Category Archives: Wellness

Grey Hair & Fenimore Cooper 2017

In James Fenimore Coopers classic novel Last of the Mohicans, the native villan, Magua nicknames The English General “Grey Hair.” Well, I’ve been called worse. And it just so happens I started going salt & pepper around 26. One grandmother wasnt even a true salt till she reached her 70’s but the other was COMPLETELY white haired by 45. ( A side effect of meningitis in her 30’s we were told.) 

Here is the recipe I’m using to go true grey.

  • Age Beautiful Creme Lightner for aging hair x 3 with 40 volume developer. I have long hair, So I’ve had to double product. I COULD have gotten ALMOST AS LIGHT AS NECESSARY for a true to swatch color deposit but didn’t have double product the second time. I was left with a red tone in the undermost layers and a yellow cast on top. So tomorrow in fact, the third time should be the charm. 
  • Ion color brilliance permanent color in Chrome. I had purchased Splat Silver Mist but decided to hold off for the first test. 
  • Paul Mitchell Blue Violet color toner. 
  • Foil One & Only Argan Oil Ash 8A. 

Did I mention I’ve never gone to Cosmetology school and don’t do hair professionally? True. 


See the gold in my most current decent photo? That it’s a DL photo is a hoot! It’s yellow as a proverbial canary and is more flattering than I normally expect when I step in front of a camera. The gold has to go! Lightening again tomorrow. 

I think and emphasize THINK is approximately the way my crown would look if I allowed it to emerge naturally. 

The photo above is the grey base color I plan to create. I’ve wrestled between this and the following photo as a base for months. If I end up going back to a professional for this the application process will be reversed. My preference is actually the photo below for a base but my lack of training forces me into minimalist simplicity of application found above. 

The effect below strikes me as a nod to Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Bellatrix Le Strange and Angelina Jolie’s Maleficient but all who look outward for such signs and symbols can’t forget Morticia Adams either!

This is a shut up and cry boys photo. This striking is a goal. Approachability optional. 

I should be able to post the results in two weeks! 


Socialist Realism: Examining the Corpus of Body Vibes Wellness Claims 

Have you heard of Body Vibes? Metaphysical and religious speculation aside of course. The words are somewhat counter to the prevalent drum beat of Trump Russia I know but I found Body Vibes website and their wellness products after a blurb on Gwen Paltrow over at CNN.

Then the “scandal” broke around 8:30 p.m. Central time. It seems no less an artist than Salvador Dali will be exhumed from his grave following a PATERNITY CLAIM to get a DNA sample.

Oh. My. Gods. Where is Freud? Can you spot him amidst all the syncretic accretions of Post-Modern tripe?

Look at that but by all means, dont turn OFF the news yet. That’s only one Paltry legal battle. It seems no less an Icon than Southern Poverty Law Center is set to be SUED by a UK intellectual who claims the SPLC is guilty of defamation of character. Unsurprisingly, he’s Muslim. Also unsurprising is the tactful display of news articles from the last six months with titular references to Surrealism spread in bi-polar reference from the NIH to The Financial Times. 

Oh. My. Gods. Is the Spirit in the Sky or in the Vodka? 


Body Vibes may very well BE A SOLD OUT POLITICAL STUNT or *Gasp!* an ACT OF PROTEST!

Good-bye 4Chan Bullies who never grew up after that last 1969 trip down amnesia lane with Bill Ayers and The Weather Underground!  Be NOT Proud Anonymous! The dark haired stranger will either admit what women of my generation have known was IRRELEVANT FOR YEARS…Johnny Depp’s paternity is surpassed only by his art, or proclaim that El Duce found a ruined bank in the Benghazi sands long ago, prior to 1939…with or without audio commentary from Julius Evola. 

It does seem that is ALL SOLD OUT of it’s recent forward thinking and progressive “offerings” to Bacchus. But vapes are still plentiful folks along with Cotton Candy Tobacco juice.

Oh Anonymous.

