Archive for June, 2011

Tarot Cards and Candle Wax

Posted by    |    June 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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Tarot cards, palm readings and crystal balls have always peeked my curiosity. Being a member of a religion that doesn’t necessarily condone this practice, I feel somewhat guilty trying it out. Yet, I do it anyways. What could it hurt? I realize that most of the stuff they are saying could be true for anyone so, I take it with a grain of salt.

For my birthday, one of my good friends took my twin sister and I to a tarot card reading. I was super excited a) because it was a new, fresh idea for a birthday gift and b) because I was curious to see what the cards held for me. (more…)

Does Lasting Love Exist? Ask These Two.

Posted by    |    June 28th, 2011 at 11:19 am

When it comes to true love, the long-lasting, “sitting on the front porch next to you when we’re eighty” kind of love, there isn’t a lot of inspiration to go on these days.  Break-ups and make-ups abound, and when someone as hot and funny as Jennifer Aniston can’t keep a steady boyfriend, the rest of us don’t feel like we have much of a chance.  When I start to feel a little cynical about love and think the days of passionate, romantic, make you crazy kind of love no longer stands the test of time, I take a look at these two.

 

Meet John and Johnette Jackson.  Yes, those are their real names: John and Johnette. They met when he was 19, she was 20.  (She always brags she married a younger man.)  He went into the soda fountain where she worked and ordered a chocolate coke.  He came back the next day with two women from his work to size her up and see if she might be a good prospect for a date.  Turns out they thought she looked worthy, so he did.  She accepted, but on the eve of their first date, she decided she didn’t know enough about him to go on a date alone with this new stranger, so she went out with another fella.  Realizing he’d been stood up, John went driving around. Lo and behold, he sees Johnette out at the movies. With the other guy! What are the odds? Now, most men would seeth with anger and probably have a few choice words muttering under their breath.  Not John Jackson. He was a glutton for punishment, and found himself right back at the soda fountain the next week asking her out again.  Johnette likes to say he knew a good thing when he saw it.

After six months of dates and countless black cows later (it’s a fancy name for a root beer,) they married at a pastor’s house on June 27th, 1942.  John borrowed $5 from his dad to pay the minister.  Johnette wore a white eyelet dress and bright red heels, and there was no wedding cake, no honeymoon, no dancing.  Just two people who barely knew each other, getting married and about to face three years apart when John was sent to Guam in WWII.  Fast forward 69 years later, and they are still together, every single day.  With a shared love for the Lord, Wendy’s chicken nuggets, and laughter, these two are a quirky inspiration.  Two vastly different personalities, two different humors, two different temperaments…and yet, somehow these two made it work beautifully.

 

I have a confession.  John and Johnette are my grandparents, and yesterday was the celebration of their 69th year together.  We staged a funny vow renewal on the lake, complete with bouquet, tuxedo t-shirt, and psuedo-minister.  They recited their vows one more time, with the same love, humor, and joy they did almost seven decades ago.  (You’d have to have a sense of humor if you’re reciting wedding vows with a tuxedo t-shirt pinned to your chest.)  After declaring their love and John kissing the bride, they happily ate celebratory dinner and enjoyed their very first wedding cake.

 

Moments like these make you wonder: Can true love last a lifetime?  John and Johnette make it look so easy, though they’ll tell you it hasn’t always been and still requires a lot of sacrifice and patience.  And tuning your spouse out when they tell the same joke for the 1,000th time…..like, “Money can’t buy you happiness. But it WILL let you enjoy your misery in a better part of town!”

I don’t know about you, but I want to be celebrating something like this in seven decades.  I think Jennifer Aniston still has a shot at it, and all the rest of us do, too. Here’s to true love!

Hoarding: Friends Edition

Posted by    |    June 27th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

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“______ has now accepted your friend request,” reads your pop-up. Ah, the satisfaction of adding another friend to your endless friends list. Your day has now gotten that much sweeter.

Since activating accounts on Facebook became as common as tying your shoes, reaching out to old friends, new friends and family members has never been easier. But how many people are actually friends with the 557 people on their friends list? Do we keep adding users because we feel accepted and appreciated when that one person decides that we are worthy of viewing their account? (more…)

Facelogic Knows: The Spa Knows No Gender

Posted by    |    June 16th, 2011 at 3:35 am

I don’t know how dudes do it. Treading ground on calloused heels and un-filed toenails is not something my poor little feet ever want to encounter. Summer is rapidly approaching (even though it already feels like it’s here) and I would not be caught under a beach umbrella with unpainted toesies for all the poolside pina coladas a summer can serve up before Hawaii runs out of coconuts. (Well okay, I’d consider it.)

If I were a guy, I’d tear through social norms like a high school football team tearing through the student government’s hand-painted poster before the Homecoming game, and head to the spa for a much-needed pedi, massage and facial. Who placed a sign on the spa that said KEEP OUT, GIRLS ONLY anyway? (more…)

The Jay Armstrong Method For Making Friends

Posted by    |    June 15th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Jay Armstrong is funnier than you would expect.  A lot funnier, actually.  When you first meet Jay, you might not realize that underneath his sweet Southern charm is a hardcore sports fanatic who has quick wit and a refreshingly funny take on the challenges in his life.  Besides being a University of Texas grad and sports management aficionado, Jay is a published author.  His book, “A Day with Jay“, is a look at what life was like for him entering school for the very first time…in a wheelchair.  How will the other kids react? How will he participate? What will his teacher be like?  All these questions are asked and answered in the book, helping children get to know what life in a wheelchair is like for some of their classmates.

Now an adult, Jay travels all over to speak to groups and share his positive message. Besides touching the heart with this wonderful book and message, he also touches your funny bone.  When asked if there are any perks to being in his situation, he relays the stories of his visits to Six Flags, where he and his buddies never had to wait in line and could enjoy the rides as often as they wanted. He is clearly a hit with the ladies and can out-talk virtually anyone on sports, but his message in life is one of friendship and connection.  Jay encourages people of all ages to approach those in wheelchairs or with physical challenges the way you would anyone else-engaging in friendly conversation and even curiosity about their condition.  His openness and honesty about his life and the way he navigates his day puts anyone at ease, and suddenly you forget there is a wheelchair in the picture at all.  Once you meet Armstrong, his passion for developing meaningful friendships with people from all walks of life becomes contagious.  To have a friend, you must be a friend….and Jay effortlessly does so with his shining smile and unexpected humor. See more of his story here.

To find out more about Jay Armstrong, his book “A Day With Jay” or to have him speak at your school or social/business function, go to adaywithjay.com.