Flashback 2015: Apothecanna’s THC infused Spa products


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Where there’s smoke there is fire and the cannabis cloud over Colorado appears to be lingering like smog on a otherwise clear day. Cannabis proponent Apothecanna has positioned itself beyond the pale, as an adjunct measure in pain management and only time will tell if they can remain straight enough to keep their wellness branding intact.

I wrote this piece originally in June of 2015 and removed it from this blog over a reservation about logical reasoning summed up simply by “begging the question.” But let’s talk products for now.

Apothecanna does offer a variety of scents that leave the 1960’s behind.

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Stimulating: Ginger Capsasian Grapefruit Lotion
Everyday: Mandarin Cedar Geranium Lotion
Calming: Lavender Cammomile Frankincense Lotion
Pain Relief: Arnica Peppermint Juniper Lotion

The statement on their website detailing the benefits of their “natural” products Topical Cannabis, Hemp Lotion, & THC Spray (located under the tab “learn” and “apothecanna massage”) is simple and basic:

Revitalizing botanicals like arnica and capsaicin combine with topical marijuana to provide natural herbal pain relief .

The Marketing is both Spartan and clever.

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“Here at Apothecanna, we’re committed to providing innovative topical pain relievers that combine topical cannabis with other healing and soothing botanicals for a more natural option for topical pain relief. Unlike conventional topical pain relief cream products, our cannabis calming cream offer pain relief without unpleasant “medicine” scents, instead incorporating sense-soothing botanicals like lavender, chamomile, and frankincense. These botanicals make using our topical marijuana products more enjoyable, contributing to a sense of well being that can aid the healing process. In addition to our full line of cannabis cream and THC spray products for pain relief, which are available at over 200 Colorado medical marijuana centers, we also offer several invigorating, calming, and pain relieving cream products made with hemp and arnica cream, as well as other botanicals to soothe your skin as well as your senses.”

Rejuvenate your skin and senses with topical cannabis cream and botanical skin therapies from Apothecanna.

Under the “About” tab are three discreet paragraphs that provide a brief nod to both legality and their position on the role of natural philosophy in society at large.

By reordering the brands statements, it may be a bit more obvious to educated consumers and those who question the politics involved, how the advent of Apothecanna will impact the Spa and Wellness Industry. And in particular, the Professional Massage Community which may utilize such products IN TANDEM with mainstream pain management professionals.

Let’s break it down like any syllogism, but let’s do it backwards and examine the logic of the marketing.

“Our mission at Apothecanna is to spread the wisdom of traditional plant medicine. We believe in the fundamental right of access to the healing powers of nature and promote sustainable interaction with the world around us.”

Preceeding this ‘tidbit’ is the following ‘tidbit.”

“We do not use artificial ingredients, fillers, parabens and only test on humans. We believe that natural treatments are the best treatments, and strive to create products with uncompromised purity, quality, and functionality.”

And the page begins with this introduction:

“Apothecanna is a natural apothecary featuring cannabis extract as the primary active ingredient due to its potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Our formulations combine cannabis with other organic and wild crafted essential oils to create highly functional topical treatments for pain and stress relief, while delivering a host of skin nurturing benefits.”

Viewed and analyzed from last statement to first, Apothecanna’s marketing strategy seems to be suffering from marijuana induced paranoia if not ordinary anxiety. So let me explain or simply point out WHY I just made that statement. Remember this assessment proceeds in reverse order from their official website circa 2015!

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The first (last) CLAIM Apothecanna puts forward, is that their products have scientifically proven value. (This is TRUE of Cannabis- as science has admitted.)

The second or (middle) premise Apothecanna offers is that their products are 100% “Natural” and that they TEST only on humans.

In the third (first) STATEMENT that in traditional logic would be called a premise, Apothecanna DOES INDEED draw a CONCLUSION predicated on the two preceding premises! Want some pseudoscience wellness professionals or just a side of religion to go with your health investments and your clientele’s? Prosperity doctrine or bit coin socialism?

Consumers are informed of Apothecannas “rights” and significantly there is an appeal to nature for sovereign status as if this is an innate right, protected by the United States constitution and by the State of Colorado. Oh my! Isn’t this Gnosticism Mitt Romney’s and John McCain’s territory? Are corporations REALLY PEOPLE TOO? Colorado did have a FEMALE TEA PARTY INCUMBENT BATTLE in 2008 DIDN’T THEY…

Since when does any government, at the national or state level have an ability to regulate “unalienable” rights? The Bill of Rights isn’t a LEGALLY binding document. The Constitution however IS. President Abraham Lincoln when in office, dealing with the question I just posed said The Bill of Rights “is a rebuke.”

