Seeing Lots of Lavish Spending Lately

I can’t help but cringe when I hear about girls on “The Bachelor” getting highly expensive gifts — beautiful lodging, designer clothes, diamond necklaces — when so many people in this economy are struggling to survive day to day.

I just finished watching this show, so the lavishness of it all is on my mind. I get a similar feeling when I think about all of the money that’s spent making films and music videos.

Sarah McLachlan, my fav singer, put together a great music video back in 2004 for her song “World on Fire.” The video only cost $15 to make. It’s not the best-produced video (the text, at times, runs across the screen too quickly), but for $15 it’s pretty darn good. And its message is even better. Watch the video to better understand McLachlan’s belief that a little money can go a long way toward helping those less fortunate.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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