Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

The graphic art in the plastic surgery center's ad was what caught my eye. It was a large photo of Michaelangelo's David, one of the most exquisite and realistic depictions of the nude male ever created. In the ad, amateurish airbrushing over his groin area had rendered him anatomically neutered, as smooth and genderless as…

DOLLS IN THE TOY BOX

When I was a little girl, baby dolls didn't "do" anything. We dressed them in frilly clothing, carried them around (often by an arm or a leg), and pushed them around the neighborhood in a stroller. When we got bored with them, we tossed them into the toybox. In later years, manufacturers added features making…

Flushed With Success

Ah, I thought as I pushed down the handle of the toilet and walked away. Now that I'd moved out of my childhood home, for the first time in my life I was secure in the knowledge that I no longer had to grab a plunger and hover anxiously as the water rose higher and…

Horoscope or Horror-scope?

I need direction in my life, both figuratively and literally. Maybe using my daily horoscope as a life coach, rather than as harmless entertainment, is not a good idea. It told me months ago, "You'll get a stretch of beautiful mental clarity." I'm still waiting. Another day's horoscope read, "Be glad that you recognize your…

Trouble’s Brewing

Surely it couldn't be that hard to brew your own beer, Dad thought A cold beer sure would be refreshing after a long, hard day at work. With five children and lots of bills to pay, there wasn't much leftover cash for nonessentials like beer. After studying beer brewing in the A-C volume of our…