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The Transcript:

DISCLAIMER: *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

Visual Description:  Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope. The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

It’s important to love yourself, take care of yourself, and help yourself. But what happens if a person solely focuses on loving themselves, helping themselves, and only take care of myself? What will that turn into? Narcissism.

See this picture? That’s narcissism. The origin of the word came during the Ancient Greek Mythology era. According to mythologists, it all started with the story of, Narcissism, a handsome young man a really like oh my god gorgeous handsome guy. All the people in his town went crazy over him. Which he couldn’t wrap his mind around as to why everyone was so obsessed. Which he didn’t get, since there were no mirrors during his time he didn’t understand what was so special. All the girls would run and chase after him.

Then, one day, Narcissism ran away into the Forbidden Forest. Walking through the forest, he stumbled upon a pond. He looked in the water and fell in love with his reflection, fell in love with himself. That was it, he was infatuated with himself. As you can see in this picture. Mythologists say that comparing the story of Narcissism to the modern day world, not much has changed. Clearly! It’s obvious! As clear as water, being able to see right through it, kind of clear.

Now, fast forward to today, mental health providers, psychologists, scientists, counselors, teachers, and other fields are noticing a trending rate of more people being narcissists. Especially when it comes to social media, as most of you know people invest their entire life to social media and their smartphones. People don’t even notice what’s around them anymore, which raises a lot of concern. Especially with the younger generations, the Millennials and Generation Z glued to their screens because it’s what’s the most important thing to them. Scrolling through their smartphones for hours on end, now narcissism is on the rise at a fast and alarming rate. Social media engineers, claim social media networking sits are to bring people together, supporting each other’s struggles, and celebrating achievements.

The truth of the matter is, that’s not true. Social media engineers’ purpose is to group people individually against one another by the competition. Who has the most likes? Who has the most subscribers? Who has the most retweets? It’s like a competition of who has the most followers and if you don’t have enough it lowers your self-esteem. That’s social media engineers’ goals and it’s working.

Social media is influencing many professions. Such as, yoga. People are feeding their egos with yoga. Well experienced yogis are disturbed by this trend of new age modern school practices and encourages self-promoting. When in actuality, yoga’s purpose is to remove one’s ego. It’s now being twisted to feed one’s ego. The whole, look at me, look at me I can do all these poses. This is causing a growing trend of yoga related injuries.

People are getting hurt because they’re doing it for attention and getting hurt in the process of it all. It’s all about them. To have the world look at them, worship them, and like their selfies. Yogi, Yoga instructors, and yoga enthusiasts’ students tend to be personable and interact with different people. But that’s not the case, it’s all about look what I can do. Look what I can do. As I take a million selfies every day.

Which also applies to the world of fitness. Narcissists are no strangers to it. It’s all about how do I look in this selfie and can you take a picture of me. Staring at the mirror endlessly. Posing and taking mirror pics. It’s becoming difficult for personal trainers who take their job and fitness seriously to be paired with clients who do it for the gram. It’s all about the selfies. Look at me. Look at my muscles. Follow me. Follow for follow. Just like with yoga. Follow me.

Teachers inspire and influence their students to be responsible to get help and benefits from this. Instead people are too concerned with themselves. Look at me and my big biceps.

It’s not just yoga and fitness, even spiritualists. Where their purpose is to deliver the message god’s message, and introducing people to God. Preach and spread God’s truth. Sadly, it’s not anymore. Spiritualists are doing it for the theatrics, attention, and praise.

People are realizing the severity of the narcissism. It raises a lot of concerns. People who have low self-esteem will be desperate to believe whatever is in front of them.

In the world of social media, there are some people who are popular because they always wear the top fashion brands and are always taking selfies of their stylish outfits. But in reality, we don’t know them and we don’t know if it’s theirs. Some people go to stores, try on clothes, and take selfies. They are giving the illusion of a lavish life that they’re not living and fooling their followers all to get more likes and more shares.

Researchers are noticing this growing trend going around. It’s getting serious. Now parents and their relationships with their babies are replaced with smartphones. Parents are staring at their phones with their babies and kids. Children are witnessing their parents dealing with their smartphones and mimic that behavior. I don’t know how I feel about that.

