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Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023
Good morning to you!

To be truly successful in working with others to accomplish great things, one has to be able to identify moods. I’m convinced of that.

Anxious. Alert. Calm. Passionate. Nervous. Agitated. Angry. Cold. Sometimes the signals jump out at you like a Halloween cat. Other times, they are subdued.

In the 1970s, we thought we had a solution — mood rings. And whether you liked them or not back then, they are making a comeback right now, according to a recent report at Fox News.

Not familiar with mood rings? They were a fashion fad of the 1970s, supposedly invented in New York by Josh Reynolds and Maris Ambats, although some say Marvin Wernick developed the mood ring a decade earlier. Regardless, these rings contain liquid crystals that are temperature-sensitive and, we are told, can identify the mood of the ring-wearers based on the corresponding colors they create. You may have heard the phrase “wearing your heart on your sleeve.” They are kind of like that.

Basically, as the body temperature of the person wearing the ring changes, the color of the crystal in the ring also changes. And, supposedly, each color represents a different mood, although science doesn’t back any such claim. Even so, that is part of the fun. The colors and combinations vary by the mood ring manufacturer, but most have similar matches. If your ring color is red, you are said to be agitated, anxious or angry. If it is blue, you are calm or comfortable. If it is orange, you are unsettled or anxious. If it is green, you are alert or aware. And if it is black, you are cold (or dead) — or the ring is broken.

We had a bunch of mood rings in my childhood home, as I had siblings who were teenagers during the 1970s. Mom loved them, too. And they even made their way into my elementary classroom. Yes, mood rings were all the rage 50 years ago. And now they — and other related emotion-telling accessories including necklaces and earrings — are hot again.

The Financial Times says, “The jewelry is brimming with nostalgia and the current cultural movement of being more open about feelings.” Well, there is no denying that.

Did you have a mood ring? Do you still have it? Will you buy one now? Send me a note and let me know.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
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Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Let's wrap up the Halloween jokes! What goes ha-ha-ha-ha, thud? A MUMMY LAUGHING ITS HEAD OFF! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, Dracula laughing as he jumps into his coffin and slams the lid when a blood bank official stops by to tell him is account is "overdrawn"! - Carolyn Rogers. More answers from William Snyder, Rex Post

Today's riddle

What do you get when an ape enters a minefield?

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