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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How The Florida Project Brought Me back to one of the greatest American Pictures

Posted by Lisa Johnson on

How The Florida Project Brought Me back to one of the greatest American Pictures

  I am not the kind of person who’s into “stuff.”  For special occasions, I like to be taken out to a funky ethnic restaurant, or even better, whisked away for a weekend.   Being a December baby, the holidays push right up against my birthday.  As I’d already had an awesome getaway earlier that month, I knew that another would be unrealistic, and that was fine.   However, when my boyfriend, Chris, started talking about how much I would love my Christmas gift way back in October, I knew he should stop getting his own expectations up.  He announced...

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What is Sexy? How Women Like Their Men to Dress and Why

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What is Sexy?  How Women Like Their Men to Dress and Why

  I love listening to books on tape. Whenever I'm in the car, it's often a dilemma on whether to play the spoken word or my usual hip hop, though lately I’ve been immersed in a fascinating scientific study called A Billion Wicked Thoughts:  What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals about Desire.  It looks very closely at what men and women find arousing, and why, and the very nature of the differences between our brain software.   Yesterday, I was in the middle of a section on what women find desirable in men in terms of fashion. Apparently, many of...

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UNMASKING THE ABUSER: Commentary on Dina McMillan and How To Prevent Abuse & Domestic Violence

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UNMASKING THE ABUSER:  Commentary on Dina McMillan and How To Prevent Abuse & Domestic Violence

Being the parent of a teen daughter, and having just finished a domestic abuse advocate a certification course, I keep thinking about what I can do for my kids to make sure that they don’t end up in the same situation I was in, being married to an abusive partner.   How did I, a smart, educated and competent woman, end up in something so outrageous?  It was my sister who first said, “Lisa, you have been in an abusive relationship,” when I finally extracted myself after eighteen years, and my reaction was nothing short of shock.   There is...

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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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