Isn't it interesting how hard it can be to shake loose of a notion once it gets stuck in your head?
I'm talking about stereotypes, biases, first impressions — that sort of thing.
Before you ask what I've been smoking, I'll give you an example.
The other day a longtime male acquaintance said to me, "Don't tell anybody, but I've been enjoying your columns lately."
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I said, "Thanks, but why can't I tell anyone?"
He confided that he'd always viewed the column as sort of girly, the kind of thing men weren't supposed to enjoy reading.
That attitude probably goes back decades to the days of the "Women's Pages" in newspapers.
Those are long gone, but I've heard this kind of comment many times through the years.
Shoot, one of my favorite readers is Erle. Yes, a guy!
Another perfect example of a "stuck image" is the way some people look at the Junior League of Wichita. It doesn't matter how hard its members work, or how dirty their hands get as they volunteer in countless ways to better our community, some people still view them as well-to-do ladies doing a few good deeds then slipping on their white gloves to attend a tea.
That is far from the truth.
I've decided to try to erase my own outdated opinions of people, places and things. I just don't think, however, I can change my mind about reality television.
Life can be tough enough without watching people sell each other out and be mean in the name of competition.
Happy super shopping — It's time again to save lots of moola with the Music Theatre of Wichita Performers Discount Card.
The first step is to buy your card for $50, then use it to shop from Nov. 5-14.
You'll not only energize the local economy, but you'll also be supporting Music Theatre of Wichita's youth programs. Besides, who doesn't need a little retail therapy once in a while?
More than 100 merchants, restaurants and service providers have agreed to participate, and you'll get 20 percent off when you present your Performers Card.
You can get a card through an MTW board member, by e-mailing Matt@MTWichita.org or by calling 316-265-3253.
Tell him Bonnie sent you so I'll get credit for selling lots of cards.
Jewelry Jubilee! —There's going to be enough bling to make you sing at the YWCA Jewelry Jubilee Nov. 4 at the Hotel at Old Town. I know that because I'm donating some jewelry with plenty of sparkle.
The committee is still collecting jewelry for the silent auction so if you have some pieces you're ready to part with, this is your chance to donate and do some good.
Drop off jewelry at Grene Vision Group, 1851 N. Webb Road; at the YWCA Treasure Chest at 1217 W. Douglas; or at the YWCA at 1111 N. St. Francis.
The event will be fun, with an auction, complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres and door prizes filling the evening. Tickets are $30, of which $15 is tax deductible.
Go to www.YWCAofWichita.org or send a check to the YWCA at the above address for tickets.