More Than Skin Deep

I uploaded a new photo to Facebook.  It always catches me off guard when it pops up JUMBO size.   I’m thinking, WHOA…

JUMBO shiny face.

It doesn’t bother me.  It bothers other people.  Okay, two.  TWO people. My sister and my niece laugh and ask,  “Why is your face so shiny?” in the same tone they ask, “Is THAT what you’re wearing?” right as I am about to dash out the door.

I don’t see the shine as a problem.  But I caught the following headline from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, which brought back a stab of teenage angst:

“GET A SHINE-FREE FACE: Some things may look better shiny, but never your face!”


Maybe it IS a problem.  Saturday Night Live would definitely file this under, “White People’s Problems.”  That’s when you don’t have any, and start making s@%t up.

Well, SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE has some remedies. Apparently, I was too busy working at that age to flip through beauty magazines. I was into reading  encyclopedias.  My Dad refused to buy them.  Salesmen sold them door-to-door back then.   If you had them, you were rich.

My aunt & uncle must have been loaded because they had a complete A to Z set.  So I ran around the block to their house every night to read them.  My uncle nicknamed me, “Maria, Go Home.”  I’d say, “NO! I’m not finished.”  I had to read very fast.  Clearly, he was annoyed at having to walk me home each night.

1976 was the worst.  David Berkowitz went on a notorious killing spree in Brooklyn.  That really cut into my encyclopedia reading.  I had to wear a scarf on my head and SPRINT around the block because he was randomly shooting brunettes in the head.  I was just  a kid.  Didn’t matter.

My genetic hair color made me look like a turkey out on Thanksgiving Eve.  Then the New York Post released Generic Man sketch.  I couldn’t even talk to anyone I knew without secretly thinking he was a killer.  After awhile, I started looking at family members with a raised eyebrow.  Where were YOU last night?

I digress.  Back to shiny things.  Below is my Facebook photo.  Shinier than an NBA championship trophy.  Did you think it was the one at the top of the page?

Below are thoughts from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE readers who don’t have to worry about getting murdered.  It’s fun reading their home remedies, as I can tell they are real and not from people being paid to tell you something works.  Thank goodness beauty is more than skin deep.

Meanwhile, let’s look at  that article to find out what teens do for their overproduction of oil because let’s FACE it –they have more time to CLEAR things up.  Although, I’m a little concerned about Tiffany.  And Shanniqua?  You go girl.



Some things may look better shiny, but never your face! Get an oil-free, healthy glow with these real-girl tips!

“My mom taught me to put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub that on your face. It grabs oil and leaves your face shine-free — it works every time!” –Stephanie, 14, Melville, NY

Clean & Clear oil-blotting sheets don’t clog pores, and after a couple of blots your skin goes from shiny to a healthy, smooth glow. Plus, a 50-sheet pack can fit anywhere, even the tiniest of purses!” –Danielle, 16, Vienna, VA

“Make a mask from eggs and sugar. It’s great for everyone!” –Haley, 15, Gastonia, NC

“Rub a drier sheet over your face right after getting out of the shower!” –Tiffany, 15, Boonville, IN

“Once a week, I mix the juice from an orange and some egg yolk and put it on my face for about 10 minutes. It sounds disgusting, but it totally works!” –Caitlin, 17, Toronto, ON, Canada

“Wear face moisturizer with a sheer powder on top of that. It keeps your skin shine-free for up to 10 hours!” –Krystal, 15, Havre, MT

“If I’m out and need to de-shine, I grab a toilet seat cover (unused!) from a public bathroom and use it like an oil-absorbing sheet. It works and it’s free!” –Shanniqua, 16, Ventura, CA

“Caress Body Soap dries up my skin a bit, and leaves my face not shiny or oily at all!” –Jenna, 15, Melrose, MN

“I mix baking soda and water and leave it on my skin for 10 minutes, then I rinse it and put witch hazel on. It makes my skin smooth and oil-free!” –Ashley, 14, Philadelphia, PA

“I use a light, gentle moisturizer every night. Keeping your skin hydrated (and clean) keeps your pores from producing oil.” –Rachel, 14, Rocky Hill, CT

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100 Healthy Movie Quotes

How are Movie Quotes Healthy? 

The best movie quotes of all time are like poetry.  They transport you back to the emotions of the person who wrote the words, while writing them.  That’s my theory. 

Same with a great movie.  I notice many of these quotes are super-duper positive, uplifting and encouraging, which I find healthy.  So, I combine my love of great films and great health here.

These 100 quotes were compiled by AFI (American Film Institute).  What makes them the best?  They’re timeless. You never forget them.  Other quotes empower you in situations where you’d otherwise feel powerless.  They give you the courage to stand up to a bully or an otherwise unhealthy situation, albeit personally, professionally or in the world.  They make you feel fearless. 

Others simply make you laugh.

The best film quotes can also: 1) transport you out of yourself and any worries you may have at the moment, 2) workout your brain cells to recall or imagine the scene in the movie, 3) and make you smile, stir emotions or motivate and inspire you.

That’s all good medicine.  So, enjoy!!   ~Maria


100. Titanic (1997)
Jack Dawson:  I’m king of the world!

99. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Wicked Witch of the West:  I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!

98. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Johnny Castle:  Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

97. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
George M. Cohan:  My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.

96. Moonstruck (1987)
Loretta Castorini:  Snap out of it!

95. Dead Poets Society (1989)
John Keating:  Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

94. Top Gun (1986)
Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell: I feel the need…
Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw:…the need for speed!

93.  Auntie Mame (1958)
Mame Dennis:Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!

92. Caddyshack (1980)
Carl Spackler:  Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac…It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

91. The Naughty Nineties (1945)
Dexter:  Who’s on first.

90. Goldfinger (1964)
James Bond:  A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

89. Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
Knute Rockne:  Tell ’em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.

