Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Problem With Cinderella

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The Problem With Cinderella

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The Problem With Cinderella

By, Celli Arenas

It’s spring again, a time to refresh and renew our senses.  We will have the time to reflect upon what inspires us most, make plans, and press forward into the newness of Spring that Mother Earth has provided. Spring also blooms the thoughts of true love, classic true love; love like we see in the movies! This spring, Disney has released the live-action remake of Cinderella. The movie is described as a Science Fiction Film/Fantasy Film, and is rated PG.  It was released to theaters on March 13, 2015, making it part of  a “tent-pole” trend in filmmaking.  Eric Diaz, of “The Nerdist” says this of the live-action trend: “This past weekend, Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella cleaned up at movie theaters, making over $70 million dollars just at the domestic box office alone. This follows up last year’s surprise hit Maleficent, and before that, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The next couple of years see live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast as well as The Jungle Book hitting cinemas. It’s clear now that Disney now has yet another [tent-pole] “franchise” in the form of live-action retellings of their classic animated movies.” (“5 Live-Action Remakes of Animated Classic Disney“)

imgres-2To the credit of Director: Kenneth BranaghCostume design: Sandy PowellFeatured songs: A “Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes“,”Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Bo“, and Producers: Allison Shearmur, Simon Kinberg, David Barron; this live action version of the timeless classic was skillfully and beautifully done. The visual aesthetic of the film is breathtaking.  The performance of Oscar-winning, Cate Blanchette was riveting.  She makes for a convincing and eerily wicked villainess. Kudos to her performance, she stole the show!  

In summary, “After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and step sisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.” (Google)search-1

So, what’s the problem? It is a fantasy film, science fiction film, strictly for entertainment, right? Why analyze the implications of the this classic tale of true love?  That’s why, “the classic tale of TRUE love,” is the problem.  Many women grew up watching Cinderella, reading books, and making trips to Disneyland/Disney World to take a picture with Cinderella and Prince Charming. Scores of little girls want princess dresses and crowns, princess tea parties and want to live the science fiction/fantasy as if it were their own true life.  We teach little girls to visualize fantasy/science fiction as something plausible and realistic that can happen in their own real lives by creating activities for them, and dressing them up like the princesses we see in film.

search Women believe the concept of being considered princesses to their fathers and queens to their husbands. While watching the movie I saw scores of little princesses drag their grandmas and moms to see the live-action film (probably for the 5th time since it was released).  It was particularly  cute when I heard one little “princess” squeal, “Daddy” when Prince Charming stroked the cheek of Cinderella, while admiring her flawless beauty.  I instantly thought, wow, this baby is two years old and automatically connects Prince Charming to her Daddy (thereby, possibly seeking the same type of man for her own future husband).

There are many connections being made from watching this film that will have lasting effects in the lives of millions of little girls all over the world.  When “classic true love” doesn’t occur the same way as it did for Ella, in this science fiction/fantasy film, some women will become discouraged and want to give up on love completely because they have not yet found their very own, “Prince Charming”.  This is the problem with Cinderella!

Ladies, it is just a fantasy. Although the notion and concept are beautiful, and dream inspiring, we must be able to separate reality from fiction and act accordingly. We also have to remember that this story is just a dream, created by Hollywood to make money.

There is such a thing as a “Prince Charming” out there for you; you just have to create your own realistic criteria, and recognize him when you see him.

Have you watched the live-action version Cinderella, in theaters now?  What are your thoughts?

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Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas, published author, has been featured in several magazines, such as: MIA Magazine, Success Magazine, Legacy Magazine. She is the host blogger at http://www.cellibration.com, and hosts MIA-Live.net for BlogTalk Radio. Her books, “30 Days of Dynamic Pursuit” a self-help journal, and “Sidetracked: He Used To Love Me”, a coming of age novel,  are both available at amazon.com.

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Birthday Wishes

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The Dash Between

by Ron Tranmer©

I knelt there at the headstone

of one I love and cried.

Name, with dates of birth and death

were perfectly inscribed.

 

I pondered these two dates

and how little they both mean

when compared to the tiny dash

that lies there in between.

 

The dash serves as an emblem

of our time here on the earth,

and although small, it stands for all

our years of life, and worth.

                 

And our worth will be determined

by how we live each day.

We can fill our dash with goodness,

or waste our life away.

 

To ourselves, as well as others,

let’s be honest, kind and true,

and every day, live the way

we know God wants us to.

 

May we look for opportunities

to do a worthy deed,

and reach out with compassion

to those who are in need.

 

For If our hearts are full of love

throughout our journey here,

we’ll be loved by all who knew us

and our memory they’ll hold dear.

 

And when we die, these memories

will bring grateful, loving tears,

to all whose lives were touched

by the dash between our years.

You gave us a great “dash,” Happy Birthday, Mama. 

 

 

Rest in peace



Clean Water Project: Ethiopia

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Clean Water Project: Ethiopia

Clean Water Project: Ethiopia

By, Celli Arenas

Today is Women’s Day, and I could not be more proud of my cousin, Christina Arenas, than I am today! She posted over 50 pictures to her social media accounts that give us a peek into what she is currently doing to provide clean water and sustainable filtration systems in Ethiopia.

She recently shared some of her experiences in her blog.  She writes, “Addis is the capital of Ethiopia, and it is indeed a developing city.  There’s construction everywhere!! What I found most refreshing about the development is that most of the businesses are Ethiopian owned and operated.  Which allows for great economic opportunities for Ethiopians.   Although they are making much progress, the poverty is clearly noticed.  But you would never know that they were living in poverty due to the pride they have for their nation.   It is inspirational to see the hope, strength and the endless possibilities for this country.

While I am here I will be researching the benefits of integrating Sanitation and Hygiene Services with Improved Water Services for schools and communities in urban and rural areas.  I will be able to witness the progress WaterAid Ethiopia has contributed to Ethiopia achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.” Discover more here.

Arenas will return to the US very soon, and I am sure that she will have lots to say about her journey. Here are a few photos of the project, I hope her work inspires us all to do something! Make your actions speak louder than your words. ‪#‎grow‬

photo credits:  Christina Arenas

Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas

Celli Arenas, published author, has been featured in several magazines, such as: MIA Magazine, Success Magazine, Legacy Magazine. She is the host blogger at http://www.cellibration.com, and hosts MIA-Live.net for BlogTalk Radio. Her books, “30 Days of Dynamic Pursuit” a self-help journal, and “Sidetracked: He Used To Love Me”, a coming of age novel,  are both available at amazon.com.

Follow@sidetrackedbook on Instagram & Twitter