Beauty Therapist

Beauty Therapist

It’s good for women and good for men too. Be happy with beautiful hair-free skin, the skin you’ve always dreamed of. I so believe this is the way to rid yourself of unwanted face and body hair, I decided to write about it today. It’s all about electrolysis, permanent hair removal. With electrolysis, little-by-little the hair follicles disappear. I have been visiting an electrologist for as long as hair appeared on my face, hair that would be better on my hubby’s face, not mine. My visits after treatment dwindled in frequency, now I go only yearly, or if I see one hair, I do not tweeze, I usually visit my electrologist.

Rita Hayworth before-after-hairline-electrolysis

Rita Hayworth before-after-hairline-electrolysis

I know there are other methods of hair removal, but I know that none, I mean none, are permanent. Only electrolysis is permanent. Recently, after being with my electrologist for the last fifteen years, she, Fatima, decided to go back to school. I had to find someone new. Today’s recommendation came from my hair salon, Karen Kolenda, State Licensed Electrologist, who’s office is at the Brick Walk in Fairfield, CT. Karen has good hands. We talked before the treatment when she asked if I ever had electrolysis, and yes, I had. I knew what to expect, and was pleased that it was exactly as I expected. Her office is clean and, although small, is well layed out and comfortable.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
electrolysis slide_7Charles Michel was an American ophthalmologist best known for publishing the first clinical report of successful electrology in 1875. Michel was practicing in St. Louis, Missouri, when he began using a battery-powered needle epilator to treat trichiasis (ingrown eyelashes) in 1869. This direct current–powered method was called electrolysis because a chemical reaction in the hair follicle causes sodium hydroxide to form, which damages the follicle. Electrolysis is also sometimes called galvanic electrolysis.
 Do not fear the use of the fine probe that gives off a small amount of electrical current to destroy the hair root permanently without puncturing or harming the skin. The current is adjustable for your comfort, and feels like a pin prick. Some areas are more sensitive than others, but as I mentioned, the current is adjustable and can be lessened.
One of my friends, a young woman, began shaving her facial hair, and now, she has to shave everyday. All methods, except electrolysis, causes the hair to thicken and grow deeper. Facial hair does seem to begin to be prevalent when a woman’s hormones begin to change, usually in the late forties or early fifties.
For more answers to your questions, you can call Karen or visit her. It is not expensive to do this. I usually only need 15 minutes, that cost me today $28 cash or check. So worth every penny. Less than a manicure.
Karen Kolenda Gregory, Suite !-5 Downstairs at the Brick Walk, 1275 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-254-2480.


Dear Readers:

Indigo Sky coming

Catskill Brook

5-star reviews for Indigo Sky!

In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hasheesh. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband. When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on a  chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger–she learns hard lessons of murder, kidnapping and more that almost destroy her.

Indigo Sky

It will be a busy season now that the print version of my book, published by Soul Mate Publishing, is being released in July 2016.

In the near future, a contest to give away a one-of-a-kind prize will be announced, offering a fine print of the image you see in blues above, my painting of the brook in my book, sans the script, of course. Watch for details . . .

I have so much going on, there’s barely time to breathe. We have an exciting photography show, by talented photographer Bruce Dunbar, at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, celebrating 50 years of Lockwood’s survival, being installed April 1, and open to the public April 7, and then in July, to coordinate with Lockwood’s fifteenth year of its being saved from demolition, my painting project of images from Coney Island, 25 works or more, past and present, will be installed. You will be invited to a smashing catered party on Thursday, September 8, 2016, with a reception for the Coney Island show . . . ballroom dancing demo performed by our amazing instructors, Monika Barska and partner Henry Skoop. Caterer, Susan Kane will be serving her elegant tasty tidbits.

Are you up for a contest? Your comments please!



Ritz Carlton

Ritz Carlton

A hidden gem, right near the beach, boutique shopping and four centuries of history, why not go there? If you are fortunate enough to find out about Amelia Island . . . it’s worth a visit. Last year, we found it by accident on our way home from Florida. This year, we planned a visit. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway, this unspoiled barrier island is just two miles wide and 13 miles long.

Amelia island sandWith wide white beaches, sand dunes and the oldest lighthouse in Florida, it is a perfect setting to write your next book, paint your beach scenes or sketch the charming waterfront town that serves as an island hub.

Amelia is footsteps in the sandBeachcombing is popular to walk barefoot and feel the cool sand between your toes, gathering shells and shark teeth. Endangered sea turtles are also partial to Amelia Island’s beaches and return every year to lay their eggs in protected nests on the island’s shores.

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The 19th century well-preserved Fort Clinch and Park is not the only history to be discovered. With 4,000 years of natural and human history, Amelia Island is the only piece of land in the entire United States that has actually been under the rule of eight different flags, six of which are France, Spain, England, Mexico, Confederate and their own Patriots of Amelia Island. You’ll have to visit to find out more. Or, that pirates once roamed off Amelia Island shores.

