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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Southern Girls Living Fearlessly

L - Look the part
I - Invent your future
V - Validate others
I - Identify your inner matriarch
N - Never quit (just change your mind)
G - Go until you get there (then keep going)

F- Find you passion
E - Evolve
A - Act the part
R - Roll with it
L - Live every day
E - Enlist your friends
S - Smile
S - Seek Adventure
L - Lose the clutter
Y - Yes, you can!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pause for a Manipulative Silence

My daughter came into my bathroom while I was preparing myself for the day. "I can't find my toothbrush," she announced followed by a long pause, during which she looked at me inquiringly but never asked if I might know where she had misplaced it.

Finally, since I said nothing but, "Mm hmm," and continued applying creams and tonics to my aging skin, she asked, "Can you find yours?" as if all the oral hygiene products in our household had been absconded.

"Yes," I responded, "it's right here," and I held it up to show her.

Another long pause ensued accompanied again by an inquisitive expression.

"No," I firmly stated, "you can't use my toothbrush."

"Why not," she asked.

"I don't share my toothbrush," I said.

"That's not nice," she huffed and left, determined to work the art of her manipulative silence on her daddy.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wordly Wise

I've been browsing at my favorite boutique, Target, and I am incredibly confused about product labeling:

Is "natural" the same as "green?" And do either of those equal "organic?" And are chickens the only things that can be "free range?"

For example, could the watermelon that I just bought out of the back of that old man's truck, which he swears he grew unhindered by fences or trellises or pruning, letting the vine find its own way, and that he promises me was grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers, other than manure from Old Bessy (his cow), be marketed as a natural, green, organic, free range watermelon?

Or would that be redundant?