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Dirty Laundry

This week’s poster is former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. Do you remember seeing his face on the news? Do you remember what he did to make him “news worthy”? Do you remember your reaction to it?

As I thought on what I would post, a song came to mind. It is a song that was made famous by Don Henley. Dirty Laundry. Here are the lyrics:

I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something, something I can use
People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry

Well, I could’ve been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear, give us dirty laundry

Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em all around

We got the bubbleheaded bleach-blonde, comes on at 5
She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It’s interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?  Is the head dead yet?
You know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
Get the widow on the set, we need dirty laundry

You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
Just leave well enough alone, keep your dirty laundry

Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
Kick ’em when they’re stiff, kick ’em all around

Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
Love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry

And if you would like to hear Don Henley belt it out, here’s the link for that:

Why is it that we love dirty laundry? I mean, weren’t we taught as small children that dirty laundry belongs in the dirty clothes hamper so that it can washed? We don’t want people to see our dirty laundry. We wouldn’t wear our dirty laundry out. (I like my clothes clean!) So, why do we want to see other people’s dirty laundry? We need to leave other people’s dirty laundry in their hamper and allow it to be cleaned.

This post is part of POTSC’s Never Beyond Poster Series.



I Saw My Face

People of the Second Chance really do know how to push you way beyond your comfort zone. And this video has done just that. (As if the previous posters from the Never Beyond series haven’t pushed me out my comfort zone.) This video left me in awe. The only word to express how I felt after watching it is, “Wow”. Really I can’t think of another word that does it justice.

As all the many faces were being shown in the video, it seems odd to consider that “these” people should be shown grace. I mean Hitler & Bin Laden? Almost unbearable to conceive that they too are ones we should show grace too. I will have to say though, that the face that hit me the most was Lindsey Lohan. Yep, I know she hasn’t done anything near what Hitler & Bin Laden have done, but her life has been plastered everywhere. We have all been kept up-to-date on all her screw-ups, mishaps, failures, and weaknesses. Maybe she stood out to me so much because I see a little bit of me in her. I can see a scared, confused girl who is trying desperately to figure out who she is. I see a girl wearing a plastered smile across her face, while screaming on the inside for someone to notice that she needs help. I see a girl who just wants to be loved. I have been that girl. I have walked that walk. I have spiraled out of control all the while wanting someone desperately to save me.

Who’s face can you see yourself in? Grace has no limits. No one is ever beyond grace.

This post is part of People of the Second Chance’s Never Beyond series.

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