My personal love of rock hounding is paralleled with spiritual lesson and application in this lesson. Rocks do truly cry out the praises of the One who made them.
Memories of "Duck and Cover" drills done in schools back in the 1950's and early 60's. Many people have vivid memories of these drills and at the time there was a cartoon film shown in schools called "Duck and Cover."
I am considering a tiny house in my future. I am trying out a studio apartment. The transition was simple enough as far as the move was concerned, but how valuable is having your own space?
Revisiting past decades boosts our sense of appreciation. The brief reflections will encourage us, as well as those who have passed seventy, to embrace the privilege of future birthdays with joy.
Anger is a normal emotion. It is one of the emotions we bear as being created the image of our Creator. As the Bible tells us, indeed even God himself gets angry! Does that make it right to be angry with God?
People get really tripped up when they come across hypocrites and pretenders. I almost lost my Faith when I saw it on my Christian College Campus. Should we bar hypocrites and Pretenders from the Church?
My name is Margaret, and I want people to call me by my name. People who knew me when I was growing up still call me by a nickname that I have long outgrown.
This article is about a group of former USAF radar types who were given a tour of the AMOC facility in Riverside California. After reading this article, you will understand what AMOC is and how it works 24/7 to protect our borders.
Much of the time, people cannot seem to eloquently state logical advice, and instead reach in the bag of horrendous inspirational quotes. This adds nothing to the discussion. Let's explore examples.
Believe it or not, church people can be rude or clueless about church etiquette. Here are some common problems and some resolutions.
Stereotype and cliché imply that all are the same. That's fine if we're talking about auto parts, but when applied to humanity, the result is a dead society. Oneness is unique people working together.
I was the top student at junior school and was expected to fly through secondary school without a hitch. But I found my all girls' private school too rigid in its discipline and I started to rebel.
A tribute to Michael Jackson. I miss Michael Jackson and mourn his death. I was looking forward to his comeback tour and am sad that he's gone.
Parenting any child is a challenge, but parenting a child with special needs adds many challenges, heartaches, and headaches. There is always a reason to be grateful
When young guys began the Sagging Pants Showing Their Underwear Fad, America loved it, so to speak. But what went wrong with women who didn't want to partake of this fad?
These Christmas stockings still remain in honor of the 26 lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy. My son reminded me that many parents had probably already brought holiday gifts for their children. healthylife2 My desire to perform 26 random acts of...
My personal struggle with trying to hang on to a ridiculously handsome, charming man that has many, many female friends on Facebook, Instagram and in person. The struggle is read, the struggle is riddled with anxiety, and the struggle lives on as I try to hold on to love and our castles in the sky.
I grew up in a mill town. It was a different time back then. Most people didn’t lock their doors, and didn’t worry at all about their kids playing outside unattended. I share some memories of my childhood growing up near the mill. Also included, my watermelon seed story.
Traditions, as we mostly know, are the stories, beliefs, customs and routines that were passed on to us from older generations. Without a doubt family traditions are important.
This article will discuss when and how I received my mom's adoption papers in the mail and the initial steps I took to investigate my newly found biological family.
Sometimes you have a brief chance encounter with someone, but it makes a lasting impression. This story is about one of those times, the time I “almost met” a baby in a swim class.
Omar's Rubaiyat is one of Alex's poetic and artistic illustrations of the deeper philosophies of mind and body. He delves into the work and gives it his love and praises.
My husband died suddenly two months ago. It was so very cold that night and we had just gone to bed. I was snuggled safely beside him, my hand on his chest and his arm around me. Then his breathing changed. I could not wake him. I called to...
The word 'Amen' is overused because some people have a habit of saying 'Amen' to everything. Therefore, nothing stands out.
Although poetry is one of the oldest forms of literature and written expression it is also perhaps the least appreciated. In this article, I try to explain how poetry should be read and enjoyed.
I was a Girl Scout and now I am a Girl Scout Leader to my daughter and many other wonderful girls. Don't be quick to dismiss this fantastic organization, take the time to find out how it can actually benefit your family! This is my experience!
I decided to write about my journey here to hubpages. And then, of course, compile a few short poems to go along with my thoughts.
Why do intelligent people drink and drive, and risk DUI/DWI arrest? Do people think they have to be stumbling and slurring their speech to be too impaired to drive?