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Gnosticism, gender and Lawd at all the LEGAL PROSTITUTION NEXT DOOR TO COLORADO, over yonder, IN NEVADA…Neither LEGAL governing body DOES have a right to regulate “unalienable” rights, pro Mblex crusaders. American laws deal with ‘inalienable rights.’ LOOK AT THAT “science based” MARKETING OF PHILOSOPHY  NOW. How far a walk is from cannabis to religious faith? How far a distance is it from  “energy work” and ‘Chinese medicine” to the FSMTB and a “new, improved” State by State Monopoly on the right to practice massage and issue national testing?

The “premise” that any class system is subject to the economic system, which is presumably subject to the political system, which in turn is subject to the legal system, which then, and only then, is subject to a religious system…with a framework, such as one that acknowledges and ensures ‘rights‘ which entail free will, are now on display.

Given that in 99% if not most instances, the defacto and default premise that an esthetics license is required, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree to work for a Professional Spa Product Line and that LMT’s with a Bachelor’s degree are overlooked if they have no outside B2B sales experience ought to give the Spa and Esthetics industry something to mull over when considering the SUBSTANCE of education.

Consider for instance this “new” education offering that is scarcely 20 years old: Disability Studies. It would seem Pain “science” v. “management” rather than “pain itself” is the canker sore in the post-modern lotus?

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I will leave it to the “moral educators” with political axes to grind about bell jars, States right’s, healthcare and massage monopolies on entry level right to practice (that the FSMTB fails to call collusion but most certainly calls patriotism,) to pander to their fellow citizens about universal relativism and plan for the future conspiracy theories this trend will no doubt spawn.

Until Next Time Campers!

REPEAL AND REPLACE: “We’re doing THE DEMOCRATS A SERVICE.”


Like many of us around the world, I’m watching President elect Trumps press conference. Am I the only one staggering over the idealism in play? Apparently not: this news conference is being held in part over stock market fluctuations related to some of his comments. I’m not ready to speak to what I’m hearing point by point, but I stand by the insight and measured appraisal of my fellow citizens that this man may prove to be the best choice for America and the global economy right now.

It’s an exciting time for me, to be starting a new semester-quarter working toward my paralegal with Trump heading into office. I’ve had and continue to have, personal baggage that is worthy of grief, bitterness and THERAPY. I’m almost confused by the combination of reality and motivation Trump seems to clarify for me, simply by being HIMSELF. I realize that many people around the world find him to be out of sync with his fellow human beings. The degree of his deviations from what many DO CALL idealism, obscures difference about natural philosophy and definitions of idealism generally. Folks, this is THE BIG STUFF…My eyes truly are wide as flying saucers and I’ve not felt so comfortable IN HISTORY as I do now. I’ve been uncomfortable for OVER TEN YEARS. I’m not comfortable now but I’m a bit more comfortable than I’ve been which is an improvement. Wiggle Room! 

I am holding back an opinion for the interim about idealism. Here’s why: For any conscious actor, any individual, seeking to erect universal standards applicable for human beings IN ADDITION TOO oneself, dualism is the most insidious counterpoint. Dualism itself includes double standards by default. At LEAST TWO SETS OF BOOKS: AXIOLOGY.

Since I’m my first and only student, this is MY QUESTION: At what point is AXIOLOGY REFLEXIVE? My question for others, is at what point, does the question two paragraphs above depart FROM “Both-And” and become an equivocation fallacy that creates a separate “peace,” politely speaking?

Ideology is suspected of solipsism around the world logically. Given this, what am I, what are we, how are YOU DEAR READER, categorizing and allocating VALUE?

Respect Yourself 2017: The Kon Mari Method


Marie Kondo’s book The life changing magic of tidying up became a best seller not too many years ago. She followed up with a guide book titled Spark Joy: an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up.

I picked up her guide book last November and I’m slowly putting her method to work for me. The Kon Mari Method as it’s now known is basic, which truly is more delightful than may first be apparent. There are six principles or rules to work within.

Principle 1: Commit yourself to creating change in your habits and manner of living.

