During a recent visit to the Denver Fire Fighter’s Museum, I learned about a really cool non-profit group, Firehouse Quilts of Colorado, Inc. This group of volunteers collects, sews, and donates quilts to fire departments, low-income hospitals, victim advocate offices, and women’s shelters so that the quilts can be passed out to women and children to help provide comfort during a difficult time. The volunteers collect fabric donations and schedule sew days at the Northridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch – no experience necessary. You can also donate assembled quilts either 45′ square or twin size. Any style or pattern will gladly be accepted. Detailed information can be found on their website at http://www.firehousequilts.org/.
This Saturday, March 13, you can take your current body lotion into a participating Bath & Body Works store and trade it in for a new, reformulated lotion – a $10.50 value. Several Denver area locations are on the participation list including: Aspen Grove, Southwest Plaza, Littleton Village Center at Highland, and The Shops at Jefferson. Contact your local Bath & Body Works to see if this deal is valid in a location near you.
Although I find the media attention that this topic is creating to be rather silly, I too have fallen into the reverse marketing trap behind Jean M. Twenge’s book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement. No doubt it is quite clever to create a buzz of such – stirring the defensive parental nature of the many parents who are choosing “unique” names for their children, but while I completely appreciate the clever marketing technique, I have to say that I find this topic to be quite predatory upon the many innocent babies given a name which does not fit into the confines of peer-group popularity. And, in defense of the accused parents, how about the research behind the possible spiritual or cultural meaning of the given name? This just might reveal strong religious beliefs, family values, and other characteristics completely contradictory to the position of the proposed theory. Finally, lets define “unique”. What is unique one season is a widespread epidemic the next, as demonstrated in The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. So, lets not point fingers at well-intended parents or condemn innocent children. Instead, lets turn to the ever insightful words of William Shakespeare, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Romeo and Juliet, 2.2.