Life throws you a curveball. How do you respond? What is the right thing to do? Did you make the right decision? Do you sometimes wonder how things could have turned out if you’d just…?
Throughout my life, I've received signs from someone or something, a watching presence that is somehow aware of what happens with me and when I need help. Some will say they are mere conincidences. I chose to continue to live a mystical life and believe that "this" is not all there is; it is only one tiny part of something divine.
A consideration of what it's like to live without the technology so many have come to depend on. Could we as a people survive and if we did, how would it change us? Do you think you would make it?
People find love in many places--the supermarket, the clubs, dating services, etc. But I found love playing Scrabble on-line from a game called Wordfeud.
If I had to choose two words that define the ethos of the hillfolk I met during my brief sojourn in Kandbari, they would be simple and contented. This is the fifth in a series of ten Hubs on a holiday in Kandbari. Beauty abounds in the hills of...
Grandparents become preoccupied with the expectation of a grandchild. Too excited to wait, I began my conversation with my unborn grandson a few weeks early. Here are five promises I made to him.
There is no wrath like a mother whose son has been scorned. The fury that I felt from the heart break that my son experienced was quite unexpected. And I couldn't heal his pain.
Everyday home and public technologies can really be lame. They can make a Hubble telescope but they can't make a hair dryer cord that doesn't curl up in knots.
How would the world be different if superpowers were real? What would change if super powers were discovered?
I hadn’t flipped. I just happen to love snails. These creatures are so cute and always mind their own business. And they are always home.
This is my personal experience with hookup culture on my college campus. I willingly entered hookup culture without knowing the effects or how I would be treated once I entered it. I faced problems trying to leave, not knowing how to leave without socially isolated myself from my peers.
I have always thought polyamory relationships were interesting, even as a kid when I saw them on TV talk shows (yes, there were plenty of those, even in the ‘90s) and in movies. After becoming conscious of my African roots and culture, I started to hear about polyamorous relationships....
It only takes a change of our looking at all those obstacles to a state of inner peace for them to evaporate in our laughter over waiting for so long to do it.
How many maids are enough in a middle class household? Although now rare in the western industrialized world, servants, as used in the olden times, are still a principal part of a family’s home in many countries.
Diagnosed and still fighting cancer, I am dealing with the effects and emotions of my husband's illness. We all need a break and this is a story of my break to get air and think.
The death of a child, even an adult child, is always traumatic. It's even more so when that death is a suicide. This is a mother's story of her adopted daughter's life for as long as we knew it.
Dreams have always been mystical and symbolic and a lot has been written and recorded about them. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba says that one cannot dream about Him unless He wills it.
How do we age gracefully? Youth is more a state of mind than a number and we are as young as we feel. This article helps put the aging process into perspective, giving you the freedom to feel young and vibrant at any age.
This is a story of one person's experience of loosing a baby. Read about how the Japanese hospital dealt with the loss and the emotions involved. If you have experienced a loss or know somebody who has, this article may be helpful in understanding how to heal and live through the long journey ahead.
I'm writing some thoughts about the relationship that I shared with my beloved mother, Catherine Stewart. She was extremely dear to me.
We can write. But, there are things which hinder us. So we need to know them to correct them. Only then we can enjoy the wonders of writing.
Rochelle Frank’s Hub called Survival in the 1930's is an eye opening account of survival that many people born after 1960 probably cannot imagine -- Unless they were born into the poverty of the poorest Appalachian regions, the most destitute part of a rundown inner city, or a third world country. I have only a few stories to contribute.
The most inimitable place to be, besides in my husband’s arms, is Harrogate, Tennessee. The rolling hills, clean crisp air, and spaciousness all surpass the city life. The memories and joy I experience when I am there will always...
My evening run took me on a trail winding through a maze of fields loaded with kids learning about rules, teamwork, favoritism, and the discomfort of athletic cups.
This is my story about why I have gray hair. Actually, it’s the gray hair I asked for, my Aunt Totsie’s gray hair. So you see, I could never dye it. How often do we get exactly what we asked for?
I think about death and dying all the time. I am not afraid of death. I don't want my friends and family to mourn my death because my soul is ready whenever God calls me home.
