Hair Today Gone Tomorrow, by Max

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

by Max

There once was a dog named Max
who lost all his facial hair
he claims it was meds
that took the hair from his heads
and swears he never bought “Nair”

Me, well-groomed and handsome

Dear All My Best FANS & Friends,

Now that all* of you are asking why my picture hasn’t appeared with my Haiku, telling me you miss me (in addition, to the accolades I receive for my innate ability to wax poetic) I am coming “clean”, so to speak.

As you know, well maybe you don’t know, but now you will know, my doctor has put me on heart medication and a diuretic because I have a heart murmur.  

I suspect I caught my heart problem  from my Human, who as you know, well maybe you don’t know, but she’s talked about it enough so you should know  (don’t tell her I said that) she has heart problems. She and I are in close contact because she craves touch and attention (don’t tell her I said that) that it wouldn’t surprise me.

Well, I started taking the medication and my Human began to notice there were clumps of my beautiful hair all over the house.  She is not very fastidious (don’t tell her I said that).  And then, lo and behold, she looked at me one day and noticed that all my beautiful locks were no longer on my head, which of course had been all over the floor for days. In addition to not being very fastidious, she’s obviously not very observant (don’t tell her I said that).

So now, instead of all those girly words like adorable, cute, fluffy and precious I am now manly, handsome and well groomed.



P.S.  Please notice my beautiful big brown eyes are now the center of my handsomeness.

*Lexi-Pro & Laurie F, Hibernationnow

Stoned Fish (Parenthetically Speaking)

Stoned Stone Fish

I feel a FISH post coming on!

For those of you new to CreativitytotheMax FISH is the single most searched for word that leads to this blog.  Go figure.  It all started serendipitously with this post  Butterfly Fish and the Single Scene

In order to amuse myself ( I amuse easily) and see if it drives up more fish hits I started posting interesting (well, to me anyway) things about the fishy underworld.

SOOOOOOOOO on that note here’s a double whammy word search for you:  STONE(D) and FISH.  (Stayed tuned)

“This fish has no scales, appears to be a rough stone with a rounded fish body and huge bug-like eyes. It weighs about 5 pounds and can grow to about a foot long, (The fishy biblical version – A foot for a foot).  It feeds upon other fish gliding above what they think is nothing but a harmless rock. Many a small fish or shrimp has become a meal for a fish so quick it snaps up its prey in less than a 15th of a second (Fast fish Food).
Human victims of the stonefish’s venom can’t do much to save themselves with the possible exception of applying heat. The application of heat to the stonefish’s venom renders the toxin somewhat ineffective. (Always carry a heating pad with you to the beach). But in cases where a simple application of heat won’t save the day, anti-venom is available. (if you can make it to a hospital before you die). Fishermen and others not careful about where they walk will feel the deadly sting of this remarkable animal, and some may not live to tell the (fish) tale.

The stonefish is prey to bottom-feeding scavengers like sharks. (When did you ever think you’d thank a shark?) However, its defense, the row of 13 (hmmmm) spines along its back, is quite effective against any fish that may attempt to put its jaws (what would posses any self-respecting fish to do that? – must be teen-ager fish) around the stonefish. The venom causes severe pain, paralysis and shock, and, once discharged, takes a few weeks to regenerate itself. (Always check first when was the last time the venom was discharged before thinking about stepping on a stone fish) During this time. the stonefish is not necessarily rendered helpless, the spines are still painfully sharp and surgically incisive.

The stonefish is not threatened or endangered in any way. (If I looked like that I’d be left alone too.)

This post dedicated to Laurie “FISHler”

(we had a tiny revelry but you’ll have to see for yourself:

Eppiglottis vs Butterfly Fish)


Incredible! Cuttle up to a Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish getting ready to camouflage to Green Seaweed

“I am in awe of you, you even got NPR on your project. I am bowing down to you in admiration. Is there no end to your powerful influence???!!!! I think not. Love and Cuddlefish (Hugs) your friend, Laurie F.”

Dear Laurie F.  This is the best FISH post ever!  

Make sure you see the video below!

Even his antennae mimic the seaweed!


