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Claire Gebben
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Hair and humans
Calling all hair aficionados. Last month, Hair: A Human History arrived on bookstore shelves. The book covers hair science, hair history, and anthropological and cultural perspectives on hair fiber. Specifically, but not limited to, human hair. The importan...
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Long-haired men
The sad news about the too-soon death of David Bowie has generated reminiscences, such as this BBC news clip of 17-year-old David Jones (he later changed his name to Bowie to avoid confusion, due to Davy Jones and the Monkees) making the news. For what? Fou...
The sad news about the too-soon death of David Bowie has generated reminiscences, such as this BBC news clip of 17-year-old David Jones (he later changed his name to Bowie to avoid confusion, due to Davy Jones and the Monkees...
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Holiday hair
This week I went for my usual cut and color at Gary Manuel Salon. "The red still looks good," my stylist Jeff said as I settled in the chair. "Should we add a stripe of green for Christmas?" "Hey, I definitely should," I laughed. But honestly, I just couldn...
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Hair digs
Oh no, he didn't. It's horrible sitting through toxic meetings where people are hating on each other while pretending civility. It's one thing to disagree in principle, another to get personal. I have a friend with gorgeous, soft, if somewhat blowsy hair. I...
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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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Scalping
I've been reading Astoria by Peter Stark, about John Jacob Astor's attempts to build a fur-trading empire on the Northwest Coast in the early 1800s. The book and the write-up about scalping is captivating. To scalp, the perpetrator typically turned his vict...
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Hair attunement
We arrive at yoga from the office, from home, amid errands or before afternoon appointments, and wait, facing forward in mountain pose, as the instructor C attunes us for our session in vinyasa. "I thought I'd start this morning by talking briefly about som...
We arrive at yoga from the office, from home, amid errands or before afternoon appointments, and wait, facing forward in mountain pose, as the instructor C attunes us for our session in vinyasa. "I thought I'd start this morn...
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Locks of Love
My friend Mona knew her hair was getting too long, but she let it grow out just a little more so she could make a bigger ponytail donation to Locks of Love . "Locks of Love?" I asked. "Yes, they make wigs. It's for kids undergoing cancer treatments and othe...
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Fawn hair
This month's Hairpisode is by Bruce Holland Rogers , award-winning fiction writer and creativity consultant. Bruce's passion for writing has taken him around the globe; he's taught writing seminars in England, Denmark, Greece, Finland, and Portugal, as well...
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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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  • Self-employed
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Female
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Maiden name: Patterson
Story
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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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