Diary of an adult ballet student in Hong Kong - how it all began and how she gets addicted to ballet.
This personal essay expolores how reading is a journey of self-discovery. This essay explores the impact texts such as Frankenstein, Metamorphosis, and The Thing Around Your Neck has impacted my reading experiences. It also Franz Kafka, Castano & Kidd, and Romain Rolland's perspectives on reading.
This now funny punishment threat of being given to a rag man worked for a time. My mother saw real rag men when she was growing up. They still exist in places & help to recycle old cloth into new.
Each and every person in this world is afraid of something. And one of the most common is the fear of failure. But to achieve success we need to overcome our fears and be confident in ourselves. With self-confidence comes success.
I think mice are cute, but I don't want them in my house. Here are some stories of my travails trying to evict them.
I have survived wearing glasses, contact lenses, LASIK surgery and a cataract operation. I am forever grateful to modern science. technology and the amazing people who made this possible.
The NICU can be an amazing place. It can also be extremely terrifying. Often times a parent of a baby in the NICU is so overwhelmed with worry for their child, that their own feelings are overlooked. This is my personal journey with the NICU and the feelings I experienced.
The world has changed since the 1970's, even our bicycles. Sometimes it's worth a look back to remember how things used to be.
Books are slowly being replaced by the electronic reader. But will they become obsolete? Let's explore this question.
We learn all manner of things on our quiet walks in the country. Would you like to join us on this one?
This article chronicles an elderly woman's gradual descent into Alzheimer's dementia, which eventually kills her at the age of 78.
Have you ever had a company change and cheapen one of your favorite products? Know that frustration? This happened to two of my most dearly loved items!
When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade. Sell it man!! How the negative actions of a thief in the oilfields led me into a full time career as a nationally known Master Craftsman in Branson Missouri
What are the similarities between the writing process of poetry and yoga? I'll discuss three of them--being mindful, relaxed and precise.
Throughout my life, I have asked for signs from Spirit. They have always come, often in very peculiar ways, but they have always come. This is the story of a few that were particularly memorable.
Is is weird to meet couples who are obviously not the same age? Ever find yourself considering such a relationship? In this hub I share my story of finding true love with an older man.
I just want to share how I dealt with a sudden death when it happened to my family. I hope my tips will help others cope better in times of sudden death. It is very hard indeed to deal with sudden death but staying strong and positive helps a lot.
What does a woman want in a husband? More than looks and finances, she wants to be secure in his love and devotion and she wants to laugh. That's what I think and what I tell about my husband and our relationship.
My Hobbies Life without a hobby is like food without the salt. It is a hobby which makes living interesting. It is a pursuit outside one’s regular work. A hobby gives one joy and pleasure; one does not get tired of it. It is a pastime, relaxation...
How many of you have seen Animal House? That wonderful scene where Kevin Bacon is attempting to join the fraternity and is "willingly" receiving swats to prove his worth? Why do we do the same thing?
Everyday technology for the average person can be baffling, or we use it improperly, or it has a mind of its own. It can drive you crazy or you can make it crazy.
In this article grief and loss receive attention--how it is okay that we process them very individualistically.
This is a true story about a UFO and alien encounter in the Nevada desert that was related to me many years ago. Only this UFO sighting has a rare distinction from other UFO reports as the visitors explained the meaning of life and death. We all have a purpose for being here.
9:25 am, March 30th, 2009, my life as I know it turned upside down! With the sudden death of my child my perfectly healthy three year old daughter Savanna who passed away in her sleep. I'm making this article to maybe help others that may find then...
A universal love story that tells the tale of two women finding themselves, through each other. An honest glimpse into the fluidity of sexuality and identity.
Supermarket shopping in modern times can be an extremely frustrating business. Do you ever find yourself mentally and physically drained after a simple visit to the supermarket? This page takes a tongue in cheek look at some of the issues we are likely to encounter on a daily basis at the supermarket.
This article highlights the importance of books in our academic and social lives. With the advent of electronic books and internet the superiority of books is being challenged.
I grew up in a community in Ringgold, Virginia known as the Sonshine Farm. "The Farm" had a lot of notoriety in the Ringgold and Danville area, many people believing it was a cult. While it was not a cult, it was started by a group of Christian...
