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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


My Gay Jenkins Smile

When I was in grade school my parent’s would get together with four other couples on a regular basis to play cards.  One of the women in the group was Gay Jenkins.  I thought Gay was so cool.  She had a huge personality, smoked like a chimney and had a smile that took over her entire face.  I have always been a natural at imitating people, so I quickly adopted Gay’s smile as my own.  I call my 3rd through 6th grade years the “Gay Jenkins’ smile years”.

One of my boys brought this photo to me and asked me who it was.  When I was done laughing I said, “That’s Gay Jenkins!”


Do you want to talk about the freaky white hair?  Can I just bullet point it for you?

  • Yes, it’s real
  • It turned green if I swam too much
  • I spent many summers with light green hair
  • It really is the real thing
  • I was easy to spot in a crowd
  • Some people thought I was an albino
  • Not many hairdressers believed that was my real hair
  • Not many believe me now
  • My high school colors were black and gold
  • I dyed half my head black for spirit week
  • It took a week for me to stop looking like a Black and White cookie
  • Yes, it really was that freaky white
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