People need to be more careful when it comes to yoga, fitness, and spiritual artists by making sure they’re legit. That they’re doing it for the benefit of others and aren’t in it for themselves and feeding their egos. It’s all about the likes, shares, subscriptions, and retweets feeding the egos and giving people the instant validation that they get from all the likes and comments.

Researchers also noticing that some parents are over praising their children at an alarming rate. Which results in kids expecting and needing that attention, and thus becoming narcissists.

It’s something that we all need to think about. Looking at social media and seeing what it’s doing to us. Keep in mind that once a person is a narcissist they don’t see themselves as a narcissist. They’re incapable of seeing themselves that way. Narcissists can’t see themselves, they only look for the praise but anything negative they can’t see it or don’t want to see it. They’re in denial. They’ll think they’re fine. They’ll think they’re normal. Narcissism is on the rise!

Researchers, psychologists and other mental health professionals bring up the discussion whether this is a danger to society. No but it does impact people’s perspective. Narcissist spread an artificial life. Like, Avatar, an out of this world life. People looked at it with envy, which results in lowering their self-esteem. They have it all, but we don’t. Narcissism also impacts relationships, everything is a lie and an exaggeration. Which is unsettling.

All of what I mentioned going on is something we all need to keep in the back of our minds. Especially parents, having to teach your children that there’s better things to do than being glued to devices and technology.

Thank you for watching my show, I hope you enjoyed it!

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!”)

Thank you Domenick and Casey for interpreting me!

Please make sure you share, like, subscribe, and comment my show!

Thank you and goodbye!

(The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below. A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

CVS Health Takes a Stand to Photoshop

 

 

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

Visual Description of Episode: – Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumping rope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

(Episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a black blouse with a black long sleeved blazer jacket over it. Aidan is wearing white pants with black pin stripes on them going down vertically. Aidan is wearing black leather slip on shoes with white soles. Her brown, short hair is worn down and she is wearing a light purple colored lip stick and she also has on small silver hoop earrings. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand.  On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo on Aidan’s right with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors.  Below the logo is a small black table against the wall that has a yellow pot with a purple flower inside of it and a blue pot with a red flower inside of it.)

Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

 (insert picture of CVS Health logo)

This is really such a great time to have this discussion. Why you might ask? Now CVS Health has announced a ban on picture editing and modifying in 2020. Such great news! I’m really excited about that! You all notice that in the magazines, the models, the movie stars, and the celebrities always look perfect and never have one flaw.

 (insert various pictures of different magazines and models)

 But, we already know deep inside that everyone has a flaws We all do, there’s no one who is an exception to that.

So we’ve now become more aware of the marketing strategies and what they do to models or celebrities, especially when a magazine cover was released. On one side it had a picture with flaws and the exact picture next to it was flawless.

 (insert pictures of Glamour magazine cover and Maxim cover)

 Remember that way back when? People were outraged by that, and that’s when Photoshop went viral. And by going viral the discussions became more and more prevalent, consumers took a step back and realize that the products they wanted to look exactly like their favorite celebes who are promoting it but that wasn’t the case. Going forward since that, now anytime we see images we always say, “Oh that’s photo shop” or “Obviously Photoshopped.” Before this whole thing came to light, people were clueless about Photoshop. And they looked up to these celebs wanting to look just like them. Now we know it’s obviously just Photoshop working its magic based on its history.

CVS Health decided to take some responsibility because they recognize that 80% of their purchases are made my women. So why are they advertising unrealistic pictures of models and celebrities that doesn’t even match with what these people actual look like because of Photoshop. It’s phony and not honest at all. So CVS Health wants to show their integrity by showing the actual images of the celebrities without any Photoshop. I think it’s great that CVS to take the responsibility of this initiative and I think it’ll cause other companies to follow the movement. So it allows us to feel more natural than this artificial look that is being portrayed. It’s so unreal that it’s not even real at all, it’s just a fake look. It makes consumers feel depressed, lowers their self-esteem and just overall people not feeling good about themselves. So it’s important that this is recognized and hopefully this has a domino effect to other companies. It’s an exciting time, but for many years all these companies have brainwashed us with our looks and appearances. Which has led to the creation of apps typically used for social media like Instagram that allows people to Photoshop their selfies using various apps. For example, making our teeth whiter, face free of blemishes, fading wrinkles, make up, and even contouring. So the tables have turned, us as consumers are taking the responsibility and now we are editing our own pictures. So in some ways, these companies/outlets have already brainwashed us all and it’s now our default to constantly edit our pictures. It’s definitely a lot to think about as much as it’s a great thing that CVS did this but at the same time we’re now embedded with the need to always change our pictures. Again, it’s something interesting to think about.

