Monthly Archives: June 2010

Once Upon a High School

The good thing about lines drawn in the sand is that one good gust can come along and blow it to smithereens (wherever smithereens may be).  This weekend, I found the same to be true with the boundaries that divide some people.   Grab a mug of tea and I’ll tell you the story…   Once upon a time, in a land called High School (you can find it on a magical map entitled Anywhere, USA) invisible moats were dug […]

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“Tells” it like it is.

It’s not what you say… it’s how you stand when you’re saying it.  At least, experts in body language think so.  Body language is a form of non-verbal communication consisting of posture, gestures, facial expressions and eye movements.  Pretty much all body language is something humans do subconsciously, not usually aware of the wordless cues they are sending.   Poker playin’ people love body language, because the mindless gestures are “tells” or behavioral patterns that can give away vital information […]

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Day of Dads.

“A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.” Paul Lewis   True that.    You can have a house with any number of occupants, from three to thirteen, and when the father opens his mouth (or doesn’t) there are microscopic shifts that take place within four walls that affect everyone inside.  I have no scientific proof of this, but I have years of emotional experience with my own “fathers” (I’m a child of adoption/divorce/foster […]

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The definition of crazy: Housework.

There is a well-worn phrase that I like to pull out of my hat now and again because it suits many a situation. “What is the definition of crazy?  Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.”  To me?  That means: housework, laundry and bush league marriage counseling.  To name a few.   There are not many things in life that I truly despise, but I have to say that I reallllly don’t like housework.  Don’t get […]

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Beauty is skin deep. Give or take $2,500.

Standing in the dermatologists’ office during a recent visit with my teenagers for teen skin issues, I innocently asked the aesthetician what she thought of my skin.  Honestly, I was sort of hoping for a smile and a “Gee, you take pretty good care of your skin” – since I mostly stay out of the sun, wear an SPF high enough be used safely on the beaches of Mercury and make a concentrated effort not to frown too much (mostly, […]

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Smile. It increases your face value.

They say it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile, but “they” never agreed on exactly how many muscles were really involved, until recently.  For years, all kinds of numbers were thrown around about how many muscles it took to smile versus how many to frown.  In 1979 the Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations claimed that it took 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile.  The New York Times, which I’d like to think is a […]

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