Kickstarter, Henna, and the Roman Empire


I need to kick my addiction to Kickstarter. There are just so many good ideas waiting to come to fruition…I just chipped in for three projects so now I want you to as well:

Reading Rainbow

OK, this one doesn’t technically need any additional help. But don’t you want to ensure that Reading Rainbow is available to every child on the planet?? Of course you do.

These two are Boston-based:

Poetry on the T

Replace ads with poetry on the subway! Ever since I saw poetry on London’s Tube, I’ve wanted to see it done in Boston.

Craft Beer Web Series

A student at the college where I work wants to produce a web series about local craft breweries. I want to watch this series.

Now that that’s out of the way, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I dyed my hair with henna the other day. I had read countless reviews of Lush’s henna and I was prepared for a smelly and messy time. I covered my bathroom in newspaper, whacked the blocks of henna with a meat tenderizer to make smaller pieces; mixed in boiling water, cinnamon, and paprika; and went to town.









When I was done glopping it on, I wrapped my head in saran wrap and then tied a plastic bag over my head. This was supposed to make the color more vibrant by keeping heat trapped. Lush suggested keeping it in for a couple of hours. Some reviewers kept it in for up to eight hours. I decided on four.

I personally liked the smell. It smelled like coffee grinds and tea and mud. I washed it out and waited a day or two for the true color to appear, as the reviewers noted.

Verdict: My hair feels healthier, but there was VERY LITTLE color change. Sadness. I tried the second boldest hue, so I’m going for the boldest hue next time. I like the idea of coloring my hair without chemicals, so am going to keep dabbling with the henna.

Lastly, the Roman Empire. I watched the first installment of the 1976 TV series I, Claudius. I read the novel that it’s based on a month or so ago. I found the novel a little hard to handle because there are so many characters. I can almost keep them all straight in the TV series, however. I’ve learned that extreme family dysfunction has been with us literally since the Roman times. Adultery, backstabbing, setups, poisoning…nothing is off limits in the Roman Empire. I’m looking forward to watching the next installment. It’s a soap opera for history fans!

So that’s this year’s list, folks. When I return from Block Island (#39 on the list), I’m going to publish a greatest hits list: my favorite item from each of the 10 years. Let me know if you contribute to any of the aforementioned crowdfunding campaigns. And tell me if there are any other ones I should know about. Money grows on trees, doesn’t it?




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