Thank you for tuning to The Aidan Mack Show! And I want to thank Casey and Domenick for their time interpreting me! Thanks guys!

(insert video of interpreters signing, “Thank you, bye!”)

And don’t forget to follow, like, share, and subscribe The Aidan Mack Show! Ciao/Bye/Take Care?

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (music fades)

The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below. A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.

Update and Intro on the Aidan Mack Show

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript: (Visual Description of Episode)

– Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jump rope. The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watching her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL). The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below. Episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a black shirt with her long, brown hair worn down. She is sitting in front of vintage, finished wood panels that create a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background.

Transcript:

Hey everyone, welcome back to the Aidan Mack Show! I want to give my viewers an update on what’s been going on with my show, and discuss what the show is all about. But, before we get into the updates of the show, I want to pay my respects and my sincerest condolences for those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Earthquakes in Mexico, the wild-fires through the West Coast, plus the shooting in Las Vegas. Now let’s take this moment of silence to pay our respects for those who are no longer here with us today and their loved ones. We’re sending courage, and our positive energy your way! So, what is up with the Aidan Mack Show? I’ve recently been talking with my production team regarding the show and the show’s set design. And there are a few more last minute additions until we can fully launch. That should all be finalized by sometime next week. To all my fans, supporters, and friends, Thank you! Your patience is greatly appreciated. Now, let’s get down to business on what the Aidan Mack Show is all about. The Aidan Mack Show is a lifestyle talk show explores various topics ranging from fashion, beauty, fitness, nutrition, entertainment, daily and world news, and even red carpet interviews. Which will highlight how these various stories can shape our daily lives, activities, and thoughts, which will ultimately impact our lifestyles. Themes in social justice issues will be expressed through discourse using satire and comedy as we invite numerous experts to share their findings in their respected areas of study. Our guests will share their stories and hardships you will find to be inspirational and UNREAL. Viewers of my show, I want to share my interviews, discussions, and findings from my travels which can serve as a resource pool full of tips and advice you will find beneficial. There will be trending hot topics and thought-provoking discussions that will challenge us to leave our comfort zones. So, there’s just so much happening with my show. I’m so excited to be hosting and I look forward to the launch and continuation of my show. Again, I want to thank all my fabulous fans, supporters, and friends for your endless support. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Thank you for your time and for watching my show! Before I wrap up, please be sure to share this video and my website, so you can continue to follow the Aidan Mack Show. Thanks! And last but certainly not least, I want to give a special thank you my two fabulous interpreters for their hard work; Casey Cutler and Domenick D’Angelo.

Happy New Year 2017: My Resolutions

Hello everyone!

It is hard to imagine how time could go so fast, seemingly before the blink of our eyes. We are getting ready to celebrate the New Year. It is time for us to move forward and hope this year will be much better than last year.

(Just add orange, lemon, blueberry, raspberry, mint and fresh water)

(Just add orange, lemon, blueberry, raspberry, mint and fresh water. Let sit overnight before you drink it.)

I know people start to scoff about all the resolutions made to improve each year because we usually do not follow up on them.  We often make resolutions living in a fantasy, believing the resolutions made require no effort. For resolutions to succeed, we need to do some work and exercise willpower to achieve the resolutions. It takes work hard peeling each layer of a bad habit off, learning from failures, and getting up and trying again and again before we can achieve these resolutions.

Seafood with Zucchini Noodles Made by Aidan Mack

Seafood with Zucchini Noodles Made by Aidan Mack

 

It is so important that each of us makes a decision and keeps the determination to succeed. We need to be proactive, willing to do the hard work and holding on to the willpower to achieve these resolutions that are made. Some struggles and setbacks are expected before we succeed at anything. It is like watching a baby learn to walk.  The baby faces some failures before he or she can walk steadily and move forward.  It is same thing with our resolutions.

