What if our hair suddenly stopped growing one day, not dependent upon age, as likely to happen at two or twenty or eighty. What if the cause was unknown; an accepted fact of life that happened to everyone. I wonder how we would react. Would we make a point of deciding the style that suited us best and keep the hair at this length, not an inch shorter, just in case........ Would it affect the dyeing process? Would there be a growing trend toward a shaved head and wardrobe of wigs. (Yes, I caught the pun and yes, I groaned.) What would be the term to describe the event?
I'm heartened by two recent newspaper articles dealing with a couple of things I have been wishing would get attention; namely, chesterfields, and the benefits of taking small steps in our own health care. These two lead me to hope that a third pet peeve (okay, downright rant) will soonest be addressed and 'corrected': bathtub design.
Chesterfields are likely a lingering legacy from Victorian times when the point of a social get together was not relaxed communication but a rigid spine in a rigid society.Sofas make no sense, expecting two or more people to sit side by side and - converse?Usually they are not comfortable for upright seating or long enough or wide enough for restful reclining.A single bed with equal height foot and head board (carved in yellow cedar by some unknown artist who I feel gratitude toward whenever my gaze catches on it) is my chesterfield; two people can sit against the ends, legs outstretched (a healthy position), facing each other; four people can fit, cross-legged. The newspaper article cited a new trend replacing chesterfields with "seating centers" which offer bed like platforms, versatile cushions, moveable armrests and tables.Now, if people look as if they might ask why I have a bed in my living room, I will simply say, "and here is the seating center."
Stealth health was dealt with in another article: "slip teeny tricks into your daily life to optimize health, fitness and stress management".A Reader's Digest book called Stealth Health has 2400 scientifically proven lifestyle tweaks such as "At red lights tighten all the muscles in your thighs and butt, then repeat" and "Pack a photo of a loved one, even your dog" and "Go for sushi".The "scientifically proven" claim appeals to my mind.The simple aspects of the tips are reasonable.And anything that is fun will likely persist. A tip a day will cover the next six and a half years!
Bathtubs.I hope collective consciousness is at play and some bright designers are at work to come up with a replacement for what we all seem to accept without question or complaint as a vehicle for cleansing ourselves.Bathtubs are hard to get into, hard to get out of, hard to turn around in, just plain hard.They are slippery and the slope is usually awful.Most don't drain properly. The water level is inadequate and yet wasteful; with all that surface area the water cools quickly. Taps are not very, if at all, toe friendly. They are dangerous.
What about a bathcup: a soft rounded shape that one would sit in like a chair, tilt back, pull legs up and in as one's body slides easily into the 'cup', perhaps have a molded recess for one's legs; turn a lever that would let water seep into the 'cup' from the bottom and sides, drain away in the same manner.A thin outer membrane would keep the water in the cup and also act as an insulator.Warm air jetted onto the person in the 'cup' from a half sphere over the 'cup' would be a nice way of drying off as the water was draining away.Patent is not pending but do let me know when it is on the market.
We are what we become; it is not a pretense; we are not living a lie; we need not resist or reject. If we think we were born 'poor', in any sense, then the greatest achievement of our life is to come to the awareness, to accept, to feel that we can live 'rich'. That enjoying our achievement is purpose, what we are meant to do.
After many years of drinking bottled and filtered water, something prompted a glance that caught on the jug on the counter with its little black granules on the bottom ("harmless" assures the blurb on the filter box) which indicates that I have just started, once again, on the 6-8 week cycle of water purification. Caught and said - "Hhmmmmmm". And then - "Why?" It made sense years ago and since then. Suddenly it didn't.
So I am back to drinking tap water for the moment.
It tastes fine. And it is a pleasing temperature of coolness which was a surprise: not the too cold water that the refrigerator produces or the room warm water that a jug on the counter becomes.
It saves me about $63 a year in filters. Saves me time washing the jug and its components. Saves me figuring out six weeks on the calendar and marking it every time I buy a new filter, then adjusting the whole thing when I forget to check or forget to buy a new filter.
Mostly it has given me gratitude that I can turn on a tap and have drinkable water pour out.
This is one awareness that is now an annoyance and I seek a solution:I can no longer listen to a conversation, my own included, without listening to all the "you know"'s.This interferes with my hearing of what is being said, with my understanding, my receptiveness.It affects communication!
It isn't really "you know" that is said, which, at least, suggests "you know?" and a query inviting a response. It's more a habitual sound. Yuno.
I counted 47 "yuno"'s in a recent CBC Radio interview. During a three minute segment.That's a "yuno" every three seconds or so.The interviewer was not responsible for one of them; the interviewee batted out all 47.
Which gives me hope.Because when I caught myself, this morning, spewing out 11 "yuno"'s in a phone conversation of perhaps two minutes duration, one every ten seconds, I decided enough was enough and that interviewer came to mind.What do they teach those announcers at Broadcasting School that keeps them free of such speech tics?I know the phenomenon must have a name; hang on a sec while I go and Google............
............No luck coming up with a term referring to the habit in the context to which I am referring; many (!) sites dealing with word repetition as a good thing in learning and literature, etc; in medical parlance it's called preservation.
Whatever it is called - how does one get rid of it?Word editors would get it out of my article or story quick as a wink.Who are the speech editors?What are their tools?Do you know?
Having been alerted to the idea that washing with yogurt can replace the naughty bacteria with nice ones I am wondering if anything exists commercially in a soap that offers this. Anti-bacterial soap seems to address only half the issue.
My wondering about germs in a previous posting got some more things to ponder on from an item on the radio yesterday. (Good ol' CBC!) The advice was to wash with natural, unflavoured yogurt which has beneficial bacteria (aka germs). This suggests that germs do inbed in the skin (all those neat whorls and ridges) and when we get rid of the bad guys we can put in good guys. I had to try it, of course. It feels quite nice to use yogurt as soap. Hmmm - wonder if it would work in the foam pump bottle........