Principle 2: Imagine your IDEAL lifestyle. Really devote some time to describing the way you want to live. It may NOT be a bad idea for the introspective to also note how you feel, not only about your distance from your goal, but also IF attaining your ideal living style may change you. Why is this a valuable step? As the author says, “When you imagine your ideal lifestyle, you are actually clarifying WHY YOU WANT TO TIDY and identifying the kind of life you want to live, WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.”

Principle 3: Finish discarding first. 
Begin by discarding – EVERYTHING. When you think you have, check again. Cleaning and storing your belongings is not “tidying.” How can you plan to store belongings unless you first know what’s in your inventory? No “business” could be financially successful if it didn’t track it’s goods. Respect yourself and your earnings by discarding what doesn’t add to your values.

Principle 4: Tidy by category not location. The Fly Lady Cleaning Method makes good use of room by room tidying for those who struggle to focus. For others, the 15 minute bursts of cleaning as you travel room to room often results in shuffling items through the home and changing their locations which can obscure taking a full inventory of the items they own and possess. If you are confronted with a heap of clothing in your laundry room but do not place this heap beside all the clothing in your bedroom closets, the clothing in your storage, your coat rack beside your front door etc, you will not be able to take stock of any category of clothing that may be overabundant, under represented, or simply unnecessary.

Here is some inspiration for you!

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These are the photos I’M WILLING TO SHARE!! Slowly however, the end result will be along these lines:

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The lighting is awful it’s true. I will update with some pride as it happens. But back to the principles of Kon Mari…

Principle 5: Follow the correct order. In Kon Mari practice, the correct order (taxonomy) is clothing, books, papers, komono (miscellany) and last, sentimental items. She is adamant that it’s this way for a reason, which becomes self evident with practice. Her reasoning is the often distracting affect that making an inventory of ALL ones personal investments can have on us. It is so commonplace a phenomenon that distraction itself was also the spring that gave The Fly Lady cleaning method it’s readership and adherents.

Principle 6: Does it “Spark Joy?” If an item, ANY ITEM, DOES NOT THRILL YOU – IF IT DOESN’T SPARK A SENSE OF INNER JOY-GET RID OF IT. Don’t ask Padwan. Throw it OUT, donate it, take it to Good Will, Salvation Army, your place of worship, a school etc. But THANK THE ITEM and allow YOUR DEPARTURE to create SPACE so others can give it new meaning, value, purposes and say your own goodbye. Remember, you aren’t choosing what to discard; Your choosing WHAT TO KEEP! As she states eloquently on page 8, “By letting go of the things that have been in your life with a feeling of gratitude, you foster appreciation for, and a desire TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF, the things IN your life.”

So have I just made it sound extreme? It is for some of us I think. I think she’s right. I’ve been working on clothing for over a week. So far, I have organized each and EVERY clothing drawer and closet in an orderly fashion so I CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHAT I HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM! The horrors of ill informed decisions indeed have global impact, from food shortages to global economic crisis. If you doubt me, remember that a true David Bowie fan once said “What is wrong with a mullet?”

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And then they put this twist on the mullet…

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But we can all see the presence of prison agent orange…hanging in there…and so sprung a Revenge of Grunge 2015 moment on unsuspecting but “thoughtful” bohemians aptly named the ‘hipster mullet’ that looked (s) like this:

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But we all know the mullet doesn’t end here! Typically, the mullet ends here:

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Remember those messy, unsightly, bat-crap-shit crazy disordered pictures above that display my disrespectful attitude towards my own earning power? The ones with obscene clutter on top of every surface in my domicile? For every “Joe Dirt” there is a “Bargain Betty” who shops Wal-Mart for everything she owns, in six rainbow colors that are worn a few times rather than one single piece of true tailored fashion that carries it’s value over DECADES. EVEN a simple Wal-Mart sweater that is WORN WITH JOY MORE THAN ONCE A MONTH UNTIL IT’S TOO THREADBARE TO BE WORN AGAIN is more respected than a drawer full of rainbow color coordinates beautifully stored but worn only twice a year.

Pick and choose for life is NOW. It’s not for “someday” in a “galaxy far, far away.”

Live now. Be joyful as much as one can. Regrets happen. War happens. And life ends sooner or later. Joy also happens. Miracles are ‘relative’ in the eyes of the witness not the recipient.

Let Go.

Thought for the day: Historical Amnesia


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Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska

“Your always one generation away from the loss of freedom.”

“41% of Americans under 35 polled, believe the First Amendment is DANGEROUS.”

“In the Carter administration, the average duration at a firm was STILL 26 years.”