 

Happy New Year Clock CupCakes Made by Aidan Mack

Happy New Year Clock CupCakes Made by Aidan Mack

Here are my resolutions:

  • To be known that I can always accept, handle, learn, and benefit from any situation or outcome.
  • To strengthen my personal and professional relationships with people of diverse personalities, communication styles, and backgrounds.
  • To reduce procrastination.
  • To become a more skilled communicator under pressure.
  • To maintain my commitments to my fitness/bodybuilding and healthy eating habits every day.
  • To balance playing and working, learning new things, exploring new places and meeting new people.
  • To expand my network and raise awareness of business people, sponsors, executive producers, crew people, celebrities, experts, and fans/visitors about my TV talk show, blog, and one-woman show.
  • To broadcast my shows on TV and social medias regularly, to update my blog every week with videos/ written posts, and to promote my one-woman show to a global audience through videos and social media.

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I wish you a very healthy and prosperous 2017.

 

_\m/ Aidan Mack

The Aidan Mack Show (May)

* Busy morning
* Announcement: www.aidanmack.com
* Roberta “Bobbie” Cordon
* Raymonda Azrelyant Yeh
* Deaf Women Herstory Month
–  Larisa Martin
–  Latisha Porter-Vaughn
– Christine “CoCo” Roschaert
– Laurene Simms
– Rose “Rosey” Goodman
– Lauren Abbott Mauler
– Melissa Yingst Huber
* Nyle DiMarco
* Peta Murgatroyed
* Maksim Chemerkovskiy
* #WhyISign by Stacy Abram
* #IamDeaf by Robin Horowitz
* Zach Lavine

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“The Deaf Community”

Here is a rough transcript:

Hello Everyone!

I would like to share what I have discovered from my research.

Actually, the origin plan is to research on Starkey Foundation and find out what its mission and why they make this choice to contribute their time and give away hearing aids for these people in need. I want to find out what their motivation was. It is not my bag in reacting in emotional way and throwing assumptions without knowing the whole information. I rather look at this from a different perspective by going around from a 360 degrees angle. Once it is being fully understood then I discuss this.

Now, Imagine the Deaf community as a map and it is now being stretched out.

Hold that vision for a second.

I noticed that many Deaf people keep saying… “Don’t take advantage of the Deaf community. “I cherish the Deaf community.” “Let’s support the Deaf community”. It is like they think that the entire population in the Deaf community uses American Sign Language and is a part of the Deaf culture. And these cause me some concerns.

Okay.

Look at this.  The Deaf Community on this visualized map that is filled with Deaf people (including people with hearing loss) on it.

Do you think that this map is filled with most of Deaf people who are using American Sign Language and is a part of Deaf culture?

No.

There is a small and tiny dot on the map of the Deaf community that has a group of culturally Deaf people using ASL and the rest of the map is HEARING people with hearing loss, FYI.

As I did do some research, I found these well respected scholars, who were very involved this research of culture, linguistic, ASL, environment, education, and other different things in the Deaf community. They have wrote a numerous of good books. These scholars, Sharon Baker and Dennis Cokely did find the information on how many culturally Deaf people who use ASL. Unfortunately, they did not have a specific number however they do have numbers that are in the range. The range is between 100,000 to 500,000 culturally Deaf people using sign language, which means the rest of the map is HEARING people with the hearing loss.

Now, there is a research on how many people of hearing loss including culturally Deaf people.

For example, NITDCD and HLAA, their research had concluded that there are 48 million people with hearing loss (including culturally Deaf people).

Now, this small and tiny dot that I take out 500,000 culturally Deaf people is being subtracted from 48 million people with hearing loss (including culturally Deaf people). It would leave 47,500,000 HEARING people with hearing loss. In the Deaf community, we have a small and tiny dot of a group of culturally Deaf people using ASL.  That’s it.

Most people with hearing loss are people who born as hearing then became Deaf later. For example, a hearing baby becomes sick, they are born prematurely, they have gene defects or their mothers have illness. Those things would impact on the hearing of babies. It can go far as toddlers, teens, young adults, middle age adults, and elders. It can be from cancer, illness, infection, and aging.

So this means the large of population in the Deaf community is hearing people with hearing loss and it also has a small and tiny dot of a group of culturally Deaf people using ASL.

That’s when I understood that Starkey Foundation’s primary target is on hearing people with hearing loss. Starkey Foundation acknowledges that a small dot and tiny group of culturally Deaf people is a part on this map and Starkey would welcome them if this group wants hearing aids. Starkey does not discriminate any group in the Deaf community.