“My desire to please you Caesar is very slight. Though I greatly care to know if you are black or white?”  ~ Catallus

I most certainly can say some witty and mostly truthful things about Body Vibes, including that the idea has previously gotten air time courtsey of the BBC and David Tennant as Dr. Who in the reboot S3 E3 titled Gridlock. 

David Tennant folks. And Ms. Martha. Bill? Darling? Nardole’s Rebel Flesh may still be located in the depths of academia. Who would wager he is alone in a silent library?


Divorce Corp Documentary Review

“Predatory Industry Practices”

“Insufficient checks and balances”

“Judicial Corruption”

These phrases comprise the apex of constitutional injury chronicled in the documentary Divorce Corp. The film deviates from the underlying peril of a Constitutional CRISIS in action and focuses on communicating the extent of the abuses of the public in addition to generalized public ignorance. 

However the film is FAR from insulting toward the general public with first & second hand knowledge of the Family Court system and neither is it a blanket ideological assault against legal and judicial practitioners. Perhaps no other legal arena exposes the challenges and perils with logic agreement as does this documentary. The film doesn’t chronicle the burdens shifted to State agencies or the political climate these agencies must operate in when faced with picking up the pieces of individual lives of predators and prey. Add in the social “slacktivism” associated with grassroots communication and the ideological frankness is what allows the film a balanced reach with facts, evidence and appeal. A deeper analysis for students and the general public certainly has been given “wiggle room” due to the film and the film continues to reach new audiences daily. The film doesn’t lack for “evidence based” support for it’s claims of both individual and constitutional injury across The United States and it’s Territories. 

The film made me stop and reread a section from Christopher Krebs A Most Dangerous Book: Tactius Germania from The Roman Empire to The Third Reich. Krebs passes on his own insight into public oratory and the legal systems DEPENDENCE upon it. Krebs shares a collective review on Tactius mastery of insuination, narrative structure and outright gossip. It was the films repeated return to Equity that brought Krebs and Tactius to mind. Divorce Corp strikes a pose in its portrayal of what Equity OUGHT TO BE as it chronicles battle after battle between provider and dependent(s.) The posturing that implicates the system and its representatives as a problem allows the narrative to showcase the effect of Family Court practices on the Constitution and the public without OVERUSE of the premise of a Constitutional Crisis. The crisis viewed as a disease is frightening. From this position repetition of social abuses arguably mirror the mind numbing trauma of propaganda for those inside the circus and insinuates the gaslighting cultural elements involved in abusing both the public and legal systems. The film is highly critical of Family Court as an industry and as a centerpiece of reform it walked the line so to speak. But the numbers speak so loudly you can’t entertain anything else. While it does define key concepts such as “Family court is a Court of Equity” it does not outline a plan of reform or even action on screen. Communicating the problem is so pressing and the need for ethical response so great, that communicating the basic structural concepts alongside their magnitude takes precedence. 

That’s all it can do. 

And that IS the point. 

The Aesthetics of Gracious Plenty 

The custom of tipping service providers is arguably ancient, regardless of geographic location. Yesterday I was reminded of a cherished regional idiom: Gracious Plenty. Depending on whom you consult, the term in the United States is Southern, culinary, anachronistic (18th Century,) and of course Religious which is somewhat synonymous with Christian -(excuse the Yankees for their decadence we presume?) 

My first client of the day left my tip in an envelope when her session was finished. She wrote my name on the envelope and a personal thank you for what she appreciated about the session. I was humbled. I’ve had some adversity & I’ve struggled with it for quite some time. Arguably it has affected the quality and substance of my work, so to receive praise in addition to a 20% tip was the equivalent of a ray of light in the aftermath of a devestating storm. 

Shortly after resetting my room and a timely break, my co-worker Malia popped in the breakroom and asked if she had left me a tip. I saw no reason to question her question and immediately said “Yes, she left me cash.” Malia asked how much she left and again I saw no reason to think twice and answered honestly “Twenty. Why?” Malia looked puzzled and replied “She didn’t leave me anything.” I showed her my gratuity envelope. It had been sealed, addressed to me with a personal note written on the outside. Without hesitation I asked her “Do you want ten?” And had she said yes, I certainly WOULD have given it to her with no second thought. But Malia said “No. It’s alright. I wonder if I overlooked one in my own room?” And she left to check. 

