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When Theresa writes poetry, the inspiration comes from her or her family's true life experiences, which results in dramatic poetry.

"They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city." ---Psalm 59:14


The Chase Ensues

At the starting gate

Off they go!

Following close behind,

The others,

Like hounds on a hunt

Ferociously sniffing for

That unmistakable scent,

Yelping and pointing.

So dogmatic.

Now, the fox is

In their sight.


From Where Did the Term "Paparazzi" Come?

An Italian word used to describe the annoying sound made by a buzzing mosquito is "paparazzo."

In 1960, in the film "La Dolce Vita" there was a character named "Paparazzo" and this is from where the term "paparazzi" was coined. This was chosen the best answer on when the question was posed.

These photographers have been stereotyped as being aggressive and intrusive. However, is this a true statement?

Obviously, there is a demand for the photographs. Just go to your local supermarket and see all of the tabloid magazines available.

The photographers who are credentialed are those who are invited to red carpet events. Such photographers maintain a respectful distance.

However, paparazzi are not invited and generally will take photographs of their subjects on the streets without consent of their subjects. They will also get in the faces of their subjects without any respect for their subjects' personal space. Further, they are known to do stakeouts and chasing, which sometimes result in terrible incidents and persons being harmed.

Celebrities are also known to stage paparazzi shoots to gain publicity for an upcoming project, or even to promote a new line of clothing. However, Princess Diana or Jackie Onassis would never "plan" such shoots.

So, it seems that this is a vicious cycle, and we, the public, have gotten so used to such public access to the private lives of celebrities, which only feeds the desire for celebrity photos.

If the public really wants to end such behavior, then it should stop buying the magazines which feature their work.

Doubt that will ever happen!

The character of Paparazzo in a scene from the movie "La Dolce Vita" ~ The music to this video is really cool, at least to me!

Princess Diana
Princess Diana | Source

The Case of Princess Diana

Of course, Princess Diana's case is the most notorious example of the paparazzi "hounding" a celebrity. As we all know, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris where the paparazzi were blamed in part.

I remember watching in horror and sadness when Princess Diana died. As stated here, the paparazzi were blamed in part, as her driver was also blamed.

There were some conspiracy theories going around as well at that time, but I will not go into those here.

It is hard to believe Princess Diana died that long ago, back in August of 1997.


Would you ever want to be famous enough that the paparazzi would chase after you day in and day out?

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The New Anti-Paparazzi Law in California

This law helps to create a firm boundary between the publicity of a celebrity and his or her personal life, and was ruled constitutional.

With the passage of this new law, both celebrities and paparazzi will, hopefully, not be in so much danger. In 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash, attempting to escape the paparazzi, and in an opposite scenario, a photographer died in a car crash while taking a picture of Justin Bieber.

Being that the paparazzi will be prohibited from following celebrities so closely, future deaths can be prevented.

In addition, this law will be successful at reducing unwelcome publicity, harassment and danger, thus creating a balance between privacy and publicity. We shall see.


Do you think the paparazzi are just doing their job, or are they intruding into the private lives of individuals?

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Initially, this hub began as a poem about political corruption

These thoughts came to me while just thinking of all the political scandals, and the world in general. And just how the world is so relentless in the pursuit of whatever for greed.

I guess when I initially began to write the poem above, my mind was geared towards political corruption, as I am a paralegal in real life and work in a state government office that attempts to keep public officials and public employees ethical, an arduous task to say the least! Obviously, my thoughts turned to the paparazzi.

In addition to those (corrupt politicians), there are those (the paparazzi) who literally hunt down those in celebrity status just to get a picture of them doing the most mundane things in this life.

I am thankful for what He tells us in His Word, that whatever has been done under the cover of darkness, He will bring into the light. Luke 8:17

God is pleased with integrity.

I have this scripture as my screensaver on my computer at work, being I work in the field of "ethics".

"I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity." ---1 Chronicles 29:17

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    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for the visit the second time around :)!

      I know I would not want to be that famous!

      I cannot believe it's been so long ago since her death. Wow. You know what that means! LOL

      I appreciate your kind words as always dearest friend, as well as the vote up.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 

      8 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      I missed this the first time around but appreciate reading your revised work...I learned so much about the meaning and beginnings of paparazzi.

      I remember being so sad and shocked with Princess Dianna's death...I fully appreciate that celebrity personalities are more open to the public...but I do believe we all have rights to privacy as well.

