Makeup Good, Hackers Bad, Jury Still Out on Phones

By Dawn Bright


Dear Dawn,

My Facebook account recently got hacked. What a hassle! What is wrong with people?!

– Valerie B. from Rosemary Beach



I was also recently hacked, Valerie. I was completely tricked into believing a message from a friend saying I was in a video he was sending a link to. It came from someone I used to perform with years ago, which made it feasible I could be in the video. So without a thought, I clicked the link and BOOM! Hacked. Had to change a zillion passwords and send messages to all my friends to ignore anything coming from me.


I just wish those people who have the brains to hack would put their brains to better use. A close family member passed away last weekend due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Why don’t these brainiacs figure out a cure instead of this nonsense? Wouldn’t it be something to have your claim to fame be “I cured a disease” rather than “I hacked into strangers’ accounts”? That would be my preference, but I was raised by parents who taught me right from wrong, good from bad, and all about respect. Which is probably what these hackers are lacking in their lives.


Fix your moral compass, hackers. Fix it and do some good for the world. Then and only then will you have something to brag about.

Dear Dawn,

This morning as I was going into work, I had to walk around a guy who had stopped dead in his tracks to read a message on his phone. Why are we so addicted to our phones?

Max H. from Eglin AFB



I have wondered that myself. What did we do before we had cell phones? I was on a trip recently and counted 40 people out of 50 sitting in the waiting area on their phones. And the other 10 were playing games on them. I can’t even remember what it’s like to not have a cell phone at my fingertips.


Plus, if I want to know something, I can know it immediately. There’s no waiting to get to the library or open an encyclopedia. Most kids these days don’t even know what an encyclopedia is! And if someone needs to talk to me, even if it’s to convey something unimportant, they can do it immediately.


Have you ever started off for work and realized you’ve forgotten your phone? I have, and I immediately panic and have to turn around to get that phone. It’s a weird world we live in, Max, a really weird world.

Dear Dawn,

I love makeup. When I run out of something, I can’t just go buy the thing I’m out of—I buy other stuff, too. You wouldn’t believe the drawers full of makeup I have. What is wrong with me?

– Shannon M. from Navarre



Our faces are canvases, Shannon. You wouldn’t just have one tube of paint for a canvas, would you? Unless you were a monochromatic artist. These artists use one color to create a visual effect and enhance the textures and nuances of a surface to bring forward a wide range of emotions and meanings. I looked at some images of their paintings, and they were pretty interesting.


But we aren’t artists, Shannon. We’re just normal people who like to paint a variety of colors on our faces. As long as your purchasing habits aren’t sending you to the poor house, I don’t see a thing wrong with drawers full of makeup or anything else you like. Just be yourself, Shannon—you’re the only one who can be.

Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her. Email your questions to


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