Remembering need not take money or be difficult. Remembering a loved one only requires digging deeply into your memories and sharing those memories with others in a safe and meaningful ritual.
We all want to live longer, healthier lives. But how do we face middle age and beyond with grace, dignity and good health. Reflections on Fifty helps you focus on what's truly important and not worry about the little stuff. And it's all little stuff.
As many as 1 in every 100 individuals might be asexual in today's day and age and yet no one really knows about us. We live in the shadows. Read one asexual's musings about others, the dating world, and the meaning of it all.
My mother, bless her heart, is with The Lord right now and what a time they are having. I am publishing this piece as a gesture of due appreciation to her and her life of service. I just hope that I did her justice.
My husband and I both suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD). Contrary to what you might think, it's the best relationship I've ever been in.
Sad lines are found in novels, poetry and especially music. What's the saddest line YOU'VE ever heard? Or wrote? Join the "sad line challenge" and see if you can write a line that can make me cry!
Dr. Maya Angelou dared to dream. To hear her voice in person is to experience poetic grace. She recited a poem in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a luncheon for women civil rights leaders.
A broken tree on Mt. Petit Jean, golden droplets of resin could become pure amber in centuries. There's a common myth that artists, writers and people in creative professions suffer from mental illness. Specific famous artists like Van Gogh and...
Nothing annoys a smoker more than being approached by a goody two shoes trying to lecture them on the dangers of smoking. How do you deal with them.
A humorous look at growing up on Long Island in the 1970's, highlighting the role that the Long Island Oak beach Inn played in that process.
If you hate football, you will be looking for something else to do on Super Bowl Sunday. Here are 25 things that are guaranteed to be more fun than the game — for non-football fans, that is.
If you knew you had only 3 months to live, would it change the way you conducted yourself? These are things I would do if I had limited time and why I would do them.
As soon as we made our way into the tower mall, I immediately felt this strange wave of oppression. From the pit of my stomach came this feeling and it traveled to my heart, and I felt a huge burden, and one that I'd never felt so powerful before.
On his first birthday, my grandchild faces a great future. With no control over that future, wishing is the least that we can do. Here are five long-term wishes for him. See the significance of five.
Sometimes you have a brief chance encounter with someone, but it makes a lasting impression. This story is about one of those times, the time I “almost met” a little girl in the ladies room.
There is a current lack of trust between Catholics and the Church leadership. However, the Church has started to take steps in the right direction.
This article is Part 2 of my story in trying to find my mother's birth parents. My mother passed away in 1999 not long after finding out she was adopted. She never learned the truth prior to her death and I'm closer than I've ever been before.
While texting and messaging is a convenient tool to keep in touch, it can often creates daily stress in our lives. Texting allows us more control over talking on the phone and allows us to establish communication boundaries.
Times have changed. Today's average woman in her seventieth year is still becoming old, although her grandmother at that same age was already very old. We look briefly at some issues in her new world.
My kids have begged me for years to write about my very unique life, which they, as well as my wife, parents, relatives, friends, and many others, have been involved in. Now, I feel this is the time, so please follow me on a journey that even you may be involved in. It will be a book someday.
The cringe is just awful when you've just been witness to another lame and gut wrenching attempt of humor. But why do they subject themselves to such humiliation?
After 15 years of being a devout Christian and having impenetrable faith, I share most of my life story of how I came to lack belief in God.
Destiny is all about a predefined directive, while I believe that everything that happens beyond our birth as humans, and that determines the way we are, depends entirely on the choices that we make throughout our lifetimes.
This article is an update on my quest to find my mother's biological parents following the opening of Indiana Adoption Records that took place on July 1, 2018.
This is the confession of a 31 year old millennial that doesn't feel like he's matured, has trouble fitting in, and can't seem to grow up.
My boyfriend's dog is the most needy, most clingy animal I have ever met in my life. Here's why I generally don't enjoy her presence. P.S. Their names are not really Stumpy and Ears.
I grew up in the late 80's-90's. Perhaps that's why I miss so much about the 90's era. It was a more innocent time, with lots of wholesome TV shows and good music. Sometimes I wish we could go back!
Some people marry their high school sweetheart and they live happily ever after. It took me years to realize had I married my high school sweetheart my life would have been miserable.