I immediately said to another co-worker “Ooohh! This is my next blog post!” 

That was three days ago. If Malia found a tip she didn’t say anything. And since I’ve just found out I’m moving I haven’t thought beyond making time to write this post to ask her. 

What is Gracious Plenty? 

The client in question was a very thoughtful and down to earth lady. I work for a smaller spa franchise now and it’s not a hotel. The tip in the envelope addressed to me is within reasonable limits of what the majority of massage therapists and estheticians receive per one hour service on average. A twenty dollar tip has been the industry standard for the entire twenty years I’ve been a massage therapist. I have gotten tips larger than this. I’ve been with my current employer less than two months and already received a larger tip. But what about Gracious Plenty? Whom decides what the ethical response is? 

Gracious Plenty is a concept derived from Axiology. Axiology has a REFLEXIVE COMPONENT. Therefore the question of wether or not to “tip share,”and share the tip, does necessitate an UNSPOKEN UNDERLYING ETHICAL UNITY. However the premise or idea of observer bias can always be derided as a Postmodern”Loop Hole” and not JUST a metaphysical ILLUSION- value judgments CAN BE made with the wrong presumption in mind. 

It can be argued that the chain of casuality began with the client. Her choices presented Malia and I with an ethical quandry. It also allowed Malia and I to exercise our own understanding of what A “Gracious Plenty” means. 

Regardless of our individual choices, Malia and I reached a decision that seems not to have damaged our daily interactions. We still work as a team. We still assist each other and our colleagues in daily tasks and chores. I still put esthetics laundry in the wash and dryer. Malia still makes certain that her clients receive their robe, wrap and slippers before I pick them up for their next service. 

I am certain Malia does a wonderful job for her clients. And I am humbled that the guest in question overlooked her. Presumably her mind was on the last thing she experienced when checking out: the massage she received from me. But Malia ALSO attended to her requests before the client got on my massage table. Neither Malia nor I will ever know the actual impact of the facial Malia provided for this particular guest. What we do know is that the practice and experience of Graciousness is truly an internal one. The presence of Graciousness calls on each to take note: Someone has turned on the stage lighting.  

The Aesthetics of Gracious Plenty: Part Two 

Beauty is power: A smile is it’s sword. – John Ray 

Finding Captain Sisko and other disagreements in logic

This is a story in several acts, in the end. However, before the end is reached, there are some significant sonnets that stand apart.  

Captain Benjamin Sisko is known around the world as the Starfleet Commander of Deep Space Nine, on the edge of the gateway to Gamma quadrant. Starfleet placed him there to administer both the station and the reconstruction of the nearby planet Bajor. Captain Sisko underwent a metaphysical crisis by the end of Deep Space Nine’s seventh season. It appeared that more than one death was required to bring equilibrium to the “space between spaces.”

Since DS9 ceased production it’s fan base has clammored for it’s return. I remember watching the occasional episode when it was still on air. Too often the present goes unnoticed and underappreciated. Fifteen years years later, I asked my nephew Julian, to call me Moogie. 

I never was a faithful watcher of DS9 during its run. I only saw the whole series in 2009 and that, being after the fact, is it’s own subjective conundrum. I own every episode now but need to buy them AGAIN because the box set packaging has cracked from repeated use. 

Yes, Captain Sisko can always be seen in stolen moments. But it doesn’t explain what became of him. DS9 was sneaky about genre. Sci-Fi appears to be a stand alone category. Time in Science Fiction is faithful to Godel: to a fault some presume. Then there is Fantasy. What separates these genres? Magic? Magic alone? What happens to men? Commanders who occupy the times of “Great Men”? 

