Why Let Your Hair Whisper? A Writer Wednesday Post

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays

Why, Indeed Why, Indeed? photo and all text © Irene O’Garden 2014


To listen to this post, please click here:Why Let Your Hair Whisper?

Don’t you get a kick out of life? You just never know what you’re going to see when you pop into a shopping plaza.

Before I offer my answer to this interrobang-less question, however, I do want to note with warmth and affection that this vigorous and colorful bit of marketry was done entirely by hand—an increasing rarity in signage these days.

Nor does it feel like a corporate suggestion, or something someone would pick up on a salon-tips website, also an increasing rarity. “Why let your hair whisper when it can scream?” has the cachet of an original notion. Was it the boss’ vision, or an enterprising employee’s? Perhaps they are one and the same person.

Either way, you can picture the grinning artist with her stack of big printer paper and her markers, twirling away, bringing in business. For if I wanted my hair to scream, I’d want a salon where people clearly have fun with line and color and, in evidence on the smaller signs, scissors!

However, as far as the question itself goes, it’s nice to have an answer I don’t have to google (yet another increasing rarity?)

Because though my hair’s short, it’s still close to my ears.



Have you an answer you don’t need to google?


Thanks to the lovely Liz Gilbert for yesterday’s Facebook Fan Page post featuring my work!

As mentioned last week, our local newspaper, The Paper at Philipstown.info, is running “One Poem a Day Won’t Kill You” through April. Today’s video is me reading my poem “To My Husband Away On Business.” (Please click below.)




And a reminder that I’ll be a featured poet on May 2–please come hear the new work!


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  • Mark Rettman

    Must admit, I have a couple haircuts that did make me scream in dismay…… Love hearing you read / and “To My Husband Away On Business.”is one of my faves of your-n. …. I remember when I first began using the computer for info I was trying to look up a telephone numbe online. After 15 minutes I sighed to myself, ” You Idiot” , walked over to the phone book and found the number in 60 seconds or so…. ‘Made me wonder what other aspects of my life I was “Googling” — that were just distractions from the real matters to be seen and acknowledged…. looking forward to hearing oyur new work on May 2nd !

    • IreneOGarden

      Thank you, Mark! Your hair always looks great to me–but I had one of those shocking cuts years ago–a young woman chopped my hair short when I was in high school and I was in tears for days. I guess she was just seeing my future self before I could!

  • Laura

    What a beautiful combination – the pragmatic and the poetic…I was so carried away I wrote to Irene but the world should know this double joy

    • IreneOGarden

      Laura, your words made my day! Thank you!

  • Scott

    It’s so interesting to see how advertising has shifted. I remember the days of hand lettered signs for sales on lawnmowers at hardware stores, for Saturday morning car washes, and for church raffles of hand-sewn quilts. Now, everybody can make a printed sign. It is the rare entrepreneur who trusts her/himself with scissors, crayon, and actual paper. It has become a strange smell for me to open up my crayon/colored pencil drawer. I think I want that smell back in my life – it might be good for business.

    • IreneOGarden

      If there’s anyone who knows his way around crayons,pencils and scissors, it’s you, Fella–Hope playing around with them will be a spring gift to yourself!

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