Archive for November, 2012

For today, here is a blog you should check out if you eat gluten-free: There are soooo many recipes and cooking videos on here! It’s a well-written blog with beautiful pictures of food, and you will love it. 🙂

When I first realized I had a gray hair at the age of nineteen (my friend Betsy discovered it while she was dying my hair), I freaked out; I’m sure many of you can relate to this experience. Since then, I have found a few other gray hairs, and although they really aren’t that noticeable, I am curious as to what I might be able to do to delay the onset of more gray ones. If you try any of the suggestions below, let me know how they work for you!

First of all, what can cause gray hair? Scientific American is hesitant to directly connect stress and gray hair; however, the experts they interviewed concluded that stress may play a role in speeding up the graying process by five to ten years. Genetics definitely play a part in determining what age your hair begins to turn gray. Scientists have also found that the older we get, the more hydrogen peroxide we build up in our hair follicles, and this large amount of hydrogen peroxide “bleaches our hair from within” (  Stop smoking! Smoking can contribute to gray hair.

So, what are some ideas on how to combat gray hair (other than just covering it up with hair dye)? Traditional Chinese medicine has a theory that you need to improve the quality of your kidneys and blood in order to fight against gray hair; one way to correct kidney and blood problems is to consume wheatgrass. Drinking wheatgrass juice on a consistent basis may actually bring back your original hair color. Para-amino benzoic acid, which is one of the B vitamins, has also been used to restore hair color. I also found an interesting concoction involving gourds and coconut oil that is supposed to trigger melanin production if you put it on your hair (melanin is what causes your hair to be its natural color). You can read about this strange conditioner here:

*Please note that I am not a doctor. Consult your healthcare practitioner before trying any of my health suggestions, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.*



I have recently scheduled a couple of book signings for December. I would love to see you if you’d like to stop in and say hi! Here are the events:

Tuesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m.–I will be giving a reading from my book and selling and signing copies of Illegally Innocent at the Otsego District Library in Otsego, Michigan.

Saturday, December 15, from 2-4 p.m.–I will be selling and signing books at Harding’s Friendly Market in Otsego, Michigan. (If you can’t make it to the signing but would like to purchase Illegally Innocent from an actual store rather than online, there are always copies available to buy up at the service counter of Harding’s.)

If your library, writing group, or other organization is interested in scheduling a speaker to address the topic of self-publishing, please email me at I would love to speak to your group!

Thanks for your support!

I found this article about the risks of prescription sleeping medication on the Alliance for Natural Health’s website and thought you might find it interesting, too. 🙂 Enjoy your Monday!