Why Popcorn? Because when life is HAPPENING. It feels like popcorn popping.

When life is HAPPENING. It feels like popcorn popping.  POP.  POP.  POP.  Anything is possible.



Popcorn was first cultivated thousands of years ago by the people living in what is now Peru. It is one of the oldest forms of corn; evidence of popcorn from 3600 B.C. was found in New Mexico, while even older evidence was found in Peru. It is estimated that these remnants date from as early as 4700 B.C. Purple popcorn was found in the early 1900s.

Popcorn, also known as popping corn, is a type of corn (maize, Zea mays var. everta) that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. Popcorn is able to pop because, like amaranth grain and millet, its kernels have a hard moisture-sealed hull and a dense starchy interior.  Pressure builds inside the kernel, and a small explosion (or “POP”) is the end result.

Why Girl says POP away.

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Why Mexican Prostitute Dolls?


During the 50s, Mexican prostitute dolls were very popular and all the rage.

These dolls are associated with the City of Celaya in the State of Guanajuato.  There are several families in Celaya who have been making these dolls for over one hundred years. The dolls look like they are wearing old fashioned, one-piece-bathing suits because they were modeled after female circus trapeze performers. The circus became popular in México and the rest of North America in the beginning of the 20th century.  The appearance and costumes of the European style circus performers took everyone by storm.  Unhappily, these “Lucia dolls” aren’t popular today among little girls who would rather play with “Barbie”.


Mexican Prostitue Doll Calif. Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA

Mexican Prostitue Doll
Calif. Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, CA


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Why Girl Appreciates the Amazing Talent of Philip Seymour Hoffman



Why Girl was so mesmerized by Hoffman’s performance of Truman Capote in the film that a passionate creative journey ensued to New York City, to Holcomb, Kansas, and then to Michigan.

Watching the film on the big screen twice, then over and over again on DVD, the continuous viewings only titillated  ingestion of more Capote having been fueled by Hoffman’s powerful enactment.  

Why Girl read In Cold Blood,” “Capote: A Biography,” and “The Complete Stories of Truman Capote.

Having dived into Capote’s “Cold Blood” world, Why Girl discovered her father’s sister and children had a “cold blood story” of their own.  Aunt Ruth’s second husband was a Korean War veteran.  Always a bit odd after returning from Korea, he would turn his fury on his family—my father’s sister and his stepchildren.  From time to time, he would be admitted into a VA psychiatric ward in Detroit for help, but he was always released after a few weeks.  One Sunday Morning, our eyes were glued to the front page of the Detroit Free Press; we read about a cold-blooded killing by a crazy veteran.  It was our Aunt Ruth’s story in the daily newspaper—in black and white—for ALL to see.  Shockingly it was exciting; we were attached to notoriety, blood and violence while at the same time confused and horrified because of the familial connection.   My auntie was shopping and her husband held her children hostage at gun point.  He shot cousin Annie in the stomach; providentially she had the survival instinct and strength to drag herself out of the house and down the driveway to safety.  The not-so-courageous police stayed outside; afraid of the veteran’s gun, they remained outside.  Ultimately, the uncle-veteran shot himself to death, my cousin Annie was saved and our Methodist-family was never the same again.  Blood and violence had never touched so close to home.

8 Powerful Quotes from Philip Seymour Hoffman

Aside from being a phenomenal actor, Hoffman also had an amazing and uncanny way with words. Here are some of his most motivational and inspirational quotes that every Gen-Yer can relate to:

Learn from your insecurities.

“I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.”

Find someone with whom you can commensurate.

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”

Be a solution-seeker.

“Creating something is all about problem-solving.”

Find your passion from within.

“The ambition, the drive, the wanting to be the center of attention, the wanting to succeed… They’re all inside me somewhere.”

Set goals for yourself and nobody else.

“I don’t have a specific thing I want anyone to get out of anything I do.”

We are all weird in our own way.

“If you’re a human being walking the earth, you’re weird, you’re strange, you’re psychologically challenged.”

Don’t mourn missed opportunities.  

“In life, do you really know if you’re missing an opportunity?  No, you really don’t.”  

Commit fully to whatever it is you do.  

“I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it.  This is the only life you’ve got.”

Why Girl Investigator

Why Girl Investigator

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Why Complicate Life?

Why girl applauds Louise Hay, internationally renowned author and founder of Hay House, on her “Way” to keep life simple.


