Asheville, North Carolina,
October 18
Super Hero
Artwork for banner adapted from "Mister X," by William P. Marks, Vortex Comics • Blog Title from "Serenity" by Joss Whedon _________________________ A fiber artist making wool felt garments and local wool fleece and yarns on the side, Previously, I have been all these things: • architecture office manager • department store clerk • restaurant: waitress, bartender & barback, cashier, busboy, dishwasher, prep cook, line cook, manager • architecture student • engineering draftsman • graphic designer • advertising art director • magazine publisher • fanzine: publisher, editor, writer, photographer, designer • garage band manager • web designer & programmer • database (FM pro) developer • software trainer • non-profit organization staff member • ad salesman • fiber artist: weaver, spinner, tapestry weaver, dyer, feltmaker • reader • writer • sailor • runner • drinker, toker • big sister • oldest child • wife (2x) • swinging divorcee


MAY 29, 2014 1:53PM

Job for Life


I want to tell you about a US citizen that has a guaranteed job. This, in spite of the fact that his work is shoddy and frequently endangers his fellow workers.

His underlings are overworked and never get raises or promotions, since he wants to keep all of his… Read full post »

If you are a reader, you’ll eventually decide whether to see the movie adaptation of your favorites or to pass, due to disappointment. It’s especially hard for Sci-fi/Fantasy geeks to see their cult classics go trashy and slick. But it’s hard to resist the big screen, and eventually… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 3:21PM

T-Giv, you're all right


Well, It’s Holiday time again, and it wouldn’t be that jolly time in your lives (I know) without Ardee’s plaintive whine. No, Thanksgiving isn’t getting better for me personally when compared to my past postings. I feel like a CD with a skip in it (or a scratched… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2013 4:05PM

Angie's boobs, but not mine

I felt nauseated and angry all day yesterday. The political news is bad enough, but somehow, the Angelina Jolie news item threw me into a swirl of undefined anxiety. Yes, I had opinions about what she did, but I could hardly articulate them on Facebook. Worse, most of my FB friends… Read full post »

 Dateline: Washington, DC, 3/30/2025

Voting Reform Act Passed!

Voting Lottery lines 

A historic bill reforming the voting process was passed today and will go to President Rand Paul's desk to be signed. "This bill looks to the future of America," said President Paul, "and it will… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 2, 2013 3:16AM

Janus and cold hard thoughts

Yes, I am back at OS, now that it's working again, but the real reason I haven't been posting has been that I was too depressed to share my thoughts with anyone.  I did write posts, but I didn't want to expose the wretchedness I had sunk to. Luckily the holiday… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2012 7:57PM

Outa here

I really hate to say this, but I can't get into Open Salon  9 out of the 10 times I try, and it doesn't seem to be worth it to stay. I've found that Our Salon works 100% of the time and has probably 75% of the OS folks I've friended here, so… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2012 6:20PM

Homs to Home

Here’s a future scenario, one that could happen as soon as November 7th, 2012. The election returns are in and the Democrat - if it’s this year, that would be Barack Obama - wins the election by a slim but conclusive margin. In the small hours of November 6th, ordinary… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2012 12:06AM

Where's the motherly compassion?

I am amazed at the number of internet posts that - in the face of the terrible tragedy in Aurora - want to focus ire on a mother who brought her 3 month old baby to the movie. That baby was injured, but thankfully, was not killed. But given the amount… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 20, 2012 3:05AM

The GOP Jobs plan, revealed


As Rachel Maddow says, the GOP agenda is “Jobs Jobs Jobs.” Except what they are doing - outlawing abortion and contraception - has nothing to do with jobs, right? Obviously. All those politicians are just knee-jerk responding to their religious nutcase base, Right? They&rsq… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2012 10:55AM

Take Heart, Wisconsin

You did an amazing job. Rest now, and take heart. You are still standing and the organization you built is the future of your state.  
Here is another link (not embeddable) to an oldie but a goodie - Joan Baez at Woodstock. Go on, now, and organize. We… Read full post »
MAY 16, 2012 3:07PM

Austerity and bad parenting

The more I read about the Eurozone failures, the US mortgage foreclosures and the Republicans’ push to cut spending for everyone but rich people, the more I hear Daddy scolding a 5 year old for spending his allowance on something he wanted, but Daddy didn’t like.

