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Recently my Stumble Upon blog was reviewed by a young man of 32 years who must have issues with his wife, his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend or mother.  

Out of no where...this guy not only slams my picture that I use for an avatar...tagging it as a “glamour shot” and searches through all my blog posts to find the one misspelling I then tell me that I shouldn’t criticize other people’s copy, if I can’t even spell correctly. first, I am hurt overall that I have received a red thumbs down in amongst all the other green thumbs up that I have received in the short time that I have been stumbling.  


Second....*Glamour Shot*...who the heck does this guy think he is criticizing my picture...*Glamour Shot *... indeed! Oh, is sort of a “glamour shot“....but heck...I had this picture taken back on my birthday to celebrate the fact that for a 50-year old wife and mother of five children...I still could rock with the best of them...if Christie Brinkley can do it...well, by gosh, so can I!

This gentleman...and I use this term loosely...sent me flying off into a mid-life crazies moment...

I mean...I still look pretty darn good for not having more than six hours of sleep a day in 20 odd years; my butt being perpetually flat from driving my kids here and yon; a small muffin top that the fitness instructor at the YMCA told me I’d never lose because of bearing five children, along with rapidly graying hair that my genius of a hairstylist has hidden with lovely blond highlights (I am really a brunette) and that my genes have blessed me with oily skin, which a Mary Kay lady long ago told me in a honey-sweet southern drawl: “Hon...your oily skin is a blessing not a’s God’s natural retinol...embrace the oil.”


Still...I am “embracing the oil“!

I have to admit this guy hit me in two of my sore spots; copy editing and where I am on this journey in my second adulthood.

I am a fanatic about copy editing and misspellings...I wear out my spell checker and my dictionary is dog-eared. How could I have missed that “alot” is not spelled “allott“...oh, spellchecker told me that I had misspelled it. (Actually, the Blogger spell checker says that both of these words are spelled wrong.)

Lesson learned...don’t trust your spell checkers...look it up instead...Webster’s isn’t out of business yet!

But let’s get back to the “Glamour Shots” issue...Why do woman feel the need or want to go and have their pictures taken like this...AND...Why do you suppose that a person would not like seeing pictures in this style?  

IMHO, I believe that women of all ages want to capture their elegance and beauty for one brief shining moment on film...especially if they spend most of their days running around with their hair barely combed; lucky to have their face washed and the scent of the day is eau de “Soft-n-Dri” and the uniform of the day is the newest line of women’s sweats and athletic shoes from our boutique of choice...Targ`et.

Women always justify a “Glamour Shot” with...“I’m having my picture taken for my’s our anniversary (his birthday, Father’s day, Christmas, Valentine’s Day)...ya know...he’s always wanted pictures like this“...Wink, wink.  

If you believe this statement, well...I own some land in Florida you might want to look at....  

The main reason we get these pictures taken is to prove to ourselves that indeed we are beautiful...that our lives haven’t sucked us totally dry...there is still hope...all is NOT lost AND if it is...then by God, at least we had our picture taken when we could still put the glamour in to the shot.

Let’s admit it ladies...we have “Glamour Shots” taken for ourselves! WE want them...we want to look at them...we want to keep them for posterity’s sake. They allow us to step out of the box. They are a reminder that we are still beautiful, alluring, sexy...we are not trapped in our wife, mommy, sister, daughter roles....we discover our power...we are women first!  

We make an elegant statement!

We don’t care what people think....which brings me back to our Glamour Shot critic....

You know what...I don’t really care what he thinks about my picture...I didn’t have it taken for him....I did have it taken for my hubby...but most of all for me. The time was right...I seized the day...and there I am in all my glory...a lot is being said in that one picture.

FYI: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary On-line: For the definition and usage of the term “alot” please go to the following link:

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Member Comments

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      Dana Arcuri wrote May 12, 2008
    • I applaud you because I agree that most females want to capture a beautiful and stunning moment in a “Glamour Shots” photograph!  As a professional Makeup Artist who used to work at “Glamour Shots“, I can honestly say that ALL females of every age, race, size, shape and background just adore having someone professionally apply cosmetics and enhance their hair to have them look and feel great. It is truly a “pick me up” for females who may be struggling with their identity, their age or a recent break up in a relationship.  However, plenty of females who are perfectly accepting of their appearance and who are quite content with their life are pursuing a photo-session for fun and pampering. Whatever the purpose, I say, “You go, girl!”

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