Smell would go first . . .

Smell. So many things in this urban/suburban area smell so terrible: truck &car exhaust, factory emissions, landfills, sewage plants, fertilizer, etc al. Yeah, smell would be the first sense to go if I were given a choice of having to lose one of my senses.

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She Tried . . .

She lived a "short, happy life" of a fool who could not discern true love when it stared her in the face. She was a fool who doubted herself and others who had her best intentions at heart. She was a fool, but she did the best she could. (Better try in the next life.)

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Can You See the Ten Dollar Difference?

A few of my friends have recommended the Hair Cuttery as the place to go for reasonable, quality hair care. Some of these friends are male, so they were not aware of your “long” hair policy. Therefore, imagine my surprise when I discovered H.C. charges $10.00 more for “long” hair.  Not only is this policy unfair to consumers, it is also discriminatory and sexist, not to mention out-dated.

First, my hair is just past my shoulders, hardly what I think of as truly long. In my opinion, long hair starts at the middle of one’s back and flows forth from that point.

Next, your policy is discriminatory and sexist because the vast majority of people with “long hair”—according to your company—is female. As females, why should we be charged more for having hair at or below our shoulders? What a ridiculous business model this is! Many of my male friends have hair that requires a precise, complicated cut even thought their hair is much shorter than mine. In fact, I can argue it is easier for a stylist to cut my hair than it is compared to others with shorter hair.

For instance, the day I had my hair cut at the Cuttery, a woman next to me had short hair; therefore, she paid $10.00 less than I. Yet she was in the stylist’s chair longer than I. On the other hand, my hair only required a few snips to trim my long layers whereas she needed a complex shaping that took far more time.

Finally, your company’s policy is outdated. When I was in your store, I felt transported back to the 1970s when sexism was at its peak. I haven’t experienced such a feeling of injustice for decades. The stylist felt badly for having to charge me more, too. Your company puts its workers in an awkward position; they realize how unfair and sexist your “long hair” policy is. In addition, most of your stylists are female. In essence, you are forcing females to enact sexist policies toward other females.

I guess I’ll continue my search for a new stylist elsewhere. With the $10.00 “long hair” policy, the Hair Cuttery franchise is just not competitive enough. I thought I’d save money by choosing your company, but I was wrong. 

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Time of Day

Dark Moon Tree on Night Sky / Magic Fantasy Space

Definitely a night person. I feel so much better once the sun goes down!

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Do You Dream in Color?

Being of the nerdy sort, I watched a NOVA program last night on the science of dreaming. The big take-away for me was the relatively new fact that we dream in two stages of sleepImage. As most of us know, rapid eye movement (REM) is the best known stage of dreaming, but there is another stage. I forget what it’s called, but when we dream in the non-REM state, the subject matter and emotions are overwhelmingly positive. However, REM sleep mainly produces anxiety and fear filled dreams. REM dreams draw on our most primitive fears and desires, preparing the brain for the day-to-day challenges of living. 

Well, this new info got me to thinking. I have many, many dreams that are vivid, colorful, highly narrative, and –more often than not–deeply disturbing or memorable. Does this make me a philisophical  romantic instead of a pragmatic realist? What do you think? Can you relate your dreams to your reality?

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Hobo Couple in Chicago

Hey, it’s Lollapalooza time in the great city of Chicago, so all kinds of folks are coming into town. Some come by bus, others by rail, a few by plane, and a couple by train–literally speaking. Last night, while killing time waiting for a movie to begin, a friend and I were wandering the streets of Lakeview, a trendy Chicago neighborhood, when I saw a young couple sitting on the sidewalk with an adorable Pitt Bull. Being a fierce lover of all things canine, I stopped to chat with the couple and pet their dog. Turns out, the guy and gal are hobos.

The two people were just as awesome and friendly as their dog. The man hails from California, and the gal, being shy, I’m not sure where, but they had just arrived in Chicago on an inbound freight train from Minneapolis. They both looked tired, but their eyes burned with life and wonder. I expressed my admiration for their courage but was moved emotionally on a deeper level when I learned these young hobos had adopted the dog who was bound for the death chamber.

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Are You a Romantic or a Realist?

Romantics defy societal expectations

Romantics and realists are two sides of the same coin. We co-exist.

You may remember the romantic frenzy surrounding The Bridges of Madison  County, which subsequently spawned a movie, invented a tourism industry destination, and started more than a few book clubs. Full disclosure–I saw the movie, kinda liked it, but it was the ending that got me. I was practically screaming for the protagonist (Streep) to jump out of her husband’s truck  and into her lover’s (Eastwood) vehicle. I am a romantic. If you saw the movie/read the book and sided with the husband, you are a realist.

Romantics say “yes” to things if they feel it in their hearts. Romantics say “yes” to uncertainty, as long as their hearts are satisfied. Romantics take big risks, lose big, and sometimes win big. Realists, on the other hand, keep their hearts grounded in reason. They may take smaller steps with bigger goals in mind, but they seldom leap off cliffs. Romantics take blind leaps and can be viewed as reckless at times, while realists can be plodding and slow to act.

So, are you a romantic or a realist?

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Intro of Your Life

Just another day in paradise . . .

Splintered

The day began with a splinter in my finger and ended with a spinal tap.

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Holidays

It's the most dysfunctional time of the year

“Bah…Humbug…”

Christmas. It promotes greed, consumerism, materialism, and unrealistic expectations sometimes accompanied by epic disappointments.

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Fear No More

Spider Moon

The other night, from the end of a pier, I watched the golden moon rise over Lake Michigan. In order to do so, I had to temporarily overcome my deep fear of spiders. They were everywhere, spinning webs and catching insects. Most of them looked pregnant or swollen with their victim's fluids. With a little encouragement from a friend, I decided to focus on the beauty of the water and the moon. I'm so glad I could overcome this irrational fear and not allow it to interfere with the magical moonscape painted on the water.

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