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I got my hair cut and dyed on my birthday. I don’t have any totally great photos of it yet, but I’ll get one.  This one’s from Kris, but he tends to wash out his photos artistically, and my hair’s now even darker than this in person.

My sister asked if it was because I have grey hair.  Well, I don’t have much grey hair, but the tufts I have, I’ve had since I was 12.  So in fact, that was one reason I didn’t want to dye it, because I didn’t want to lose those.

I’ve been thinking about making my hair darker for years, I’ve just never had the gumption to go do it.  I was nervous about it, nervous about people’s reaction.  I didn’t go too much darker, but so far, just about every one’s noticed it, and just about everyone likes it, though there’s a look of confusion on a few faces when I first meet them.

I think that hair coloring for guys is about to take off, the way tattoos on women has over the past decade.  I think it’s part of a trend to take more control over expressing our own individuality, taking control of our physical self-image, and it’s part of a continued trend towards not enforcing a particular “work” or “social” uniform, leaving people to evolve their own.

Oh, and Susie got her hair dyed, too, but that’s her story.

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

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“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

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“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

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“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

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