      There is certainly a price to pay for such fame. Well written, my friend.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sg,

      You dug up an oldie here, and I am so glad! Thanks so much for the profound comments. I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful piece! Greed is one of the main reasons the world is in the shape it is in today. If we would think about the needs of others, including their privacy, this world would be a much better place. Voted up and more! :)

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much dearest friend PS,

      I am so sorry I missed your comment here somehow. Thank you for taking the time to read and always leave encouraging comments. I appreciate the votes up.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      Good morning...the words 'sometimes less is more' applies to this..concise and to the point...the message is loud and clear. Now I must go off and find others like this you have written. Voted up ++

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Perspcacious. Well, it is sort of my daily norm, as I work in government and of all things, ethics! Ha. It is an arduous task trying to keep public officials and public employees ethical to say the least, so that is why I write in a whole different area, except when I wrote another hub, "The Licentious Pathway" and I was feeling pretty digusted that day. Thanks for reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Demas W Jasper 

      8 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Depart from yor "norm" more often! Perhaps this is a new "norm"?

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      writer20, thank you so much for the great comment. I am glad you stopped to read. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      9 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Not sure how I missed this one because it so good.

      Vote up and awesome, Joyce.

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Angelme for reading and for the great comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      9 years ago

      Faith ..this hub just so short but it speaks a volume.. Voted up , interested and awesome!

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      Ha, really, poor fox, thanks Sueswan, for stopping by to read and comment. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      9 years ago

      Hi Faith,

      I say leave the fox alone. Amazing imagery.

      Sadly we live in a 24/7 greedy society.

      Voted up and away.

      God Bless

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      pamela, thank you for reading and I appreciate the comments. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      skye, wow, thank you so much for reading and leaving such great comments. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Fauth Reaper Sister I absolutely love this. Brilliant. I do believe the Holy Spirit of GOD moves in you precious one. Such a true scenario.

      Love the pictures. Linked this out. up awesome.

      Keep going faith. Love you in Christ.

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      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago

      Ha!!! You are too cute, lord de cross, I mean, my child. Ha. I am too blessed to be stressed, as our pastor reminds us every Sunday. Thanks for checking. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 

      9 years ago from New York

      Just dropping by and checking on one of our best mommies. Hope people don't get offended. Have a great one Faith!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Appropriate commentary of the media today. Very well done. God Bless.

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      Good evening lord, oops, just noticed the time - I mean, good morning - very early morning! Thank you for always reading and leaving great comments. Agape love to you, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 

      9 years ago from New York

      Wonderful inspiration from our Faith. Profound reflections on privacy and those sharks from the media. Thanks for writing thoughtful pieces!


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      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      glmclendon, thank you so much for reading and commenting. God bless, Faith Reaper

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      9 years ago

      I like what you did and what a job you did.

      Stay Well

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      Ha, teaches12345, that is a good way to put it. Thanks for reading and commenting. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 

      9 years ago

      You are so right, those foxes do spoil the vine little by little. Great insight.

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      Rahul, thank you for reading and for leaving such outstanding comments. You are too kind. I am humbled. It is a bit of a departure from my norm. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jessee R 

      9 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi there Faith! Much love and regard on the brilliant piece of skill you have presented!

      The sarcasm to the present world, the hounds the men... the competition the race... the prize the wolf...

      Life has become a hound race... that's how petty we've become

      Thank you for a great write!!

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Debbie, so happy to see you as always! Oh, what precious comments from a very sweet and precious lady. He loves you so much beyond your comprehension. He knew you way before He knit you in your mother's womb. "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 Agape love to you always, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Amen .. you said it all.. I love reading your inspiring hubs and you are always full of joy. thank this time of my life I really need your joy.. I thank Jesus that I can read your wonderful hubs

      God bless you


    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      - Michele - Thank you for reading and commenting. After you commented, I added a few of my thoughts to this hub at the end, to clarify what it was I had on my mind.

      - Sparklea - Thank you so very much as always, you are too kind.

      - tobusiness - Thank you for reading and for the lovely comments as always.

      - Audrey - Thank you very much for the encouraging words. I appreciate it very much. You are such an inspiration to me.

      - wetnosedogs - Ha, that is a funny thought about your youngest dog. Love it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Agape love to all, Faith Reaper

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      9 years ago from Alabama

      I'm the odd one. Thought of my youngest dog wanting to go after the scent.She always has a sniffing nose for something. If it was a fox, she would freak out. I've actually seen her panic attacks! But I catch what you mean. This is great.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      9 years ago from California

      Ohh very nicely done!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      I agree with Sparklea, You say so much with so few words, great use of imagery. Love it

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      9 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi FaithReaper! Voted up, useful and interesting! You said SO MUCH with SO FEW words! That is a gift! You made your point clear and concise! THANK YOU for this eye opening hub! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Michele Travis 

      9 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi faithreaper, so what is the price for privacy? Maybe good running shoes? I actually liked the wolf. Very pretty picture. Loved the hub and voted up!


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