88. On Golden Pond (1981)
Ethel Thayer:  Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!

87. 42nd Street (1933)
Julian Marsh: Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!

86. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Sonny Wortzik:  Attica! Attica!

85. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Gollum: My precious.

84. King Kong (1933)
Carl Denham:  Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.

83. Dracula (1931)
Count Dracula: Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.

82. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
John “Bluto” Blutarsky:Toga! Toga!

81. Funny Girl (1968)
Fanny Brice:  Hello, gorgeous.

80. Rocky (1976)
Rocky Balboa:  Yo, Adrian!

79. Airplane! (1980)
Ted Striker:Surely you can’t be serious.
Dr. Rumack Striker:  I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.

78. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

77. Soylent Green (1973)
Det. Robert Thorn:  Soylent Green is people!

76. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Terminator:  Hasta la vista, baby.

75. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Blanche DuBois:  I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

74. Chinatown (1974)
Duffy:  Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.

73. Little Caesar (1930)
Cesare Enrico “Rico” Bandello: Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?

72. Mommie Dearest (1981)
Joan Crawford:  No wire hangers, ever!

71. The Jazz Singer (1927)
Jakie Rabinowitz/Jack Robin: Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

70. Marathon Man (1976)
Dr. Christian Szell:  Is it safe?

69. Poltergeist (1982)
Carol Anne Freeling:  They’re here!

68. The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance:  Here’s Johnny!

67. Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine:   Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

66. Planet of the Apes (1968)
George Taylor:  Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.

65. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Sherlock Holmes:  Elementary, my dear Watson.

64. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
President Merkin Muffley:  Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!

63. The Graduate (1967)
Benjamin Braddock:  Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?

62. Beyond the Forest (1949)
Rosa Moline:  What a dump.

61. Scarface (1983)
Tony Montana:  Say “hello” to my little friend!

60. Sons of the Desert (1933)
Oliver:  Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!

59. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Scarlett O’Hara:  As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.

58. The Godfather Part II (1974)
Michael Corleone:  Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

57. Wall Street (1987)
Gordon Gekko:  Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

56. Psycho (1960)
Norman Bates:  A boy’s best friend is his mother.

55. Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall:  La-dee-da, la-dee-da.

54.  A League of Their Own (1992)
Jimmy Dugan:  There’s no crying in baseball!

53. Animal Crackers (1930)
Groucho Marx:  One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.

52. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Dorothy Boyd:  You had me at “hello.”

51. Dirty Harry (1971)
Harry Callahan:   You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?

50. Apollo 13 (1995)
Jim Lovell:   Houston, we have a problem.

49. Frankenstein (1931)
Henry Frankenstein:  It’s alive! It’s alive!

48. Some Like it Hot (1959)
Osgood Fielding III:  Well, nobody’s perfect.

47. Shane (1953)
Joey Starrett:  Shane. Shane. Come back!

46. Now, Voyager (1942)
Charlotte Vale:  Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.

45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Stanley Kowalski:  Stella! Hey, Stella!

44. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Cole Sear: I see dead people.

43. Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine:  We’ll always have Paris.

42.The Graduate (1967)
Mr. Maguire: Plastics.

41. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Clyde Barrow:We rob banks.

40.Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump:  Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

39. Field of Dreams (1989)
Shoeless Joe Jackson:  If you build it, he will come.

38.The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Lou Gehrig:  Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

37. The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator:  I’ll be back.

36. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Gold Hat“:  Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!

35. Jaws (1975)
Martin Brody:  You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

34. To Have and Have Not (1944)
Marie “Slim” Browning:  You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.

33. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Female Customer:   I’ll have what she’s having.

32. Casablanca (1942)
Capt. Louis Renault: Round up the usual suspects.

31. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Scarlett O’Hara: After all, tomorrow is another day!

30. Grand Hotel (1932)
Grusinskaya:  I want to be alone.

29. A Few Good Men (1992)
Col. Nathan Jessup:  You can’t handle the truth!

28. Casablanca (1942)
Ilsa Lund:  Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’

27.  Midnight Cowboy (1969)
“Ratso” Rizzo:  I’m walking here! I’m walking here!

26.She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Lady Lou:  Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?

25.  Jerry Maguire (1996)
Rod Tidwell:  Show me the money!

24.Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Norma Desmond: I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.

23.The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy Gale: There’s no place like home.

22.  Dr. No (1962)
James Bond: Bond. James Bond.

21.  The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal Lecter:  A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

20. Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine: Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

19.  Network (1976)
Howard Beale: I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!

18.White Heat (1949)
Arthur “Cody” Jarrett:  Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

17.  Citizen Kane (1941)
Charles Foster Kane:  Rosebud.

16. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Virgil Tibbs:  They call me Mister Tibbs!

15. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T.: E.T. phone home.

14. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Sam Spade:  The stuff that dreams are made of.

13.  Love Story (1970)
Jennifer Cavilleri Barrett: Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

12. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore:  I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

11.Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Captain:  What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.

10. Taxi Driver (1976)
Travis Bickle:  You talking to me?

9. All About Eve (1950)
Margo Channing:Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

8.Star Wars (1977)
Han Solo:  May the Force be with you.

7. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Norma Desmond:  All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.

6.  Sudden Impact (1983)
Harry Callahan:  Go ahead, make my day.

5.  Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine:  Here’s looking at you, kid.

4.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy Gale: Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

3. On the Waterfront (1954)
Terry Malloy:  You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.

2.The Godfather (1972)
Don Vito Corleone:  I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

1.  Gone with the Wind (1939)
Rhett Butler:  Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.  (hey, for those times when it’s healthier to just walk away…)