“I always thought she was haunting me,” Joe said during his session. But that statement came later. Like his telling me, “No, there was no physical violence in the relationship with my grandmother. Unless you count the time she threw a boiling pot of pea soup.
“I ducked, so the saucepan never hit me. Made quite a dent in the wall, though.”
Joe’s intention was simply to become excited about life again, maybe even to like himself more. CONTINUE READING →
“People see things on TV or in the moview or in magazines, and they come to us and say, ‘I want to look like that.'”
We’re not talking hairstyles, Blod-Buddies. This quote comes from Renato Saltz, a cosmetic surgeon in Utah who is in town for the ASAPS convention. (That’s the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.)
According to an article by Paul Farhi, vanity surgery in America is now a $10 billion-a-year business. Because of our perspective here, reading people deeper, we can question the “beauty” involved at the level of auras. CONTINUE READING →
Thus quoth The Huffington Post about the reality TV star’s 10 cosmetic surgeries in one day:
Maybe she should consider surgery on the one place she needs it – her brain!
Really, what could the 23-year-old kid have been thinking? Her latest publicity stunt got her more than a supplement to 15 minutes of fame. She got herself smaller — as in nose. She got herself bigger in all the places you would expect. CONTINUE READING →
“Teleclasses are in,” my friend “Teddy” told me last night. As we were talking on the phone, I positively wallowed in his presence, like a duck splashing in a favorite pond.
“With all the ways that technology connects us,” he continued, “I’m not sure that people will continue to do much teaching in person. Last time I stepped onto campus (he’s a college professor), I thought, ‘Why bother having universities at all?'” CONTINUE READING →
Jennifer is the second winner of our writer profile contest. I couldn’t resist her nomination of Armistead Maupin, since I’m such a fan. The novelist is best known for Tales of the City, which I enjoyed even more in print than dramatized on TV, with enjoyment being huge in both cases.
Tender and trashy, sardonic and quirky, Maupin is such an original. I keep waiting for him to produce more novels but from his website you can tell that (as I suspected from reading his other novels) the man definitely has a life. CONTINUE READING →