11 DIY hairstyles for any occasion (14 photos)

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Michelle:

I love these! Wish I had time to experiment with new up dos and ponytails.

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Exploring New Things and the Joy of Finding Like-minded People

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Over the past month, I have been learning more about myself and focusing time on things that interest me.  I have met several people who are similar situations, and equally committed to understanding and working within their circumstances.

What I was not expecting were the friendships that have evolved along this journey.   I believed I was alone in my quest, but I was not, and will not be, at least in the near future.  So, thank you for bearing with me, readers, as I promise to return.   I do have several book reviews to share with you, once I have deciphered my almost unreadable notes.

In the meantime, I leave you with the words immortalized by the great Casey Kasem, whom I grew up listening to and set the bar incredibly high for radio DJs.   He passed away last month, entirely too soon.  “America’s Top 40″ will never be the same.

casey kasem rip

 

An OB/GYN’s opinion on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and contraception

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Michelle:

Know the facts.

Originally posted on Dr. Jen Gunter:

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Hobby Lobby (and much of the religious right in the United States) and ruled that a closely held private corporation does not have to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods. Justice Alito, speaking for the majority wrote:

“The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion, and according to their religious beliefs the four contraceptive methods at issue are abortifacients. If the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they believe they will be facilitating abortions…It is not for us to say that their religious beliefs are mistaken or insubstantial.”

As an OB/GYN I see six disastrous consequences of this decision:

1) The idea that religious beliefs of some are more important that the religious beliefs of others. Any woman wanting to use one of the 4 methods of contraception listed obviously doesn’t share the same beliefs…

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The 10 Drugstore Beauty Products You Should Be Using

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I have used Maybelline Great Lash mascara, Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara. Olay Ribbons Body Wash (as a shave gel), Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (in the pool), and Tresemme hair spray. All are great products for reasonable prices.

Maybelline Great Lash mascara has been part of my makeup bag/kit since the 1980s!

The Truth About the “Bikini Body” (And What’s REALLY Sexy)

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I’ve been following August McLaughlin for several years. She’s right on!

Originally posted on August McLaughlin's Blog:

Since when did swimwear become so bossy? Not to mention misleading.

swimsuit-season-funnyA little history:

Did you know that the bikini dates back to Ancient Rome? Oh, yes! Archeologists have found antiquated illustrations of Roman women wearing skimpy two-pieces during athletic events. Like all clothing back then, their sole purpose was functionality. (No one wants to be whacked in the boob mid-game!) Much later, in 1946, Louis Réard, an automobile engineer introduced today’s bikini, naming it after Bikini Atoll, an island in the Pacific Ocean where postwar atomic bomb testing was happening. (Ah, the irony…)

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Bikinis gradually gained popularity in Western cultures, stirring up lots of controversy. Considered sinful by the Vatican and scandalous by countless others, they were banned from many countries and numerous states in the U.S. Even so, they grew continually more common, largely because women wanted to wear them. Then in the sixties, Bond Girl Ursula Andress famously emerged from the sea sporting a white bikini…

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Jaws is 39 years old

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Michelle:

Jaws is almost 40. Just let that sink in.

Originally posted on The Haunted Librarian:

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Today is the anniversary of the 1975 debut of the movie Jaws. By far one of my top 5 favorite movies of all times, this film defined the summer blockbuster. The theme song is hypnotic! The slasher parts were minimized for maximum appeal. There’s not much more I can add to the online commentaries. Instead, I urge you to dig out your DVD, sit back, and enjoy what is duunna duunna, du du dun.

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Paging mayor Ledezma

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This was a bad week for chavismo, with its internal struggles becoming more evident than ever. But Schadenfreude would feel a bit better … if our side wasn’t in such a state of disrepair.

In that regard, I like this idea by Jean Maninat: the MUD folks should sit down and come up with a joint plan, and they should do so now. The folks who signed this thing and the folks who don’t want to do anything … need to find common ground. The person to spearhead such a plan? Antonio Ledezma.

Given his gravitas, Ledezma may be the best choice we have. Whether it’s fair or not, the MUD leadership has simply lost credibility. And heck … it’s not like Ledezma has anything else to do.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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