“The number one issue of concern in New Hampshire right now is drug abuse.”

Recommended Reading:

Sam Harris: Free Will

Susan Martinez: Delusions in Science and Spirituality

Daniel Wegner: Illusions of Conscious Will

Question: What will a robust defense of the first amendment look like in the future?

Random comment: President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are touring Pearl Harbor together. I’ve just started crying. I see them walking together. Two men strangers to one another and to me. Brought into my experience by the daughters of my maternal uncles, influencing the world we have inherited from our father’s. I see my younger self and little girl fights about who wouldn’t share toys, who said something mean, who is the real tattle “tale” and I see Lindsey and Ana’s fathers, both having lived in Japan, both holding different levels of professional practice in mental health. And then there is MY DADDY…and I wonder. I wonder about De Tocqueville and the admission he made about the surprise Europeans then had about voluntary uncohersed American community involvement and action. I see the Prime Minister and his last name and wonder not if, but when Paris Syndrome will descend upon the next generation?

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I look at President Obama, and it so happens I can admit that I appreciate Cspan’s programming choice to broadcast Romeo and Juliet’s mock trial immediately after the story above, in anticipated acknowledgement of viewers such as myself and others.

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Senator Sasse is a Historian by training. I attended my father’s Alma Matter where he majored in History and had a professor who it could be argued, “indoctrinated” him with a negative spin on DeTocquville’s “admission.” A narrow and flawed passing glance at European American historiography and governments. The Senator made a simple an accurate philosophical statement that “society” predates government.

And yet I’ve paused. I can’t bring my mind turn some inner corner, as if doing so would negate my own experience or being. And I’m almost confused…as if a question is missing. As if a memory somehow forgotten or misplaced is preventing me from recognition of a crucial difference that requires and deserves respect and the perceived absence inhibits me and my understanding and awareness.

Ah! The Cspan audience is now voting on whom has a greater liability: Friar Lawrence or “the parents” in Romeo and Juliet. Fittingly, red and blue are symbolic tokens to denote each vote.

Deep Christmas morning thoughts.

Merry Christmas Everyone. May we all appreciate our unique blessings, individually, culturally and as human beings. Namaste.

The audience freed Friar Lawrence from liability (red chips) and indicted the PARENTS (blue chips.)

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin Review


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Random Musings: Global Decentralized Money is real…?

I’m sitting in bed, watching The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. I’ve had a small business idea brewing for awhile. I remember seeing a news blip in 2013 about the first bitcoin crash. I’m truly stunned at how far it’s come. There is SO MUCH information in this Documentary!

Questions:

1. Since WHEN (Teleology) is Epistemology (Ontology) a branch of Axiology (Cosmology?)

2. The price fluctuations in bitcoin SO FAR have brought it around for several turns that HAVE expanded the participant pool. How LONG MAY this continue?

3. It’s entering 4 years of bitcoin discussion. One founder in bitcoin has been arrested on money laundering charges. The RISK IS REAL. And so are the GAINS… Money however is NOT THE ONLY objective.

4. Utopia people. Think and Dream. And WATCH YOUR STEP…a segment of the film has a spokesman making a statement that “bitcoin changes the way money works.” But more interestingly, he also says “They (The Reserve Systems and Governments) can’t stop a MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM. They can point a finger at two plus two but it still equals four.”

5. I am excited and uncertain. But I’m smiling.

WTF? “Mother! Must you always have a needle in hand?”


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I saw the new Allied trailer last night and immediately, I thought of Ralph Fiennes.

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Who is “channeling” whom? I loved The English Patient folks. Still do.

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I also can still quote the screenplay for Interview with the Vampire.

Something is sketchy film goers, let us all ponder.

Where is Ralph, as his brother asked in Shakespeare in Love some 16 sweet years ago?

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Do I detect a wee bit of Marxism from Aristocratic quarters with Dear Tilda Swintons return from Narnia?

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We, I at least, did get thrown by Baby Joseph’s descent into cable television as Merlin. A witty choice but we all knew better didn’t we?

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I can’t explain why the sight of Pitt in Allied and a creepy line uttered by his co-star struck me in some strange way.

I want to say be careful for some reason myth makers, ideologues and gossips. And I’m taking my own advice and turning off my TV for the time being.

I don’t even feel comfortable playing cards but I just recalled that Robert Jordan penned a character that had a thing about Dice. I don’t play and certainly not for money. But I bought a set from Brian Vessel Cargo.