Louise Hay

Louise Hay

Missing somebody?  Call

Wanna meet up?  Invite

Wanna be understood?  Explain

Have questions?  Ask

Don’t like something?  Say it

Like something?  State it

Want something?  Ask for it

Love someone?  Tell it


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Why Girl responds to Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter in the New York Times

On the Ground—Nicholas Kristof—New York Times


Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter, speaks out about her experience

Dylan Farrow

Dylan Farrow


Dear Dylan Farrow,
Thank you for your honest, straightforward “open letter ” in the New York Times.   Opening your heart and mind as you expressed your Woody Allen molestation story to Nicholas Kristof is a magnificent tribute to your strength and fortitude. 
I am still shocked, heartbroken and upset by what you said, what you had to go through.
Thanks for not holding back and telling us the truth.
Forever grateful,
Why Girl and all the young girls and adult women who were sexually abused in the attic, the closet, the basement, the military barracks, and the barn…
Why Girl Investigator

Why Girl Investigator

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Why Girl interviews Deirdre M. Sena in the style of Marcel Proust

Who is Deirdre M. Sena?
An amazing pubic relations specialist who is currently based in Los Angeles, California
She loved mixing it up so before settling into PR, Deirdre took basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama
and qualified as an Expert marksman on M16 rifle.  Dead on.
  • photojournalism training at Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana
  • stationed at Ft. Ritchie in Maryland; Cooke Barracks in Goeppingen, Germany; and Fort Ord, California
  • served 5 years active duty and 3 years in the California National Guard
  • as a member of the California National Guard, served first as a public affairs specialist and then attended the California Military Academy and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant, Military Police Corps
highlights as a military photojournalist: 
1-month tour in Saudi Arabia prior to the Gulf War; road-building humanitarian mission in Panama; Joint Forces Military Exercises in Egypt, Germany and France; World War I and II memorial services in France and Belgium
D Sena Military Pic 

 Marcel Proust Questionnaire:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
smelling the outdoor air, seeing the beauty of the world around me, feeling content in my skin, spending time with loved ones.
What is your greatest fear?
that i’ll repeat mistakes and not learn from them
Which living person do you most admire?
anyone who has strong conviction around their purpose in life. i still have yet to find that.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
overthinking to the point of paralysis
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
being unaware/not concerned of the impact of their actions/words on others
What is your greatest extravagance?
good food and good wine
What is your favorite journey?
i love to walk in others’ footsteps — no matter how ordinary a life. to retrace steps and moments in time through the eyes of someone else is such a fascination for me
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
none. would like to see virtues, theological or otherwise, given higher value in our current state of overly saturated instant gratification
On what occasion do you lie?
sounds trite, but if it protects someone’s feelings, and isn’t a critical piece of information they need to know, i may smooth over the details a bit.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
there are a few things, but let’s start with my feet
Which living person do you most despise?
i don’t have anyone in particular i despise — it’s more behaviors i despise such as being judgmental or blatant disregard for others so that you can be in a better position (in traffic, work or life …)
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
lazy diction such as “like” and “you know.” and the word “interesting” — it’s a filler word for me when i can’t think of something intelligent to say
What is your greatest regret?
 i wish i would not have ended a particular friendship. i wasn’t mature enough to express my feelings and chose the easy way out — to disconnect.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
this is a tough one as i don’t see things in absolutes. i see love as multiplying and not dividing, so it’s hard for me to characterize one thing or one person in my life as the greatest love. i feel blessed to have a full heart from much love experienced in my life.
Which talent would you most like to have?
the gift of singing. i feel like it could double as therapy. exercise gives me such relief physically and puts me in a strong mental state. but if i could sing well, it could be both a gift and serve a purpose to cleanse me from within.
What is your current state of mind?
i try hard to remain positive and remind myself of the gifts i have, the opportunities we all have based on the time in which we’re living, and the abundance of love i’ve been shown
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
i would like to think faster
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
i’d like to come back as a fast car
Where would you like to live?
on a farm, in the country, surrounded by animals and genuine people
What is your favorite occupation?
i think philanthropy would be the coolest occupation ever
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
compassion, humor, curiosity, commitment, strength, honesty
Who are your favorite writers?
Ayn Rand, Anne Tyler, Madeleine L’Engle, L.M. Montgomery, Sue Monk Kidd, Lee Child, Roald Dahl, Orson Scott Card — many others i’m leaving out — it’s hard to narrow the list ..
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Scout Finch; Ellen Ripley from Alien; IronMan
Who are your heroes in real life?
my mom and dad were my heroes. my dad because he dedicated his life to helping the underdog and my mom because she faced such adversity from the beginning to the end of her life and yet still remained so positive, giving and loving.
What are your favorite names?
going old-fashioned here .. grace, ella, charles … names that symbolize strength and character
How would you like to die?
peacefully and not in a prolonged manner. i would rather die younger and quicker then string out life watching my body and mind slowly deteriorate and my loved ones go away one by one

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