Despite the negative things about winter that people don't like, there are still things about winter that I like and enjoy. I know that winter can be miserable and bleak but I do enjoy the winter time when it comes. I like the whiteness of everything that is covered in snow.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a zombie outbreak happened? Will we be able to survive it or will the human race be pushed to extinction?
When you sympathize with others, the feeling is temporary as the feeling goes once the problem is solved.But empathy means seeing problems from other people's shoes and you share their viewpoint.
A number of entries in an autograph album, 1910-11, follow particular themes, such as Christian and Moral, Friendship and Funny. The album includes illustrations in some entries, a number of signatures and addresses from people living in the Daylesford and Chewton areas of Victoria and also in Melbourne.
Memories of the Newbridge Inn which was located North Bellmore, New York. Pizza, beer, airplanes, and bar fights. A personal recollection.
Words you speak casually, words you think are harmless, may prove just the opposite to the hearer. If you don't think so now, read my story and tell me what you think afterwards.
Do you ever wonder, “What Gives You the Right to Write?” I do all the time. While fighting my depression, I figured out what gives me and you the right to write.
Standing up and placing a hand on one's heart when Old Glory passes is a tradition that respects America and her possibilities, and honors service men and women. A reflective essay...
In the words of John Mayer, I didn't even know if I was a bad songwriter, until I at least tried to write a song.
"Oh, I thought we were friends..." Has this thought ever crossed your mind when you were interacting with a friend whom you trusted? Perhaps that friend was unresponsive to what you had said or done or was unexpectedly cold and distant. At any...
Can one person do anything to impact the whole world? In this essay, I look at three major crises facing the world and how individuals can act to help change the situation. Don't expect a comfortable little chat.
Monsters are real. They don't hide under our beds nor inside our closets. They are always with us wherever we go and whatever we do. Interested? Check out this hub!
My Father passed away recently. I am sad that he is gone, but I am glad that he is out of pain. This is a story about my Dad's life and how I coped with his death.
Want to find your true love? Maybe you've looked into online dating. In this article I talk about how I found my true love online on the game World of Warcraft.
Indigo Child Definition (courtesy of Wikipedia and Nancy Ann Tappe): A group of children supposedly possessing special traits; beliefs about the traits vary from paranormal abilities (e.g., ESP) to simply being more confident and sensitive.
Pastors have the authority to do many things as the leaders of community churches. However, there are many things pastors cannot do.
Buddha said "The trouble is, you think you have time". This is true for pretty much all of us. We put things off believing that there will always be time to do them later, that it is never too late. But one day it will be. What better reason to do the things we have always wanted to do, NOW.
A hike up St. Mary Peak in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana give me an occasion to consider my own personal struggles and those of the world around me. May we gain hope and courage from one another
Some of my favourite childhood memories are of my visits to relatives in Easton, a lively multicultural area in Bristol, England. Banksy's graffiti career began there. Easton was a working class area in my childhood and has some problems today, but it also had and has some very worthy qualities.
This is a look at some of the places and memories in New York City over the years. This article is mostly from personal experience. As with New York City in general some things have changed and some things remain constant.
In an interesting manner, I received guidance that my Sadhana should be to see God in all and realize the God within. Though the Sadhana seems esoteric and fantastic, there are practical problems. How can I see God in someone I don't like or someone I detest?
This is my second marriage to a wonderful man. This article explains the 12 reasons why I love this man who gives me unconditional love.
Those three words can get tossed around too frequently, so that the true meaning gets lost in translation.
"I'm not going to fight your battles for you. Get thicker skin!" My former boss said that to me. My crime? I told him that a female in a different department was bullying our department and asked him to speak to her boss about it. He was a...
If we live long enough, each of us will experience the heartbreaking loss of someone we love. The sudden void is made all the worse by the knowledge that we will never see that person again. That is, unless they find a way to let us know that they have made it to the other side and are at peace.
I couldn't help but notice. No—really. I couldn't help but notice because it's dark outside, your blinds are wide open, and all the lights in your entire house are on. My eyes are drawn to the light—and thus to you—like a moth to a flame.
If you suffer from a water bottle addiction or obsession, you are not alone. Please join me as I try to beat my addiction and give you tips on overcoming your own water bottle obsession.
Is God punishing you? If so, why? If not, why are these things happening to you? This article answers those questions and shows you how to change and understand your situation.
