#June1-30Challenge Day 23

Day 23 In or Out
June 23, 2016. Britain votes today whether to stay in the European Union or get out of it.  The choice is simple: In or Out. But the ramifications of a vote to leave are complex and uncertain.
Have you ever had to choose In or Out? Maybe it was a job that you didn’t like. Or a business deal. Maybe you were in a relationship where you had to choose In or Out.
Write about making a simple but difficult choice.


June 1993.
The ex gave me an ultimatum: either you quit Mattel or I’m out of this marriage.
OK, I quit.
I painted.
I tried to make a go of being a full-time fine artist.
I really missed a regular paycheck.

Mattel calls with a temp offer.
I call back, agreeing to work 3 days a week.
The ex says “I’m gone,” and moved out.
I was sad for about a week.

Best out that happened to me.

One of the dolls that I worked on during my divorce:
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[Image source: The Barbie Collection — site works intermittently]

Wait. I just remembered something.
We got married on June 23, 1979.
Cue eerie theremin music.


#June1-30Challenge Day 22: Fashion Dos

Day 22 Bill of Rights
June 22, 1944. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the “GI Bill of Rights” to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.
We’ve heard of the “Voters’ Bill of Rights”, “Patients’ Bill of Rights”, and “The Bill of Rights” made up of the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
Today you get write your own Bill of Rights. What “Rights” do you want to award to yourself or your family?

Over-40 Fashion Bill of Rights

Dress for yourself.

“Age-appropriate” is a guideline for children.

Peer pressure is a thing of the past.

If it brings you joy, wear it.

Freedom from [insert fruit here] body shape dilemmas.

Flaunt your favorite parts!

Minimal, maximal, or in-between — your choice.

Rules? Who wrote them anyway?

Invisibility is for panty lines, not humans.

Leopard is a neutral.

Pao, Melanie, me in Vancouver, BC last July at the 40+ Blogger Meetup

Are you an over-40 blogger and fond of fashion?
I’ll be hosting a meetup in Santa Monica, CA — Dec 2 – 4.
More details over on SpyGirl, my Fashion Blog.



#June1-30Challenge Day 21: Art Hero

Day 21 Twenty-one Gun Salute
June 21, 1919. Admiral Ludwig von Reuter scuttled the German fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The nine sailors killed were the last casualties of World War I.
In every was there are men and women worthy of honor for their sacrifices and bravery.
The Twenty-one gun salute is the military’s way of honoring someone. Who would you like to honor? Who do you consider a hero? Write about him or her.
Alternative: What would like to be honored for? How would you like to be honored?

Leslie A. Brown, Art Hero

Leslie and I first met 21 years ago at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.
[Cannot find our early photo. Leslie will be relieved].

The creative sparks fly when we’re together.

Leslie A. Brown, Blissful Annie, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12″

We make each other laugh.

I’m so glad we found each other!

See Leslie’s amazing work on her website here.


#June1-30Challenge Day 20:

Day 20 Twenty Minutes
June 20, 1963. The United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line communication link between the two countries.
If you could have a hot line to any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Who would you want to chat with if you only had twenty minutes on the hot line? What would you tell them?

I Hate the Telephone

When I was a kid, we had a party line. This meant that several homes shared the same wires, so if Mrs. Putnam was having a conversation with Mrs. Stevens, you could listen in. Mom drilled into us, “Do NOT play with the phone!”
Fast forward to the eighties to my first job out of college and call waiting.What was it, a horrible beeping when a call was incoming? The boss INSISTED that we answer the second call, in case it was her. I dropped so many calls.
I still have a landline, but it’s been unplugged for a long time. Sorry if you tried reaching me that way. Try email!

I like email.

#June1-30Challenge Day 19: For Dad

Day 19 Nineteenth Letter? No!
June 19, 1989. The movie Batman premiered. My Andrew thought Batman a great hero.
Can you be a blogging hero without utilizing the 19th letter of the alphabet?
Do not utilize the nineteenth letter of the alphabet when writing your article to be made public on your blog today. The topic of the article may be anything you like. It can be any length. But it cannot contain the nineteenth letter! 

Day of Dad

1982, Providence, RI

Hi Dad,
I now have your hairdo, though I go more trimmed on the lower part of my head. You’ve been gone for twenty now. We all yearn for you.  Have a great Dad Day!

#June1-30Challenge Day 18: Eighteen!

Day 18 Photo Challenge
June 28, 2016. The White House News Photographers Association “Eyes on History” gala takes place tonight.
The photo challenge is getting harder as the number increases!
Post a picture representing the number 18. It can be eighteen items, eighteen people, or something showing the number 18. Maybe even an 18-year-old!
Alternative: Post a gallery of 18 photos that have a shared theme. Or post three galleries each with six pictures having a shared theme.

I’m eighteen and just graduated from high school.
I sewed my dress out of bed sheets because we were told not to.


#June1-30Challenge Day 17: Haiku

Day 17 Seventeen Syllables
June 17, 1971.  The Okinawa Reversion Agreement was signed. This agreement between the United States and Japan returned control of Okinawa to Japan.
A Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry. It is three lines: the first and third lines have five syllables each and the second line has seven syllables for a total of seventeen syllables. They are often about nature.
Write a Haiku. Please include a picture that illustrates your poem.

Fancy leopard bra
Midlife undercover treat
No longer useful