Let me say something downright frightening. Was Godel wrong and what was wrong with HIS theory? His theory isn’t synonymous with Postmodernism. But here I sit writing, my fellow Trek fans in spirit beside me, watching the series long after Avery Brooks has washed his hands of Dukat and joined the Mormons…excuse me. He joined Prophet(s.) Plural. I don’t think I am the only one who questions if Sisko and Avery chose a red or white rose when they left, but I did notice that the State of Utah does welcome Muslims of both Shiia and Shite backgrounds circa the 21st century. 

Is it possible that when and where the Lord closes a door perhaps he does open other windows? 

On that note, I continue to wait for the DS9 documentary and pray that one day the faithful will be rewarded with a glimpse of a new spin off, with or without Avery Brooks. I do fear however that Chris Carter of the X-Files may yet turn out to have the final answer. That Mulder and Scully have indeed succumbed to a fatal dose of postmodernism and in so doing have cost us our very own last glimpse of Captain Sisko. 

Arizona State seeks PhD. Research Associate for Obesity & Body Image study 

Occasionally LMT’s professional growth and development curves lead them beyond bodywork practice. For those with an academic background, those encountering the limits of continuing education without a master’s degree at the very least, and for prospective massage and bodywork students who intend to pursue research, this notice from Arizona State outlines one Avenue of approach. 

Best of Luck!

Arizona State University/Obesity Solutions—Post-Doctoral Research Associate—deadline March 15, 2017

The Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions initiative, based at Arizona State University, seeks to hire a post-doctoral research associate.  The position will help design, lead, and directly manage a citizen-science project, Older and Wiser BITs (Body Image Talks): Citizen Scientists in the Valley of the Sun, to better understand the links between obesity-related stigma and aging. A major focus will be on better understanding ‘body talk’ and aging through collaboration with senior citizen-scientists.  The duties include training and mentoring graduate students, undergraduate students, and citizen-scientists as research collaborators in appropriate social science and linguistic methods; additional duties include managing the overall project approval and data collection process in senior living facilities and communities in and across Maricopa County, data analysis, and collaborating on publishing the findings in peer-reviewed journals. The position may also include outreach activities such as social and traditional media and public meetings, as a goal is to engage and empower citizens in self-advocacy techniques with regard to body stigma and other challenges to maintaining healthy body weights.

The post-doctoral research associate will work closely with Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions and its affiliate faculty, staff, and student interns. This position demands a high level of collaboration within a large, complex, fast-moving transdisciplinary team, benefitting from a high level of adaptability. Anticipated start date will be June 2017, but may begin earlier by mutual agreement.  Only one fiscal year of appointment is anticipated at this time. This is a grant funded position. Anticipated ending date, June 30, 2018 depending on the actual start date.

Required Qualifications:

  • Recent PhD in anthropology, sociolinguistics or other relevant social science field
  •  Proven capacity to independently manage a research project from start to finish
  • Experience in the systematic application of social science methods in community-based research
  •  Current driver’s license
  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven record of academic publication and/or external grant receipt
  • Proven capacity to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team environment
  • Record of executing citizen science or public outreach activities
  • Experience with IRB processes
  • Experience in media, including social media platforms
  • Experience working with aging/senior populations
  • Experience training diverse undergraduate students
  • Skills in language-related analytic methods
  • Experience using MaxQDA
  • Fluency or near fluency in Spanish


Initial receipt of complete applications is March 15, 2017; if not filled review of complete applications will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please send electronically to  a brief cover letter and curriculum vitae. Background check is required for employment.


OBESITY SOLUTIONS brings together the world-renowned doctors of the Mayo Clinic distinguished scientists at Arizona State University, and many other universities, communities, businesses, and government to identify, test, and share innovative ways of addressing obesity. It is moving well beyond traditional modes of doing medicine and science, applying new approaches that are more multi-faceted, trans-disciplinary, innovative, person-centered and agile.

We offer a dynamic, collegial, and challenging work environment due to the pace of innovation, complex array of research and academic programs, and high profile initiatives.  For complete information see

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at:

Cindi SturtzSreetharan
Associate Professor 
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University

P.O. Box 872402 | Tempe, Arizona 85287-2402 | SHESC