Captain Jack Sparrow?

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or Captain Harkness?

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Nope. Not today. No.

Winchester folks….

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I have a nephew who will have his drivers permit next year and while he does remain his mommy’s problem – he is not yet old enough to use Aunt Heidi’s LIBRARY.

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Product Reviews: Murad Active Radiance Serum


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I’ve been working for Massage Envy just shy of two years. Massage Envy uses Murad skin and body care products exclusively and so far, the only Murad product line I’ve tried is Environmental Shield.

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Why only one?

Because it’s that good.

I rely on public transportation. This means that I am exposed to harsher elements of nature than those who only drive and don’t exercise outdoors.

Here’s the fly in the ointment of what I just said: the sample size of the average Nashvillian is too small to be statistically significant.

Be that as it may, I noticed results after only 72 hours of applying Murad’s Active Radiance Serum morning and night.

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Here are the details:

1. I used approximately a quarter sized amount each time.

2. I am 41, fair complexion with blue eyes.

3. I am a heavy smoker.

4. I eat healthy on average 2-3 times a week and I don’t drink 8 oz of water a day. I do however typically consume that amount in soda and coffee.

72 HOURS AND THE RESULTS WERE NOTICEABLE.

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Try it. Today ladies.

November 9th.


The 2016 election is just beginning as I create the first draft of this post.The contenders are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Some States opened their polls a scant 13 minutes ago.

I am not registered to vote. And I am not alone. I will not throw my unregistered voter status in the faces of my fellow citizens like gas on a bonfire, by requesting to volunteer for either campaign, just to sneak in a ballot. I have no inclination to pander to anyone.

I have made a anti-intellectual move. I’m abdicating my civic responsibility. I’m relying on millions of strangers to make a crucial decision on my behalf. I’m a cracked bit of pottery folks. I live with occasional flashbacks of violence from my childhood. Until I turned 35 I didn’t have this problem. Occasionally it is distressing enough that I need anxiety medication.

It’s never a good idea to put your life in another’s hands. Especially in my experience. However I’m of the opinion that at present I am personally too fragile to get into the trenches and vote.

Which is the reason in fact, that I’m not voting today.

“Trust. The word has always made me apprehensive. Like wine whenever I’ve tried it, the after effects have not been good. So I’ve given up wine. And trusting.” ~ Julius Caesar (Cleopatra 1963)

“Louie! Louie….still whining Louie? Have you heard enough? I’ve had to listen to that for centuries.” ~ Lestat (Interview with the Vampire)

I have no reason to not err on the side of Meritorious virtue and allow others to pilot our shared future.

I live in a near state of perpetual shock 24-7. Its been argued that I am the poster-child of a insidious kind of dysfunctional Fascism.

I’ll awake to find out what choice my fellow citizens made on November 9th, in spite of the purely aesthetic choice that “we the people” have been bludgeoned with. I pray that someone, somewhere in America also sees the irony of this current election cycle. To me, the current election is a bit of a logic puzzle and propaganda.

Look at this picture and what do you see?

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This is the same geometric form below.

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Notice how flat the blue one appears to be? Marx and Hegel young idealists.

Marx and Hegel? With a war on?

My decision to not vote, is a choice and a vote of sorts. The message of responsibility remains. I would almost like to think that somewhere in America, in temples, churches, synagogues, and mosques, that an accounting of negatively rendered votes like mine will be tallied, with the awareness of the Bene Gesuit ala Frank Herbert.

First came Bush the Second.
Then came A CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER PEOPLE…NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS….
And now we have Trump. A self made man who has won and lost fortunes big enough to power small countries. It fits.

It fits. Susswerzel.

Susswurzel….


Tonight’s bedtime crossword puzzle contained the term “susswerzel.” I was tickled enough to add it to my phone dictionary.

Susswerzel.

Suss is a term that means “to discover by thinking.” To me it’s an emotive term but I’m not 100% on why. It’s something simple but my brain is tired.

Wurzel is a term that means “root” however, in it’s German origin, it comprises appendages like “hand” and “feet.” Foundation therefore makes more sense to me and makes me batty about why I find ‘suss’ to be emotive.

It’s election night 2016. Susswerzel my fellow Americans!!

Thought for the week


“Ask questions, start bands, start revolutions, write novels, feed others, draw on everything, show up for people, pay attention, live your life, fight for the rights of others to live theirs, and never stop playing your favorite songs.” 

— Automne Zingg