My Mini Makeover: The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin

My Mini Makeover: The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin
BEFORE: I’ve had a little beard on my chin, what I guess they call a goatee, since somewhere in the mid-90s. I was taking a rare 3-week vacation around Christmas and let the hair on my face grow. What I had after 3 weeks wasn’t what you’d call a beard; it was more like the... Read more »

Robin Williams' Death, Open Heart Surgery, and Depression

Robin Williams' Death, Open Heart Surgery, and Depression
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department today called Robin Williams’ death a suspected suicide. A PR rep added that Williams “has been battling severe depression…” Though there’s a lot of talk about the “demons” Williams fought for years and the addictions he had to drugs and alcohol, TV’s Dr. Drew Pinsky thinks post-op depression may have... Read more »

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
We had traditions in my house when I was growing up. Once a year my dad clamped a hand-cranked meat grinder to the edge of our kitchen table and made sausage. We’d pick Christmas gifts from the Sears catalog for “Santa” to “bring us.” And children in my family between 4-years-old and, say, 12 served... Read more »
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Swimming naked in gym class really happened

Swimming naked in gym class really happened
There are things the world did when I was a kid that, seen through today’s politically correct lens, would be unthinkable now. Driving without seat belts. Smoking while pregnant. Voting for Nixon. Swimming naked in gym class is another one. Wait! Huh? That’s right, we swam naked in high school gym class. Let that little... Read more »

Back in my day: bras, Speedos, and naked gym class

Back in my day: bras, Speedos, and naked gym class
Fashion changes with the times: from poodle skirts to platform shoes to flannel shirts to porkpie hats… But fashion also reflects the times. Everything from the length of women’s skirts to the color of their nail polish has been used to predict economic fluctuations. Fashion trends say a lot about the attitudes of a culture.... Read more »

How to make a cranky, old man

How to make a cranky, old man
I’ve got all the makings of a cranky, old man… everything but the front porch. We just sold our big house with a nice porch out front and moved into a rental with only a few cement steps instead. I’ve got no place to sit and wave my fist at passing kids who must be... Read more »
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I was a teenaged Playboy subscriber

I had a best friend growing up. His name was Bill. We lived on the same street only he was on the far end of the next block. Bill and I started hanging out, playing together, so far back I have no memory of that first day or even that first year or two. Back... Read more »

Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans
I’ve got a birthday coming up in a month or so. I’ll turn the same age my mother was when she died of a brain aneurism. My mom was down in Florida with my dad when it happened, visiting my oldest sister and her husband. My father had his first stroke a few months earlier.... Read more »

It is what it is... Or is it?

It is what it is... Or is it?
“It is what it is.” I hear people say that once in a while. Usually I’m working on a project with these people. We’ve come to a stage in the process that might prove a little difficult or might need a little more effort than originally anticipated. We’re at a definite fork in the road—... Read more »
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Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?

Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?
Some years ago, I took part in a series of focus groups— behind the two-way mirror on the client side, as an observer. The research involved women discussing their feelings about make-up. In groups of six or seven, women of different ages from different backgrounds gathered around the same table and came to pretty much... Read more »