Is Starkey Foundation are being politically involved with or promoting ASL, Cued Speech, Oralism, SimCom, SEE?

No, they are staying out of this. They just focus on giving away hearing aids for free to those people who cannot afford paying for the hearing aids and the insurance does not cover the costs.

Think again… Starkey’s primary focus is HEARING people with hearing loss.

Now some culturally Deaf people get angry by blasting and demanding. It is important to remember that we have a very small dot of a group of culturally Deaf people who use ASL. Who has more power? I suggest you to be careful if you really want to influence the large population of HEARING people with hearing loss by informing them about the benefits of using ASL instead of scolding them or getting angry at them. These people would step back because they are HEARING people who lost their hearing.

This is serious business.

It is important for us to look at situation in different angles.

Oh… I finally understood why some culturally Deaf people who use ASL would prefer use the ASL community instead of the Deaf community. The ASL community means all kinds of people who use ASL. It can be CODA (Child of Deaf adult(s), interpreters, parents of Deaf children, etc…

However, when it comes to voicing our rights, If we only want the ASL community to represent us, it would be still considered a small group anyway.

We would still need a support from the Deaf community that has a large population, which are HEARING people with hearing loss by being our ally for our right of accessing to ASL.

How?

We can work with them by adding ASL to their lifestyle. If HEARING people with hearing loss were having a hard time understanding lipreading or hearing, they would have a back up by using ASL. We show them how much ASL would benefit them without criticizing them for wearing hearing aids, finding them benefit to them, and telling them to do by saying they do not need hearing aids and it is stupid to have hearing aids. I feel it would be the most effective way is for us to respect their wants/ desires/needs then to enlighten them about adding ASL to their lifestyle that would make things easier for them to communicate and to understand each other better.

That.

We need to consider how to make this approach toward a large number of Hearing people with hearing loss in our community and we do need their ally when it comes to voicing our rights or to protesting that our rights are being taken away.

I want to stress that again… There are 47,500,000 HEARING people with Hearing loss in comparison with 100,000 to 500,000 culturally Deaf people using ASL.  Which group is powerful?

I will explain more the depth of this whole picture of Starkey Foundation the next time – on my show.

Thank you.

_\m/ ~ Aidan Mack

Boo! Happy Halloween!

Hello everyone! Before I get into the topic of Halloween which is one of my favorite holidays, I wanted to say welcome to my new website, www.aidanmack.com. Everything will go directly to www.aidanmack.com.  Please make sure you subscribe to this website and it will go directly to your inbox before it goes public.  It is still a work in progress so bear with me on this. Please do feel free to share this website with everyone that you know. You can also follow me on social media. Please feel free to give me any feedback or suggestions and I am all “eyes“ for them.  I thank you for your patience and support.

Final

Don’t you all love Halloween? If you don’t, then something is wrong with you! I’ll tell you why it is so much fun to dress up in costumes and marvel at others’ creative or outrageous outfits.  I have been to numerous Halloween events such as haunted houses, nightclubs, parties, pumpkin festivals and parades which bring wonderful memories for me.  There is so much to do to celebrate Halloween. It is great for couples to transform themselves for one night to revel in another character. Of course, it is just as enjoyable for families with children. A family could do so many things such as creating a haunted house or a Halloween themed party in their home. The children could get involved in planning in the haunted house or party (it’s safer than going from a door to door). Parents can also dress up in costumes to go trick or treating with their child(ren). It creates wonderful memories as a family and for the parents to watch their kids sort through the candy with excitement and disappointments on their faces.  After kids go to bed, both of you as parents can do something fun if you get my drift.

Halloween is fun for all whether you are young, mature, single or married.

When I host or I attend a Halloween party, I love to be creative when it comes to making food.  I also need to think twice about using healthy and tasteful recipes for people to enjoy.  I have three recipes: Brain Dip, Creepy Apple Teeth and Jack ‘o Lantern Oranges.