Amelia is beachWe stay in Fernandina Beach on the northern half of Amelia Island. Honored by the National Trust for its historic preservation, and home to a 50-block Historic District. Fernandina Beach is a lively town that is popularly described as a “tropical Mayberry.”

gardens in the rear of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

Gardens in the rear of Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island

We saw golfers challenged by the oceanfront holes and marsh-view greens. The charm of this city is art-inspiring. We have two favorite places to stay, both Marriott, Residence Inn where you can eat in and have a free breakfast or order the best pizza ever from Towne Pizza, or the Ritz Carlton, depending on your mood and wallet . . . country informal or high-brow formal. Jeans are acceptable everywhere!



Plexiglass in purple, the latest!

Plexiglass in purple, 21st century. Yes, it is comfortable.

Survival of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is the impetus for a 50th anniversary celebration to acknowledge the Women’s Junior League that saved the Lockwood-Mathews’ home from demolition. A part of the celebration will be an exhibition, a retrospective of the fascinating and tumultuous decade of the 1960s, which will feature artists’ work based on their interpretations of 1960s.

Sixties prototypes

Prototypes. Lower right is a vacuum cleaner! These are reminiscent of the Memphis designs.

The Sixties were the years of throw-away furniture, clothing, drugs, free love and demolishing buildings of significance. Born during this era, new techniques . . . molded, colorful plastics, designs of novelty and glass box-like structures. The industrial aesthetic and high tech became the rage, especially for loft-lovers who enjoyed occupying and living and working in those huge industrial spaces. With the advent of the birth control pill, the decade was labeled the Swinging Sixties because of the libertine attitudes that emerged.

Met life building Walter Gropius completed 1963

Met life building Walter Gropius completed 1963

Woodstock 1969

Woodstock 1969

Social change saw the American Civil Rights movement, the rise of feminism and gay rights. The counterculture movement dominated the second half of the 1960s, its most famous moments being the Summer of Love in San Francisco in 1967, and the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York in 1969.

John Lennon by Wahol

John Lennon by Warhol

MMonroe         Psychedelic drugs, especially LSD, were widely used medicinally, spiritually and recreationally throughout the late 1960s, and were popularized by Timothy Leary with his slogan “Turn on, tune in, drop out“. Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters also played a part in the role of “turning heads on”. Psychedelic influenced the music, artwork and films of the decade, and a number of prominent musicians died of drug overdoses (see 27 Club). There was a growing interest in Eastern religions and philosophy, and many attempts were made to found communes, which varied from supporting free love to religious puritanism.

Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg

Along with artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol appropriated images from commercial art and popular culture as well as the techniques of these industries. Often called “pop artists“, they saw mass popular culture as the main vernacular culture, shared by all irrespective of education.

Anniversary special for Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Read in Connecticut Plus where Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s events are spelled out. 295 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850 – 203-838-9799. Dates: October 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Watch for details.






Squall with snow on this Monday morning, 27 December 2010, in New York City, like here, at a crossroad in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We had better stayed at home, by the fireplace... Happy New Year 2011!

Snowy squall in New York City

Weather fascination supersedes fashion, food, and festivals. While in sunny Florida, severe weather covered the northeast. What is severe weather?

severe-weather-weather-250420_1024_768 severe-weather-at-wake2According to Wikipedia Severe weather refers to any dangerous meteorological phenomena with the potential to cause damage, serious social disruption, or loss of human life. As we know, the types of severe weather phenomena vary, depending on the latitude, altitude, topography, and atmospheric conditions. High winds, hail, excessive precipitation, and wildfires are forms and effects of severe weather, as are thunderstorms, down-bursts, lightning, tornadoes, waterspouts, tropical cyclones, and extratropical cyclones. Regional and seasonal severe weather phenomena include blizzards, snowstorms, ice storms, and duststorms.

Each phenomenon is a history lesson. It is interesting to note that forty-mile an hour winds caused the collapse of the Tacoma Narrow Bridge roadway in 1940. With bridge building lessons learned, it was rebuilt in 1950.


InclementWeatherFor the tri-state area, below zero temperatures in January/February shocked everyone. And then at the end of February, hurricane force winds, sixty-five mph, knocked down trees, power lines and blew shingles off roofs like they were sheets of paper strewn in the wind.

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Sunset . . .  from the 19th floor of our condo in peaceful contrast. Sun streams at the entry. Florida is the place to be in January and February, even with chilly temps, rain and wind, it’s delightful. The sun sometimes lurks behind the clouds. Did you know that you could still burn when the sun is hiding?

What’s next on the weather channel? Will you tune in?

Dancing in Florida . . .


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