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Over the past several years, we’ve witnessed tragedies that have shattered lives, from school and workplace shootings to private family tragedies. Mental illness affects all of us. Across the country, nearly 60 million Americans live with mental illness. Yet a comprehensive mental health bill has not passed through the United States Congress in 40 years.

It’s time to address mental health in this country. By signing this petition, you’re standing with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and many others to demand the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year. The right legislation will:

  • Improve reimbursement for mental health services
  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Improve integration of mental health and physical health
  • Increase funding streams for mental health research
  • Provide the early identification and intervention that is so vital.

A Blonde Abby?

OK, so the Pauley/Abby hair … what? Situation? Disaster? Controversy? I’ll go with “thing” - there are three possibilities being mentioned:

  1. Natural hair dye
  2. A wig
  3. Letting Abby become a blonde

What do you think?

Here are my thoughts:

This is a chance to raise awareness and possibly bring US product standards up to those of European countries. The reaction is to a particular chemical (Para-Phenylenediamine (PPD)) which is banned in many EU countries. I’m guessing that they still find a way to color their hair in Europe, yes? So the US could, and should, do the same.

I’ve been sitting on the fence myself - should I keep dying my hair auburn or let it grow out with, hopefully, a “wise woman” look that is about 2/3rd medium brown and 1/3rd gray. My roots look sort of frosted with silver and there are shocks of gray at my temples. So I’m thinking now, since my scalp, neck and upper back are itchy for a day or two afterwards, that I’m going natural.

[Dear Anon, to save you from writing me to ask for a third time, I am 53. My hair is to my mid-back and I have bangs.]

Blah, blah, blah. OK, back to Abby

Some of us have been commenting about how there wasn’t much of a storyline for her last season. I think that letting her go blonde could become part of a transformation story arc for Abby. Pauley herself has said that Abby doesn’t age and is like an anime. I’d like to see her re-think parts of herself and her life.

I’m guessing in the show she is around McGee’s age, which is 36ish. That’s a time in life when a woman  without children wonders if she does want to be a mom and she realizes that time for that is limited. With McGee wanting to move in with Delilah and Jimmy becoming a dad, Abby could start to think about it too.

Anyway, my thought is, put Pauley in a wig while the blonde grows out, then have Abby appear as if she made the sudden change to blonde.

But YOU, what do YOU think???

[Don’t miss the passage that I bolded at the end, which considers the options for the future of Abby’s hair.]