Brain Dip

Brain Dip:

It is perfect to make it because it looks spooky and tastes delicious. I display the blue corn tortillas and guacamole dip in a fun way next to the cauliflower which resembles a brain and radishes as eyes. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Two Avocados
  • Diced Tomato
  • Chopped Onion
  • Garlic
  • One head Cauliflower
  • Thin slices of blue and red fruit roll-up
  • Sloppy peeled Radish
  • Organic Blue Corn Tortilla
  • Lemon juice

Direction:

  • Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit and scoop the avocado out from the skin into a bowl.  Mash it with a fork and stir in diced tomatoes, chopped onions and garlic. Put it in a small glass bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent it from browning.
  • Remove leaves from cauliflower and remove the stem. Place it in the glass bowl.  Decorate it by weaving thin strands of red and blue fruit roll between the florets to resemble arteries. Poke two radishes in as eyes on the “brain”.
  • Place the blue tortilla chips around the “brain” and the guacamole dish behind it.

Creepy Apple Teeth

Creepy Apple Teeth:

While waiting on a line, I saw a food magazine. I was reading it and saw this amazing recipe and said to myself, “I must make this one day!” And when I did make this and it was so easy to do. This recipe is perfect for a last-minute plan and it’s creepy looking but delicious. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Apples (cored and sliced)
  • Almond butter
  • Strawberries
  • Pine Nuts
  • Freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice

Direction: 

  • Slice apple in halves and dip them into lemon or squeezed orange juice to prevent browning.
  • Spread almond butter on apple slice on one side
  • Slice the strawberry to resemble the shape of a tongue. Drape it over the apple slice.
  • Stab pine nuts into the apple to create teeth.

Jack o' lantern oranges

Jack o’ Lantern Oranges:

This is a very creative recipe using an orange to resemble a jack o’lantern. I saw these at an event that I attended and vowed to make these. It is so easy to make and perfect for kids to do. This is healthy for kids which is a bonus for the parents.

Ingredients:

  • Navel oranges
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Halved seedless red grapes
  • 4 strawberries, chopped

Direction:

  • Choose which side of an orange you will use as the face for jack-o’-lantern’s; cut a thin slice from the bottom so that it rests flat. Cut another small slice on the top.
  • Before you spoon out pulp, cut out the face you desire to use.
  • Chop pulp and combine with apple and grapes. Spoon the fruit into Jack o’ Lanterns.

What did I pick for my Halloween costume? I had a tight budget this month so my choice was limited.  I went to Party City and I was looking for a meaningful costume that matches the theme. I browsed at all of the pictures of various costumes they had posted on the wall and I found a perfect costume for me. It only cost me $14.99 which is a steal and perfect for my small budget!

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Yes, it was Medusa.

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I decided to take an opportunity to be Medusa because in a few years ago,  a well-known Deaf man in the Deaf vlogging world, who looked down on women with strong personalities, labeled me as Medusa. He believes women should submit to men and that men should have the final word. He reminds me of how men treated women back in the day when the feminist movement started and these men labeled these women as Medusa. Even today, these men who see women who are strong and vocal about things as Medusa. Labeling me as Medusa does not hurt every part of my body emotionally and physically. It even makes me proud knowing that I can be my own person and I am a woman with a strong, outspoken and independent personality.

Medusa is a character in Greek mythology, she was a beautiful woman who was raped by Poseidon (the Greek god of the ocean). He broke into Athena’s temple (Athena is the goddess of wisdom and the daughter of Zeus) where Medusa was staying and raped her. Athena accused her having an affair with Poseidon so she punished her by turning her into a monster with snakes on her head. She was never allowed to look at another man and whoever looked into her eyes turned into stone. She ended up alone and used those eyes to turn any male into stone out of rage for the unfair punishment she got. No one wanted to go near her because of the snakes on her hair. Once beautiful, now fearful to people.

So I chose Medusa to honor of these diverse women with strong, outspoken and independent personalities and for those who have not gotten the support they deserve after they get violated by men.

Please remember it is never a woman’s fault when she gets raped. She has a right to say no because it is her body. She has a right to choose whatever she wants that she feels it fits her and to be in a safe environment.

Always stay true to yourself and to others. Stand up to do the right thing and speak up to be heard. Get out there and make a difference in your community to make it better. It is good to have a strong and independent personality – knowing that we as women are capable of emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically, and mentally care of ourselves.

Here is my short video wishing you all a Happy Halloween from the Aidan Mack Show. I wanted to make sure you have a safe Halloween. Please keep your children safe by checking their candy and going to safe neighborhoods to go trick and treating. It is so important for drivers to watch the roads for trick and treating children crossing them!

Happy Halloween!

_\m/ Aidan

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