Dewey had the thickest, blackest head of hair of anyone in the class. The girls all loved to run their fingers through his curly locks. Ten years after graduation he was cue-ball bald from front to back, yet with dense tufts of hair to comb and trim still on the side and on the back of his neck. No doubt he tried Rogaine; perhaps Bosley. Even vinegar is said to help in such a condition, but not for Dewey. His condition was a reality for God too, who now did not have to count so high in his case. Dewey took it in stride because, as time would have it, baldness became the new sexy.
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.