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Claire Gebben
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Hair in my own backyard
I admit "hair in my own backyard" is a groaner headline, but when I heard about the "Free Your Pits" movement started by Roxie Hunt and Rain Sissel of Seattle, I was giddy with glee. Hair trends can be fads with an "oh, wow!" factor that quickly fades. Not ...
I admit "hair in my own backyard" is a groaner headline, but when I heard about the "Free Your Pits" movement started by Roxie Hunt and Rain Sissel of Seattle, I was giddy with glee. Hair trends can be fads with an "oh, wow!"...
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In praise of leaving my head alone
by guest blogger Kelly Davio / kellydavio.com Throughout my life, my relationship with my hair has
involved a certain amount of magical thinking. Take, for example, the time in middle school when I
unleashed a full can of my grandmother’s Paul Mitchell mous...
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Living a double life
I've been reading Joy Hakim's A History of the U.S.: From Colonies to Country . A revelation. In my education back in high school, the mid-1700s in American history was much overlooked. For instance, I'd never heard of Warraghiyagey (Mohawk for "he who does...
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Sassy hair
Holiday shopping can be an adventure. For instance, standing in line at the local Asian superstore Uwajimaya, a voice behind me said: "I like your hair. It's sassy." I turned to acknowledge the compliment, taking in the woman's short-cropped hair like mine,...
Holiday shopping can be an adventure. For instance, standing in line at the local Asian superstore Uwajimaya, a voice behind me said: "I like your hair. It's sassy." I turned to acknowledge the compliment, taking in the woman...
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I'm playing catch-up, so TLR is already at Day 5. Love love this discussion.
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At writing group last week, my friend Lucy Stimmel said she'd discovered an old photo of her grandmother. "I couldn't believe it, I kept staring at her head. What had she done to her hair? It was all plastered down, like she'...
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Hair and blood-sucking insects
Hats off to Melissa for her post at Gizmodo.com called " Why don't humans have as much hair as other primates ?" I couldn't have (and won't) say it better. Instead, I'll summarize her write-up in bullet points: Debunked theories as to why humans have less h...
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Controlling the fluff
My friend Bill is a snappy dresser with very good taste. He's retired now, but had an illustrious career designing display windows for J.C. Penney's. Yesterday we were talking about how he'd been feeling lately. "I'm pretty much okay now, but for about thre...
My friend Bill is a snappy dresser with very good taste. He's retired now, but had an illustrious career designing display windows for J.C. Penney's. Yesterday we were talking about how he'd been feeling lately. "I'm pretty m...
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Swing hair
At high school graduation, my hair was shag short. I've always hated this picture, it's downright humiliating, and worse, the photo will always appear to haunt me, every time I open my high school yearbook to reminisce. Talk about suffering the consequences...
At high school graduation, my hair was shag short. I've always hated this picture, it's downright humiliating, and worse, the photo will always appear to haunt me, every time I open my high school yearbook to reminisce. Talk ...
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Hair today, goon tomorrow
On a recent trip to Germany, I stopped in Limburg to see my friend Gudrun. She took me to the Altstadt part of town, the most medieval place I've ever seen. (Check out the little witch on the parapet in the photo on the right.) Eleventh and twelfth century ...
On a recent trip to Germany, I stopped in Limburg to see my friend Gudrun. She took me to the Altstadt part of town, the most medieval place I've ever seen. (Check out the little witch on the parapet in the photo on the right...
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Hairspray hijinks
At writing group last week, my friend Lucy Stimmel said she'd discovered an old photo of her grandmother. "I couldn't believe it, I kept staring at her head. What had she done to her hair? It was all plastered down, like she'd used sugar water for hairspray...
At writing group last week, my friend Lucy Stimmel said she'd discovered an old photo of her grandmother. "I couldn't believe it, I kept staring at her head. What had she done to her hair? It was all plastered down, like she'...
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  • Self-employed
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Female
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Maiden name: Patterson
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My first novel was 101 pages, in pencil, on ruled notebook paper. Many words later ...
Introduction
                 
I am a life-long student, fascinated by people, especially our innermost longings and how we overcome our greatest challenges.

I love hiking, history, yoga, family and friends.
Bragging rights
My novel "The Last of the Blacksmiths" is now available in bookstores and on Amazon.
Education
  • Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
    MFA, Creative Writing, 2008 - 2011
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