• Shopping for Barbie’s Birthday

    by  • March 9, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    barbie1959I’m in a real jam today. It’s Barbie’s 51st birthday, and I’m still stuck on what to give her. You know she’s pretty picky about gifts, and I don’t want to get on her bad side by not thinking this through carefully.

    barbie glamourShe’s gone through so many phases in her life. Early on, she favored beach wear and accessories. Then came the formal phase and everything had to be perfect. Things got more casual after that, but still, you had to put some thought into her birthday. It’s always so much easier to shop for Skipper, don’t you think?

    These days, she’s stood the test of time. Other toys have come and gone, but Barbie remains. A billion dollar a year business, with an army of 800 million clone dolls around the world. Barbie is not a woman to trifle with.

    Happy Birthday Barbie!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.