“He’s a little odd-looking, for those of you who aren’t familiar with this animal. A relative of the octopus and the squid, cuttlefish have tentacles, squishy bodies, no bones and a remarkable talent for mime. Place this guy next to a plastic underwater “plant,” and in no time, he will assume the guise of his neighbor. He will pucker his skin, splay his body, hold his tentacles, and adjust his coloration in a Marcel Marceau-like attempt to blend in. Cuttlefish can hold an attitude for 20 minutes or so. Like so:”

“They are so good at this, in part because they don’t have bones, but also because they’ve got big brains and a distributed intelligence that allows them to pucker, stretch and sculpt themselves in ways we can’t even remotely copy. Our skin? We do goose bumps. They choose these attitudes. This is their art. Next to them, we’re pathetic. When I was at ABC News, I got marine biologist Roger Hanlon to introduce me to one of his lab cuttlefish, who matter-of-factly disappeared before my eyes. Or tried to.”


Fish with a TRANSPARENT HEAD!!!!!!!!!! (No Relation to Laurie F)

WOW! just received this INCREDIBLE, FASCINATING, only-a-mother-could-love look at the rare Barrel-Eyed Fish (and possible search engine pay dirt) from Laurie Fessler of the world infamous Epiglottis Episode:
“Since you cheated anyway (LOL) I thought I might send this to you…because really, who else would be interested?!  Love, Laurie F.”


Hi Judith,
Laurie Fessler commented on her Wall post.
Laurie wrote:

  • you have sunk to a new low to get visits on your blog!!!!!!

  • even the acquarium critters are all talking about you down under. You have done fish a disservice, they are calling for a FISHCOTT.”

Do you know where your Epiglottis is tonight?

Mr. Epi Glottis

(If you missed the original Epiglotitis and FISH Face-off post between Laurie and me, you’d better read it so you can fully appreciate this post.  Here it is!)

This is the post, written by Laurie Fessler, that started it all!

Calling Epiglottitis A Bitch Is A Vast Understatement

“I have had epiglottitis twice; it is an ulcerated part of your epiglottis, below your throat, hidden in thieves. It is the worst pain I have ever had and I’ve had it two years in a row. Nobody knows what causes it, they think it’s a viral infection. As much as I have BEGGED for answers on how to prevent from getting it again, there are no answers. The doctors shake their heads kindly but have no information.”

Concession Speech

By Laurie Fessler

“Shameless promotion for the blogfish, blobfish contest!!!! Ha Ha,

I think you win!!

Besides, who wants a really horrific sore throat that makes them want to die?”

Love, Laurie F.

Here’s what YOUR epiglottis looks like and where it’s located.

No wonder it hurts when you get epiglottitis!

P.S.  And here’s the post that started it all on my blog.  (I have to confess that I have lots of “FISH” posts to drive up my blog searches.  Laurie only has a couple of Epiglottis posts.  Please don’t tell her I’ve loaded the deck ….)

The State of Happiness

A huge part of my job as a therapist is to help people learn that emotional states which are out of proportion in intensity or duration of time to the actual in-the-moment circumstances are what are called emotional memory from experiences that happened in the past.

 It’s rarely prudent or wise to behave/react based on emotional memory.  In a later post I’ll explain more of what I mean.

 In the meantime, Laurie Fessler puts what I struggle to teach in a simple, direct and wise way.  Here’s her post:

The Absence Of Happiness
By hibernationnow

I used to think you were either happy or sad but I’ve discovered a secret. The absence of happiness does not necessarily mean sadness. There are many things in between this range of emotions. Contentment is one of them, so is acceptance; not swinging too high for expectations or too low for disappointment like trapeze artists in the circus. Life, if you choose it, can be one continuous ride, gently swaying back and forth, back and forth as if you were sitting on an old, white porch swing. Things can change around you but they do not necessarily need to change you within.

It doesn’t mean you have to live without emotions nor does it mean you have to feel overly anxious, happy, too sad or very depressed. It means accepting what comes your way and not fighting like a roaring, clawing tiger but also, NOT laying limply against a rock, waiting to die.

It’s a state of mind that is hard to describe but delicious to live through. I sat on a chair in a lobby yesterday and learned a great deal from an older gentlemen that I did not know. It’s listening more than talking. It’s not overreacting like every nerve ending is set on fire. This man talked in hushed whispers all about his experiences as a young man. He spoke to my dog like he was Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer, noting her behavior, her adoration, her anxiety, her love.

Try and stay in the shadows of your emotions, step back in your mind, reach for the neutral button or better yet, the pause button. Reach out to others with kindness, honesty and inspiration. You will find what you are looking for more from leaning back to listen than leaning forward to interject. Kindness is here, believe in it. Lessons can be learned from everyone and every thing. Wait for it, with patience, it will come.


Fish – 14  on Sunday Oct

Fish – 19 Monday

Epiglottitis – 0