psy·chot·ic leop·ard sīˈkädik/ˈlepərd/ noun · anything that is funky, interesting, beautiful, niche, useful, and grabs one's attention

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RUDE ATTITUDE: How Twenty One Pilots & Panic at the Disco Inspired a "Too Cool For School" Sneaker Fashion Trend

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RUDE ATTITUDE: How Twenty One Pilots & Panic at the Disco Inspired a "Too Cool For School" Sneaker Fashion Trend

When I was thirteen, a boyfriend of mine was so annoyingly into computers that I vowed never to use one.  And then I ended up marrying a software engineer, who set up my first email account.  Flash forward a couple of decades, and Psychotic Leopard would not exist without the freedom and reach provided by the internet. I used to scoff at the idea of meeting people online, but it does open up a world of possibilities for a former backpacker whose single motherhood forces her to stay local.  Luckily, the computer provides me with chance encounters every so often,...

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Moral Dilemma: Monkey Mug Shots and Stealing What Might Not Matter

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Moral Dilemma:  Monkey Mug Shots and Stealing What Might Not Matter

Temptation comes in many guises.  For me, it arrived in the form of an ape.   I love unusual mugs.  I think it all started back in fifth grade when the teacher allowed us to drink hot chocolate in class, and my best friend brought in a “surprise mug”:  every sip lead to the treat sitting at the bottom, which in her case was a teddy bear.   I coveted that cup.  Later on in life, I was thrilled to discover the name of the artist famous for these “animugs,” whose name is Sarah Spademan.  I amassed a collection of...

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Freaky Fashion Moments: Encountering Foot Fetish at CVS

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Freaky Fashion Moments:  Encountering Foot Fetish at CVS

  This is a true story, and it literally happened less than a week ago.   I was at the CVS in Rye Ridge Plaza, because I had a coupon for Aussie shampoo, my favorite. Crouched down in the aisle, trying to figure out if it was really worth buying three for $11.49, I was suddenly aware of someone standing too close. The next thing I knew, he was on the floor next to me, my first thought being, oops, had I been taking too long blocking the conditioner?   He was half my age, muscular, with mirrored sunglasses on,...

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Back to School Fashion: JANSPORT Backpacks and High School Student Identity

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Back to School Fashion:  JANSPORT Backpacks and High School Student Identity

Nothing like a new, or “new to you” backpack in the month of August for a middle or high school student. Just before the first semester starts, it's a whole new beginning, and sometimes a whole new identity. A backpack for a teenager is often an extension of him/herself, because it goes back and forth to school, and is worn right against the body every day. So choosing one that fits just right, on multiple levels, is very important. When I was in high school, Jansport was always a favorite and classic brand, though there were not as many fashion...

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Strong Powerful Women: IVY BERKE - NONSTOP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR IN HER FIFTIES

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Strong Powerful Women:   IVY BERKE - NONSTOP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR IN HER FIFTIES

        This is the second in a series of blogs about strong women I know, and this month's choice is Ivy Berke, my "Cut Above" class teacher.  Her fitness career has spanned more than three decades, and she manages to run her own businesses, model for Athleta, and still have boundless amounts of energy. From the first class, I noticed there was something about Ivy that glowed besides her incredibly gorgeous smile, and I had to find out what it was.   You've been doing this for more than thirty years. What drew you to this career? I really did...

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