11 Things I Learned From 'Steel Magnolias'

11 Things I Learned From 'Steel Magnolias'

There is no such thing as natural beauty.
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"Steel Magnolias" is a movie that every girl in the south should have to watch in her lifetime. What I've learned from such a quirky and comical movie is what it actually means to be a southern woman. In the words of Ouiser Boudreaux, "We're supposed to put on funny looking hats and ugly old dresses and grow vegetables in the dirt" but Ms. Ouiser proves that there is more to a southern woman than traditional characteristics.

1. Beauty shops are full of more than just gossip.

2. Blush and bashful are more than just "pink and pink."

Pink can be in anyone's color palette and if you're anything like Shelby Eatenton Latcherie, you'd be too afraid to get your colors done in fear that pink isn't a color that suits you best. Any shade of pink is elegant. If blush and bashful are you're favorite colors, you know their is a significant difference between them and just plain ole pink.

3. The most unexpected thing can be the beginning of something great.

The only way to get over anything is to except it as one of live's occurrences and move on. Life has troubles and heartaches but those moments are what shapes us for what's to come of life. Though, an occasional outburst is necessary once in a while- its human.

6. A nagging mother is a caring mother.

We all have Shelby Eatenton's mother -- the mother who cares just a little too much but we love her with our whole hearts. M'Lynn taught me that having a mother who cares too much is the only perfect mother to have. My mother nags and constantly tells me things I should stray from but of course I ignore it and have to learn the hard way. When I learn the hard way, mom is always there to pick me back up.

7. When things get far too serious, "slap Ouiser Boudreaux!"

Sometimes life gets rough and we don't know how to carry on. But, just like Clairee did in Steel Magnolias, cause a scene where someone gets hit! Whether or not someone actually gets hit, it will make for some laughs. Clairee taught me that life is too short to be so serious.

8. Christmas decorations will never be too tacky.

Annelle Dupuy Desoto taught me that having a love for Jesus doesn't have to stop on Sunday mornings after church, but it can continue through Christmas decorations. You can never have enough Christmas decorations. Even baby Jesus ornaments can be spectacular!

9. We all can relate to Ouiser Boudreaux.

Ouiser Boudreaux is a hateful woman who hates men but she is a caring woman. She taught me that to be a southern woman doesn't mean just big hats, dresses and a green finger, but it is to be independent and strong willed. All stubborn women have a soft side to them.

10. All families have a Drum Eatenton.

Every family, including mine has Drum Eatenton. He's the man who doesn't listen to what his wife wants and does what all men do--irresponsible things. But, though he does what he wants, he is quite comical in his actions. Drum Eatenton is the classic man -- you can't help but love him.

11. Some friendships are too colorful for words.

The friendship between the ladies of the Chiquapin Parish is something wonderful and priceless. Each woman of this movie experiences hardships, laughs, and death but nothing brings their friendship closer than each other. Steel Magnolias is a classic movie that teaches the true meaning of friendship. It teaches the true meaning of what it means to be a southern women. Most of all, it teaches the true mean of what it means to be a "steel magnolia."

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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