Germany is having a… Read full post »

APRIL 21, 2012 9:23PM

Birthday Card for Designanator

Happy Birthday John! 

As promised some years ago, here is one of my photos of Providence taken in 1976.  (full res here)



Born on April 22, the same day as Immanuel Kant, Vladimir Lenin, Odilon Redon, Vladimir Nabokov,  Charlie Mingus and Bettie Page, no surprise that yo… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2012 12:00PM

Ham and Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

What a stressful morning and it’s not even over!

I just had some plumbing work done in the shop so I got up way too early, they wouldn’t bill my landlord so I had to cover the huge amount due, and my ex is coming in this afternoon to visit… Read full post »


A dream I had last night, in three acts:

I was at the shop when two men, black men, walked into the shop with guns to rob me.  I was afraid and directed the leader of the two towards the cabinet where I kept the cash, while the otherRead full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 1:53PM

Big Sister advice

One of my sisters called me today, very depressed and not seeing the point of life. Being a good big sister, I unloaded my best platitudes on her and hoped that one of them worked. It's interesting that I usually need to hear this advice as much as she does. SoRead full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 4:22PM

Sexual Politics


I would prefer to ignore Herman Cain, a buffoon who has stumbled into political prominence without the intelligence to excel in anything but pumping up the media. I’m bored with the obsessive coverage of Cain and Perry, and the endless dissection of their flubs and faults. They a… Read full post »

I'm just sharing this along - it showed up on my Facebook feed. But it's brilliant. 

Got it? FAR better than posting a message to Goldman Sachs CEO on OWS' website and having them throw it as a paper airplane at the corporate offices. I think we… Read full post »
OCTOBER 16, 2011 11:05PM

Who needs TV?

  • Ardee Wnc Pretty strange. Apparently someone has made a home-made bomb (clear liquid in a soda bottle with a long dark... fuse?) and threw it out right in front of my house. The old folks across the street heard explosions over there
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OCTOBER 15, 2011 11:24PM

Are you all right?


I went to see Lucinda Williams tonight. She was playing at an outdoor venue about a mile from my house, within staggering distance. That's relevant, since I went to see her to reconnect with who I remember I was once. The last time I saw Lucinda was at The Point,…

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OCTOBER 10, 2011 12:50AM

Sympathy for the defiantly stupid

We are in an era of know-nothingness. There are stupid-heads out there that astonish us with their petulant refusal to face reality. Rejecting scientific fact, making shit up, and lying through their teeth about global warming, public policy, news events and whatever they just don’t like. We ca… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 3:46PM

Discovering that I’m not that desperate

I filled several OS posts with my sadness at the end of my marriage and my longing for someone to share my life with. I’ve joined online dating services with no luck in meeting anyone locally. I’ve railed against the tendency of men my age to date younger women and bemoaned… Read full post »

Today is my day off, and I just had a beer, and may have another, and life is good, just for the moment. I broke even in May, June and July, the third, fourth and fifth months my little gallery has been in business, and that’s remarkable. I know the statistics… Read full post »

Salon and many other outlets are rolling around in the mud that they loved to shovel about Amy Winehouse when she was alive. Most of these writers are clueless, knowing little about making music and everything about wrapping themselves in borrowed celebrity while they dissect her life for pay. … Read full post »

 This was one of my unfinished posts, but I finished it this morning waiting for customers. I started it a few months ago, while Trump was still a candidate, that French guy and Ahnold got caught with their pants down and the economy was tanking. Not that much has changed, includingRead full post »