According to European folklore, some wells were called Wishing Wells because it was believed that any wish spoken near them would be granted.
Yes, you were told to make your bed after you get out of it in the morning. Scientists have given a very good reason why you should not make your bed every morning.
For two hours, the three of us—Death, my mother and I shared the room. Following are some insights Death shared about himself throughout our conversation. They impressed me.
This article is a satirical approach to the practice of cryonics. It discusses the various ways in which the idea of preserving your body after death is a terrible idea.
One of the best accidents that can happen is an exploding can of soda pop. I have had this happen more than once. Sometimes I laughed. Sometimes I grew angry. The next time I got another soda—to not take chances.
Mothers show their love differently. This is a story of 2 mothers who are OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and have sacrificed something just to prove their love of family.
Sometimes a brief chance encounter makes a lasting impression. It can even be life changing. This story is about one of those times, the time I “almost met” Lily at the pool.
If you're petite and are now living somewhere in Holland, you will surely relate to this article. Don't worry you are not alone in your struggle and though there may be a lot of perks to living in Holland, it sure does offer some very awkward moments that only us, petite girls would understand...
My best friend and I have been friends for 45 years. This article is about all we have endured together through all the years of our friendship, and a celebration of our life long friendship.
I outline 10 aspects of the 90's that are no longer around or have evolved into something else over the past 30 years in a love letter to the decade. I cover: video rentals, MTV, landlines, magazines, sitcoms, technology, celebrities, handwriting, and cartoons.
The personal impact of a simple in-flight movie and how the compassion of total strangers made this an unforgettable ending to our perfect adventure.
Read about my experience learning about social norms and cultural prescriptions concerning gendered verbal communication, and how masculine speech differs from feminine speech.
I love my friends so much, yet even I had the misfortune some years back to have a friend who was so high maintenance that I had to get rid of her as she refused to do anything other than rely on me. This is my story of what I did when a friend became a nuisance....
We had to say goodbye to my 18 year old cat in February. It was probably the hardest decision I ever had to make in my life.
Back in 1987 I overheard my present boss talking to the Diocese regarding him leaving his position as Supervisor of Maintenance in a Catholic High School, to taking on a position as Manager of a 32 acre cemetery is Trenton, New Jersey.
They're everywhere and sometimes we just can't avoid them, like taking medicine that tastes like rotten eggs. But who among is unlucky to be this stinky?
We all have that one solitary moment that we could never forget...when we go off-the-grid it changes us and it makes us long for that moment again especially nowadays that everything has turned digital..well, here's my story.
For the last 4.5 years I have been looking into my deceased mother's birth family. I received her original birth certificate early December 2018 and have made great strides learning about my biological family that is still alive today.
A happy-go-lucky dog and his overly-anxious-for-a-weekend-adventure owner embark on an afternoon hike that quickly becomes much more than they had anticipated. The scenery of the western Montana wilderness enhances this story of an afternoon walk which quickly becomes a struggle to stay alive.
In my career as a mobile locksmith I met many people in strange situations. Here are a few of my experiences.
The history of the English language along with some interesting facts, weird words, and quirky features of English.
Some call it the ugliest daffodil in the world, but others think it is beautiful. How did this once thought extinct native of Wales get into the Tennessee hills in the USA?
Everyone including your best friend who never wanted to get married, is getting married. This article will explain how to cope with the ups and downs with single life.
Ritche was the second man I was assigned to during the time I worked as a volunteer providing support to people with AIDS. Blaine, the first man I worked with was a gentle soul and had made peace with the world and with his dying. Ritchie was another matter entirely.
Take a little journey down the rabbit hole with me as I ponder why some shoes have such exquisitely bizarre names.
For my son's birthday, I wanted to give him a special gift - some words of wisdom that he can reflect on as he grows. I know he's too young to understand it all now but one day he will.
Near the top of the hill, we make a preliminary gratitude list, beginning with: The View from the Mountaintop, The Mountain Guides, The Scars, Strength: Outer and Inner, and The Supernatural.
There is much to be learned while out walking with my dog. Join us and see the world through Maggie's eyes.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is an obsessive mental illness that can cause people to believe they are so ugly they try to kill themselves, or have extensive plastic surgery with weird results!