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Page4 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 12, 2013 \ ALl. THAT by Mary N. DiZazzo HAIR REMOVAL ... ouch! Ciao Bella, I've been fortunate when it comes to hair. I was born with plenty of it on my head. My crowning glory! My legs and eyebrows were never really a problem. Experi- enced a bikini wax once be- cause everyone else was doing it[ Painful! After all being Italian there are some seriously hairy girls out there! It's part of the culture and genetics. I have a cousin who was born with a head of pretty blue/black hair! According to my Mom it was beautiful. However you can only imagine the bodily hair problem she ex- perienced in puberty on. She carried around a "wax" remover at all times. Her life revolved itl What little hair I've had I waxed and threaded it all to death. I hardly have any now. And what I do have is light and fine. So keep on re- moving that hair from the root and you may never have a hairy problem again. After all that procedure keeps hair gone for a few weeks. Shaving only re- moves hair on the surface. Grows back quick in a day or so. The myths for shaving are it will NOT make hair grow thicker or courser or grow more. Only removal by the root may lessen growth in time. Here are a few hair re- moval methods salons offer. Some I'm sure you are most familiar with. WAXING: most popular, hot wax is applied in direction of hair growth and removed op- posite of hair growth. SUGARING: sugar stays at room temp, sugar-based paste removes hair in natu- ral direction of growth. THREADING: a fav of mine for perfect eyebrows! A tra- dition from Middle East and South Asia. Intricate use of thread removing hair from root. LASER HAIR REMOVAL: great for dark hair, requires several sessions for long term results. ELECTROLYSIS: uses an electric with a fine needle destroying hair follicle and hair's growth center. TWEEZING: used by the Romans, completes other removal services, good for eyebrows. So as I end this column I will be getting out our new Gillette ProGlide Styler (my preference of hair removal) and make ourselves slick and smooth for our Province- town vacation! I suggest you do the same! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third- generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore The Dog Days of Summer by Ally Di Censo The funny thing about summer is that I often for- get exactly how hot it is. In the middle of winter, when- ever I am imagining a sum- mer day, the vision in my mind speaks of balmy after- noons when the sun hangs soft in the sky and a warm breeze ripples through the grass. However, this past spell of over-ninety degree days has at times made me question what I wish for. Yesterday, as I started mov- ing into my new home, the humidity closed in all around me so that by the end of the day I felt like a gloppy puddle. Other days, though, I relish these hot, humid days as quintessential reminders of summer, especially when they are punctuated by a mild evening thunderstorm. Whatever my mood, I know that these scorching sum- mer days have a strong, and fascinating, place in science and folklore. A popular name for the sizzling weather in July and August is the Dog Days, a phrase which instantly con- jures images of puppies lazily napping in the sun. The term derives from the fact that in the time of the ancient Romans, the star Sirius, which as any Harry Potter fan can tell you was represented by a dog, rose around the same time as the sun during the summer months. Though the ancient Egyptians celebrated the rise of Sirius because it heralded the flooding of the life-giving Nile River, the Romans believed Sirius to be the cause of the stifling summer weather and as such that the star yielded an evil in- fluence. Many cultures still repeat old myths relating to the nefarious implications of the Dog Days: illnesses run rampant, snakes are more prone to bite, people and ani- mals become languid, etc. While most of these super- stitions have been discred- ited, it is easy to see why olden European traditions viewed the Dog Days in such a negative light. We think of summer as a time of vaca- tion and seaside visits, but in agricultural societies July is the season of haying. People were out in the swel- tering fields baling hay and had no such luxuries like dips in the pool -- clearly, this made for an uncomfort- able period of time! According to folklore, the Dog Days run from July 3rd to August 11th. This means that the trip I took to Italy years ago coincided with the Dog Days and indeed I can remember days of blistering, oppressive heat while trudg- ing through Italian cities. In Italy, the Dog Days are known as la canicola, from the Latin word for "small dog" and are also associated with heat waves. However, the main difference that I saw be- tween Italy and here was that the people of Italy seemed to adapt to the hot days rather than fight them. Summer in Italy is a time of slow movement, of days leisurely spent in the shade or by the sea and cool nights that come alive with light and movement. I saw little of the forceful drive to keep working, or maintaining busy routines, that still mark summertime here. I always think it is best to work with nature rather than against it and that is a lesson I learned from spending those quiet Dog Days in Italy. Now, when- ever I feel my perfectionist side acting up or notice that I try to take on too many tasks, I use the wisdom of the Dog Days to remind my- self to slow down. As the days of summer hit their sultriest peak before turning into autumn, just like the match that burns brightest just as it is to be extinguished, we should take this opportunity to step aside from the daily grind. The hot weather provides us with ample chances to relax and go slow, resisting the pressures which often dic- tate our lives. With this ap- proach, the Dog Days will cease to be a time of oppres- sion and rather a time to recharge and reevaluate ourselves. By doing this, our summer vacations will not only relax our bodies, but our minds and spirits as well. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at by Sal Giarratani We Stand Together When Ben Franklin was leaving Independence Hall in the City of Philadelphia, someone asked him if the Declaration of Independence could hold the nation to-" gether. Franklin responded, "We shall hang together or certainly hang apart." Some- times as I travel up Colum- bia Road near Washington Street passing some of the toughest and dangerous streets in all of Boston, I wonder how this neighbor- hood and others imploded. It seems every time I open up a newspaper or lis- ten to the local TV news, all I view is the aftermath of the latest senseless carnage in Boston's Killing Fields of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. The Boston Herald once called Mattapan "Mur- derpan" and the neighbor- hood insider Norfolk Street, Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue as the "Triangle of Death." Those living in the area criticized the Boston Herald for stating that in the newspaper but truth be said, the Herald headline was pretty accurate about the constant danger and fear faced by residents of that patch of real estate they called home. Sometimes I do wonder why people stay. Why they don't just flee. Why stay and risk your life and that of your children. Perhaps, some can't leave. It is easy for an outsider to understand how such violent dysfunction can become tolerated. But is it tolerated or is what happens there a horrible nightmare one never awakens from? It isn't always as simple as a choice between staying and risking your life. At times we can all be prisoners of our own fate. Often in this situation, I am reminded of those two roads converging in Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." We all have choices to make. We face these on a daily basis. Do we turn left or right? Do we go home first or stop at the supermarket? Some- times the choices made can be risky or even deadly. I often hear members of the Black Church bemoan- ing the deadly dysfunction within its midst, They cry out, how did it get this bad? Weren't there signs to be seen and recognized? Didn't the community and its members have choices? Too often those in church pulpits are simply preaching to the choir. Those who need to hear the message of per- sonal accountability and re- sponsibility are nowhere to be found in the pews. Whenever violence rears its ugly head, cries go out about needing more police. Politicians pandering to the masses talk about summer jobs, street workers and more mentors, then stop there. We don't need more mentors. We already have them. They are called par- ents. Be mentors for your own children. Stand up as parents. Build up your com- munity one family at a time until the community is there once again. In a recent span of 67 days, there were 70 shootings in but a tiny slice of this city's neigh- borhoods. 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