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Gabby Abby

Gabby Abby
Florida, USA
December 31
I've had most of the jobs ~ daughter, student, wife, parent, employee, business owner and now once again, job seeker ~ but I'm still looking forward to lottery winner, retiree and regular blogger. Email welcome at gabbyabby.jax@gmail.com


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AUGUST 31, 2013 2:47PM

I Remember...

In reflection, I've asked myself, 'What was I doing that day?" On 9/11/2001 I knew just what I was doing and exactly where I was as I watched the news that switched the track under the train that was my life in that very moment. Everything changed that day. For the… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2013 5:47PM

Sirenita Speaks

Sirenita Lake shared her personal thoughts about the sort of moral character she believed she had in a post she published twice, as it was one of her favorite stories to tell. I hope you'll read it so you might know her, even just a little bit...

"Moral character? Me? Not,Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2013 10:17AM

Love, Dad

It is my first Father's Day without a father here to share it with me. No gifts to buy, no words to say. I did come across a trove of cards from people who have loved me in my lifetime and the ones that bring me to re-postingRead full post »



 My special mission over this past year has involved being at peace with ‘what is’ in my life. This has, in no small measure, been influenced by the declination and, finally, the death of my father.

I have been a long-time off and on practitioner of variousRead full post »

APRIL 6, 2013 2:26PM

Ten Things No One Cares About - OC

I dislike that I can't use crossouts in the title which should read


but that title would have been too long to fit into the right column feed. Here goes nothing, and I invite you to do the same.… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2013 1:42AM




I like to think I'm a tolerant person. I also like to think I'm a long legged, blue eyed, thirty five year old stunner, yet only one of those is true. I'm not what you would call oblivious exactly, but I can have an air of unawareness

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MARCH 3, 2013 1:50PM

The Four Agreements



Don Miguel Ruiz has had a remarkable life, and two deaths already.  He left his chosen field of medicine to live his story and his writings have become a pivotal point of light in my life. They sound simple, but now I know simplicity is the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2013 4:33PM

Round Trip Meal Ticket

I can't believe I'm entering the spray rally, but here goes.

First memory was chili with beans being thrown into reverse across the narrow aisle of floor between my bed and and my brother's, sometime in the middle of the night when I was nine-ish. Fortunately he didn't wake up,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2013 6:04PM

Postphobia? ~ A Commentary

I struggle with posts. When I set out to write I plunk away for a bit, then go on and on with the tinkering and the editing and the re-editing and the editing of the re-editing, until I usually do the computer equivalent of balling it up and sending it Jordan-style… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 10:09AM

Duck, Duck, Goose

It's been great to be able to get back into Ye Old Open Salon lately and I've enjoyed reading writings of familiar names and avatars.  I have noted, though, that I'm having to 'favorite' a number of people that had formerly been on my favorites list… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 16, 2013 11:42PM

Sizzling Sex Secrets! Yes, Really!



 Image from Tantraworks

My horrorscope told me to try to get my points across today without upsetting others, so I'm going with tantric sex.  Who gets upset about that?

Tantra is a spiritual practice that covers all the bases, but the idea of tantric sex caught some smart… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2013 5:05PM

Et Tu, Valentinus?


I'm sentimental about puppy licks, a baby's teeny little feet, the scent in  the air before the first snow, It's a Wonderful Life, and the first crocus of Spring. I have to say, though, Valentine's Day leaves me cold.

It's a fabricated holiday with no

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DECEMBER 26, 2012 9:16AM

New Years Guide to Southern Cooking


 When my Uncle Bimbo, mom's brother, called Christmas Eve morning from the field at the farm, this was the gist of the conversation:

me: H'lo?
him: this Jean?
me: who wants to know lunkhead?
him: oh, it's you. well, ask yo momma what kinda greens she wants me/… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2012 4:11PM

20 Random Thoughts

I was inspired to empty my mental clutter box this morning in the hope that capturing and chaining random thoughts to paper would free up some cerebral disc space for other things.
I've realized, recently, that I'm 'forgetting' commitments, leaving The Very Important List behin… Read full post »
JANUARY 24, 2012 6:16PM



What ever you may wish to say
it's too late
once again
a mother's love is blind
but I always and ever still
wish on my stars
for you be an honest man
return to your being
an honorable person
the… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2011 4:30PM

Banging the Drum...


banging the drum

Who would you be without your accomplishments, or failures, your degrees, or lack thereof, your bank accounts, your experiences, your title, your home, your status?      

As simple as the question may appear, it's actually quite difficult to genuinely seRead full post »

APRIL 18, 2011 12:18PM

I Probably Will Never Post This

I came across this written by a fellow member who will forever remain anonymous and posted it myself because I thought it was funny, clever, and it made me laugh...


I probably will never post this:

OS to English Translation Guide

There are so many new people joining… Read full post »

MARCH 28, 2011 1:52PM

Face to Face


Photo - Vanya

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then, face to face. Now I know in part, but then shall I know, even as also I am known.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:12


The simple recognition… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2011 9:37PM

Chillaxin, ahhhh

After the roller coaster riding this past week, upping and downing and upping and downing, I'm in the mood to turn on some e-z listening, crack open something wet and cold, and order chinese delivery.  I'd like Thai, but who does that?  No deliveries of food in Florida other than pizza… Read full post »

After reading Torman's post today I came back over to my own and banged out my response to the latest tempest in the OS teapot - maybe banged isn't exactly right, but here goes.

Torman says this...

"CK Dexterhaven and JK Brady...have long been favorites of mine and neither haveRead full post »
MARCH 21, 2011 12:59AM

Soloing On

 "Being single is pretty good. It's a nice sense of irresponsibility."

~ Michael Douglas


 My daughter, skipping solo across the Moeraki Boulders, NZ - 2010


I was perusing Sunday afternoon and into the early evening, apparently in a contemRead full post »


A few thoughts after reading Aine Greaney's post today...


Point of Information:  Colleen is a common English language name, and a generic term for Irish women or girls, from the Irish cailín. … Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2011 8:54AM

Now THAT'S A Tattoo


LJO-huine 7.2010

Maori Tribesman


Over the course of about a year I've watched the slow unrolling of a carpet of colorful ink furling down from under the edges of my hairdresser's shirtsleeves.  Blue, gold, red, pink, and many shades of green, as her body art represents the lushness… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2011 4:09PM

A Shoot Out At The Riviera Corral

Due to an executive decision on the part of OS staff this week, many posts did not appear in the FPF (front page feed), which Emily stated was deliberately switched from a 4 hour feed to a 1 day feed (actually it was 'stuck' for more like a day and aRead full post »

MARCH 2, 2011 12:06PM

Pistol Packin' Mama

I have a phone conversation with my 77 year old mother pretty much every day.  Lately, they have taken an interesting turn...


Me:  What do you mean you've just renewed your Concealed Weapons Permit?  What kind of weapon do you have?

Mom:  I have a blackjack next to me… Read full post »