Your crown is your glory

In my junior year of college, I found my first gray hair.  It wasn’t so devastating until 8 years later when I worked in a salon/spa and a stylists told me that I was 30% gray.  Stylists would get a look at my gray roots, shake their heads, and whisk me away to their empty chair to apply color.  Why they gave me this attention was always surprising to me.  Maybe they saw me as a worthy cause, like a diamond in the rough.  Or maybe they felt pity on me as a crunchy granola massage therapist in need of a beauty rescue.  Either way, it was a win for everyone.  In a salon and spa, we are always cross-promoting for the health of our business.

One stylist told me that you should take care of your hair first and foremost.  Above anything else, your hair is your ‘crown”.

Coloring the grays and getting a blow-out can do wonders for knocking a few years off and making your feel like a beauty queen.  I get a lot of compliments the day of and following my monthly root touch-up and blow out with DeeAnne Brown.  You can find her downtown at and you can look at her schedule at


Massage me

I’m a big softy, actually I’m a little softy, since I’m only 5’3”. Maybe I should say, I’m a big baby. I need massages. Since healing my back post-baby, through Rolfing, yoga, and excercise, my body has become accustomed to getting worked, stretched, and massaged. During the last 20 years, I have learned that I don’t like deep tissue, nor do I like getting a lotion application. There’s a happy middle for me. My muscles need just the right amount of getting worked without being beaten to death.

The importance of finding a good massage therapist cannot be overstated. But where do massage therapists go to get massages? I’m pretty picky and not very loyal if the little details like aromatherapy, hot towels, hot packs, and topical analgesics are overlooked. Of course, if the massage is done by a rock-star, all that is trumped by the winning combination of intuitive touch and knowledge of anatomy.

Some of the better massages I have received were from Terri at milk + honey (downtown); Ginger at Massage Envy (in Westlake); Katia and Delmi at Viva Day Spa (on Lamar).  I’ve had also had noteworthy massages at the Woodhouse.

Dogs sense of smell is linked to ovarian cancer prevention

Sweet Polly

Sweet Polly

Furry friends are amazing.  According to the Chicago Sun Times, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog  Center are training dogs to identify the ovarian cancer chemical marker.  Once isolated, the chemical will be used in the development of an electronic sensor to identify the ovarian cancer odorant in humans.  This is great news to women who may miss the symptoms associated with ovarian cancer.  Early detection is essential for increasing the rate of survival.  Weight gain, bloating, and constipation are common ovarian cancer symptoms and sadly, 70% of cases are detected after metastases has already occurred, according to Janos Tanyi, a Penn oncologist.

Dogs awesome sense of smell has been used widely in cancer cell identification.  In a study from 2004, researchers found that dogs can identify the odorant of melanoma.  Scientists at the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University acknowledge that the canines nose is 10,000 to 100,00 times better than a humans.  The analogy they give is that if a human can see an object at 1/3rd of a mile, a dog can see the same object clearly 3,000 miles away.  Wow.

Two roads diverge in a wood: Same destination

Angel protector


My spiritual resume (or things I did for 30 years that may or may not have been a waste of time).  Raised by religious parents.  Learn about Jesus from Dad.  Volunteer for the Red Cross in high school to “do good”.  Study Jungian psychology and world religion.  Study the Bible with Harvard theologian.  Attend a Dalai Lama event in Ithaca. Learn about earth-based pagan religion.  Read Rumi and learn tarot.  Go to India to live in a buddhist monastery.  Become vegetarian and take buddhist vows.  Learn about karma, dharma, and samsara.  Learn to meditate from buddhist masters in vipassana, zen, and Tibetan traditions.  Go deeper in meditation with Tibetan master in Nepal.  Practice yoga.  Learn about quantum physics.  Learn about herbal and naturopathic healing and become vegan.  Attend 10 day silent meditation retreats, rainbow gatherings, and have a home birth.  Watch Dad die from cancer.  Practice attachment parenting, practice reiki.  Fast and cleanse.  Practice improv dance.  Practice massage.  Run and sweat.  Cry and mourn.  Kick the wheels of a lot of churches.  Start praying, a lot.  Learn about Jesus from Bible.  Get married.  Learn more about God from the Bible. Run, sweat, and pray.  Read the Bible…Listen to God…Find peace…Pray

Looking at this list, I realize I learned very little about God being raised in a religion except that as an adult, I realized my father was a deeply spiritual person who was also religious.  I now realize that whatever he had, I want it and want to be part of his legacy.  Exploring the new-agey eastern religion spectrum was useful in that it yielded no fruits other than pointing me back to the Holy Spirit.  The mystery is how God pulls off working within me to push me to want to learn more about Him.  Life was harder “taking the road less traveled” and “it has made all the difference”, like the Frost poem says.  My rebelliousness prompted me forge my own way, but there was a lot of darkness and shady characters. In claiming my father’s legacy, I’m content being led down the path by the hands of God.

Rosacea clinical update

rosaceaThis clinical update concerned me when I read it because I’ve only heard about rosacea happening on the face.  According to The Nursing Center Skin Care Network, the eyes can also be affected.  Rosacea is a common skin condition of the face that causes frequent redness especially on the cheeks. Other symptoms include small red lines under the skin, acne, and thickening of the skin on the face and nose.  Eye symptoms include drynesss, tearing, itching, redness, burning, and eyelid swelling.  These seem very similar to seasonal allergies.   Other signs of rosacea that are a cause for concern are photosensitivity and impaired vision.  If your skin is frequently flushed for a prolonged period, you may have rosacea.  Get a skin analysis with Carol O’Neil  so she can get you on the right products to calm your skin.  There are also medications the dermatologist can recommend.