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    Skin Deep

    We all know there are a number of negative factors that influence skin looking healthy; smoking, sun, sleeplessness. However, we also know there are many great things for skin; sunscreen, sea salt scrubs, surfactants. Add to that; good genes. I don’t have a particular regime, but I do have some tricks up my sleeve that I’ve relied on for years. Firstly, wash the oil away. I have the “T” zone problem. Forehead to nose, I am always dealing with a bit of a shine. Oil production is, obviously, a natural process of the body, but if you lead an active lifestyle, it can be a nuisance. Sweating in yoga, during…

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    No More Banana Republicans

    We have to get sane people into political office. The Banana Republican party has no concern for women’s rights (“save the unborn baby, but don’t take care of the woman having it”), LGBT people are pariahs (“ain’t no queers in my family”), ¬†and everybody needs a gun (“Yee-haw, let’s give all teachers a machine gun so they can play shoot-em-up at school!”). PLEASE go out and vote. I know it is difficult to know who to vote for, who is running for what office, and what the priorities are that you need to support. Below is an excerpt from the Austin Chronicle with personal notes added from my talking to…

  • Why I Left Facebook & Twitter

    Early in January I executed one of my New Year’s Resolutions; leaving Facebook and Twitter. I’d been on Facebook since 2008 ~ an early adopter as compared to the masses in the 2010’s and beyond. As for Twitter, I never got into that platform until the 2016 election cycle. …and that’s where my distaste for these two platforms began. The rhetoric, the memes, the hyperbole, the blatant lies all played a part in my decision to throw my middle finger into the air at both sites. I wholeheartedly loathe both of them. Not that I didn’t think there wasn’t an opportunity for healthy discussion in social media, but true intellectual…

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    Ageism and The Gays

    On a random January Sunday, I invited a few of my friends over for cocktails and dinner. While everyone was having a great time enjoying the food and imbibing on margaritas, I noticed a central, unwelcomed, theme in the conversation; ageism. Knowing that gay banter can frequently be tongue-in-cheek, pointed, flippant and “shady,” I initially brushed off the comments as I am mostly thick-skinned. After the event, I found myself frequently lost in thought reflecting on the critical behavior of my friends. There were a few revelations in my retrospective. Firstly, my guests were not all gay, so everyone was in on the “fun.” Secondly, the age of my guests…

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    Mangifting

    Not sure what to get your dad or buddy for Christmas? Think outside of the gift box and consider something more utilitarian. Topping my list is a flexible bit extender. Many times I find myself working on my car and a socket set just won’t quite get into a spot that I need to tighten a screw or bolt, this handy device is perfect for those hard to reach spots. A hex bit set is great for those who tinker with technology and devices with super tiny hex screws. Lastly, a quick-change bit holder. If you mess around with tools, bits are a royal pain to contend with. A bit…

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    Have a Manly, Manly Christmas…

    Time to break out the list and write down your gift buying plans for friends and family. Men, I’ve found, can be quite tricky to buy for. There are the tried and true staples; shirts, ties, shoes, gift certs and booze. Such things seem to be great “go-to” items, but I try to be a little more creative in my gifting. Something with a bit of humor or a compelling story is a really good thing. For instance, I have one friend who is always grilling and cooking. He’s very good at it. He loves using recipes but gets frustrated when they don’t turn out as planned. I don’t know…