Thoughts on the Meaning of Life… Todd Helmkamp

Archive for March, 2008

My New Blog!!

Posted by Vogeler on March 27, 2008

Dear Readers:

I would like to invite you to check out my new blog, The Greener Christian!  From the “About Me” page:

“I started this blog as a way to chronicle my journey into a more sustainable lifestyle, because I believe that as a Christian, I have a responsibility to be a good steward of the Creation that God has entrusted to us. I will be sharing stories, tips, recipes, photos, news items, and calls to action.”

I’m very excited about this new adventure!  I will still maintain this blog for personal news, family announcements, random stuff, and theological discussions that don’t pertain to the green lifestyle, but I hope that you’ll join me in my new endeavor!

Thanks for being a loyal reader, and God bless!


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Please Pray

Posted by Vogeler on March 12, 2008

Hey all,

I just got a phone call.  My Grandpa Smith passed away this morning.  Please pray for the family.



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Today’s Pictures

Posted by Vogeler on March 12, 2008

Here are some pictures my lovely wife, Bethany, sent me today.


The above picture is our family.  Apparently Luke (my almost-three-year-old) got out the modeling clay today.  Here is a direct quote of his description of the sculptures:

“My big daddy, my momma with a flower, my luke with a cap hat, and my little tiny brother”.

Absolutely priceless!!

Now, our next picture was taken by me.  Those of you who know me know that I have an odd sense of humor.  Keeping that in mind, I have captioned the next picture, “They Sure Start Young”.


Ha ha!  Isn’t that terrible?!

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Daddy, I Want Shrek!!

Posted by Vogeler on March 5, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, Luke and I went to the grocery to give Mommy a break (from both  shopping and us).  I’m not usually allowed to go grocery shopping because I always blow the budget with a bunch of junk food or other stuff that wasn’t on the list (“But honey, they had frozen pizza on sale, 10 for $20!!).  The irony of all this is that I am the one that originally, after much math and price checking at a couple of different stores, set the budget amount.  Oh well.

Anyway,  I grabbed some Spaghetti O’s to throw in the cart for lunch for Luke some day that week, and he told me I grabbed the wrong ones.  “Daddy, I want Shrek ‘Speggy O’s’!”

You could have knocked me over with feather.  Bethany had told me that he always asked for stuff with Shrek or Lightning McQueen (from the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars”) on it, but it never really sank in until he asked me for it.

He is not even three years old, and he’s asking for food with a cartoon character on the label?!

He doesn’t watch network, cable, or satellite TV (because we don’t have it), so he never sees ads at home (he watches a little bit at grandma’s).  But seeing his favorite characters on food labels is enough for him to want that particular can, even though it is twice the price of the regular can that has the same stuff in it.

I am appalled, to say the least.

I am a big fan of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.  They are an organization that has helped open my eyes to the fact that marketing is now aimed at children.  I don’t want my boys to become infected with the “gotta have more stuff” bug.***

I highly recommend joining the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and taking action against companies that market to children.  The things they are marketing are NOT consistent with the values that I hold dear, and I’m putting a stop to it.

Here are some other great resources about marketing in general and how it affects us:

Article on child marketing on Get Rich Slowly

Article about general marketing on Get Rich Slowly

So now I pose the question to you readers:

If you have children, are you concerned about the effects of marketing on them?  Why or why not?

If you don’t have children, are you concerned about the effects of marketing in general?  If you are planning to have kids, will you limit their exposure to marketing?  Why or why not?

I look forward to your thoughts!

***I am not immune to this bug.  I wanted the nursery theme for our newborn, Brennan, to be  Classic Pooh.  Sigh.

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