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In response to Lynne Tatum  – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, Sanford Rosenthal said:

I read the article about hair by Lynne Tatum this week.  I used to solicit help by frequenting the barber shop for my haircuts monthly.

The last time I went was over a year ago.  I had to wait too long while other customers came and went.  I vowed never to go through that again as I picked myself up and walked out the door without a haircut.

I immediately purchased electric hair clippers and professional barber scissors.  These scissors have blades probably only about 4 inches long but really sharp.  It is necessary for me to have the sharpness because then it doesn’t pull the hair but rather cuts it effortlessly.

I use a guard on the electric clippers.  I think it is around one or two eighths long.  This protects my hair from getting cut unevenly.  Different length guards are available for longer or shorter length haircuts.

After the electric clippers I use the scissors.  There are always strands of hair that barbers call feathers.  The scissors can cut any loose hairs left over from the clippers.

On the sides and back I use a wet shave razor with some shaving cream.  Pre shaving oil applied before the shaving cream helps stop razor burn.  After shave balm applied after the razor cut also is helpful in stopping any uncomfortable abrasiveness on the sensitive nape of the neck.

That is the whole process.  It takes me about a half hour or less.  The cleanup and oiling of equipment takes a few more minutes.  I find that having this equipment at home enables me to make time to clip and cut much more often than when I used to go to barber shops.

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I am writing to respond to three items in the Feb. 7 Matilda Ziegler.

In response to Lynne Tatum – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, I certainly hope that the awful experiences you described regarding hair care (or lack thereof) in your early childhood are now the rare exception rather than the tragic norm.  I couldn’t be happier that you have found a reliable and capable stylist into whose capable hands you can place your tremendous tresses.  My hope is also that African-American women who choose to style their own hair no longer have to contend with harsh, smelly products like the old Tony perms.

Regarding Karen Crowder’s contribution about Jenny, who realized her dream of being an on-air personality (Past Treasures), I would have loved to hear Jenny’s show.  My love of oldies includes Rock ‘N Roll from the mid fifties to the late 70’s, with specific emphasis on soul ballads, soul music in general and music recorded on the Motown label.

Sadly, I’m not surprised to hear that Jenny, who now lives in Maryland, is no longer a D.J. because stations want “newer” music.

The following are some thoughts I have on your wonderful friend of many years might again pursue her love:

1.  In the Feb. 7 Special Notices, there is an item about Route 66 still airing Oldies online.  You or Jenny might want to contact that show’s host to see if there is any way they can collaborate.

2.  If your friend has computer access and familiarity with YouTube, the first link on that popular site is, “broadcast yourself.”  Hopefully, www.youtube.com, which can also be accessed through Google, will serve as a new beginning for reviving those “lost treasures.”

3.  As an ACB member, I don’t know nearly as much about ACB radio as I wish I did, but I do know that they are always looking for new programming.  If visiting www.acbradio.org does not provide info on how you might host a radio show–and if they would be an appropriate venue for Past Treasures, phone ACB’S Washington Connections toll-free at 1-800-424-8666.  If that does not help because it is more a recording of ACB’S legislative efforts and advocacy, the website, www.acb.org, will give you their local Washington, DC number under the “contact us” link.  (For more ideas, please feel free to E-mail me at songbird1953@access995.com, or tmariew313@gmail.com).

Last but not least, to comment on Steve Famiglietti’s article, “Why Is That Dog In Here,” you may have an excellent point, Steve, that if these people were to go blind and live in your shoes for even one day, they might feel differently.  Unfortunately, though, there are also blind people who dislike dogs and therefore also “just don’t get it.”

Great job!! Not only to the writers on whose items I have commented, but also all of the feature writers and contributors whose creative gifts keep this magazine the excellent and respected publication it has always been.

Terri Winaught, Pittsburgh, PA

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I read with interest Bob Branco’s Op Ed in the February 7 weekly edition on the digital talking book player. I believe NLS did a fine job of ensuring that the player is easy to use and heavy duty.

When I received my digital play on Christmas Eve of 2009, I wanted to send it back, but since I had some time to kill, I decided to see what using it would be like. I didn’t know that over a year later I would feel like I’ve worn the player out. Now I hate the time it takes to wind a tape and to have to cope with a tape that wobbles.

I’d also like to say that Karen Crowder’s – Tips for Planning for the Next Nor’easter in the January 24 Weekly Edition struck a chord with me. She may laugh when she reads that I was alarmed when I learned 5 inches of the white stuff was predicted with ice to follow. Since I have medicine that needs to be kept cold, I immediately put 4 large gel packs in the freezer to put in 2 coolers should my power go out. Though the electricity held, my food supply was a bit lacking–I had almost no vegetables. Now I try to stay supplied regardless.

Finally, Martin Jaeger’s – The Mailwoman in the January 31 Weekly Edition reminded me of the time my mail had accumulated because I’d left home on a Thursday and didn’t come back until Sunday, causing my mail lady to almost call the police.  Now when I’m going to be gone several days I let her know.

From Barbara Mattson

Spartanburg, SC

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I thought I’d comment on Romeo Edmead’s article “Who’s Dating Who?”

I have been totally blind all my life and I am comfortable dating both blind and sighted women. I was married to a sighted woman for 25 years and am now single. Most of the women I date are sighted, but that is because I don’t have much contact with blind women in my community. I am not opposed to dating blind women, but I just don’t have contact with any here in Reading, Pennsylvania. The main difference between blind and sighted women is transportation–sighted women have cars and can drive. If there are any blind women that are dating here in Reading I don’t know about them. They don’t go to the places I frequent and I have never run into them on the street.

Roy McCutcheon

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In response to the Valentine’s Day articles posted in the February 14 edition of the magazine:

I thought to share my romantic Valentine, which happened when I met my boyfriend who is now my husband.

When I lost my first husband in Canada, I took a course in college to learn computer skills and also to alleviate my loneliness.

Along the way, I met an online friend–he was sighted, and a bachelor guy from Britain who was always there to chat with and to assist with my computer problems.

To make the story short, our friendship went deeper, and on the Valentine’s Day of 2001, I received a ring, an engagement ring from my boyfriend thousands of miles away.

When the school was over, I flew to Britain to meet my waiting boyfriend.  On September 3 of 2001, he put a wedding ring onto my finger, and here we are happily living together, commemorating that romantic Valentine’s Day when he proposed to marry me.

Estelita


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