up.
She is charm personified. Sort of half-innocent, half-smart, philosophically looking at her success and not believing it or being taken in by it. Don't know when I have been so impressed by a personality I don't even know and will probably never meet.
When is it a good time to meet your new flame's family? Is it a good idea to attend a big family event early in a relationship?
Maybe it's because I'm too old. Or maybe it's because I'm just plain jealous. Or maybe, seriously, it's because I train teachers and work with hundreds of adolescents. In any case, I'm seriously shocked at the lack of length of today's shorts and dresses.
Last week, Taylor Swift released the video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," her ridiculously catchy smash-hit new single from the upc...
This is not to suggest that Taylor has not experienced pain. Everyone has. But where she fails -- and where most pop music fails -- is that she has not communicated that pain in an honest way. She is not leveling with us, and in music, that doesn't fly.
What gets me are all the Kennedy-haters out there warning Taylor (in print) to "run don't walk" to the nearest exit; that Conor is a Kennedy and Miss Swift will surely end up in some tragic situation.
Sure, pop music seems to have little in the way of ... umm ... depth. The question is whether God is present even in what can seem to be vacuously superficial. Can what initially appears to be a cheesy song be a way to imagine God singing sweet nothings to you?
As useful and universal as the experience of living with the list has been, I can't help thinking: Isn't there something else we might add to the roster? We're always changing and growing, after all; mightn't The List reach in new directions too?
Wal-Mart continues to exploit its workers, and instead of doing the right thing, the company spends its money to buy workers an afternoon with Justin Timberlake in grass hula skirt.
At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20th, music nominees, presenters and performers such as Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Usher and Alicia Keys received a Sports Sac weekender bag full of goodies ranging from clothing to electronics to vacation getaways.
How do you define a hater? List qualities of a friend. Look at that list. Haters won't possess the qualities you seek out in people. Sometimes we have friends that are constantly tearing us apart -- no constructive criticism, just negativity.