Beth Mann's Blog
- Long Beach Island, New Jersey, USA
- November 11
- Hot Buttered Media
- I'm a writer and creative consultant. I have years of experimental comedy and strange theater under my belt. I surf. I cook. I love wine, men and song.
And puppies. I effin' love puppies.
MY RECENT POSTS
- It's Just a Truck (Or Why I
Don't Like Michael Stipe)
July 07, 2013 11:27AM
- You and your Dumb Mental
April 07, 2013 10:12AM
- Mentors I Haven't Met
July 31, 2012 10:25AM
- How Drug Busts Mean Big Money
for Law Enforcement
July 26, 2012 05:30PM
- Life, Not Like the
July 15, 2012 06:06PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
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and touching. (And thanks for
February 14, 2014 12:39PM
- “Well look at all the
activity at ol' OS. Kudos
are all the
December 28, 2013 06:34PM
- “Alysa, your news
(announced on Facebook) is the
that made me crawl
November 15, 2013 06:14PM
- “Oh friend...you have
been a blessing to so many of
August 05, 2013 08:34AM
- “Thank you for this. Just
July 26, 2013 12:02PM
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I was suspicious of them early on, though I wasn't quite sure why. Perhaps its that pervasive and cloying "pink means female" message. We suffer from a "cute" femmy disease and wear sweet little ribbons to prove it. Barbie should wear one!
After watching several friends and relatives die
Years ago, I had the pleasure of watching Kazuo Ohno
perform. Kazuo Ohno is one of the founders of Butoh, a distinctive,
evocative and often disturbing dance form born out of the horrors
of wartime bombing in Japan.
When I saw him perform, he was in his 80's. He was beyond mesmerizing.… Read full post »
Fall descends upon the Jersey shore. The tourists have scuttled back to their suburban box homes with their whining offspring in tow. Quiet stands a chance once again. And although this season ushers in some much needed peace, it also fills me with a sense of "Oh my god, how the… Read full post »
So you have a cell phone? Okay, well good for you. I do too! Fancy, isn't it? But remember, there are some rules to remember when using that spiffy telecommunication device of yours in public:
1. You're not special because you have a cell phone. Small children and… Read full post »
(This is a short story I wrote for Redroom.com last week on the topic of "life changing decisions.")
This town is so empty. Even the breeze feels empty. A dead, lukewarm breeze.
Walking down the bleak, sun bleached streets, I wonder if there’s any life… Read full post »
I’m looting my neighbor’s garden. Looting light, I would call it. Everyone has been evacuated and I’m one of the few remaining at the Jersey shore during Hurricane Irene. I grab a few ripe tomatoes, a batch of heady oregano. It’s all/… Read full post »
As a single American female in my 40's, I feel it my duty to impart sagely advice to as many young men as possible. As a surfer, I am provided that opportunity. Many young men have approached me with pleas of guidance. And I’m happy to impart.… Read full post »
[This was first published at RedRoom.com, another great site for writers.]
My body, like hers, has… Read full post »
(This piece was originally posted at FreedomisGreen.com. Please stop by and take a look. Two Open Salon members - Chris Goldstein and myself - are founding members and met here! The power of OS once again.)
"Miss, either take off your sweatshirt or that woman right there will pat… Read full post »
I’m not defending Kristen LaBrie. Her case is hardly clear-cut. This single mother was convicted of attempted murder, among other charges, for ceasing to give chemotherapy to her 9-year old autistic and cancer-stricken son, Jeremy Fraser. He eventually died and she will spend 8 - 10/… Read full post »
When you discovered my dead father last weekend, Peg, it went beyond the boundaries of friendship. I was ready to leave his body behind...but no, not you. You were determined, even after the tranquilizers set in.When I went back to…
This list came about when my friend Madge (see, Peg, I told you I wouldn't use your real name!) said that there aren't many drummers who sing well. So I spent precious hours last week doing music video "research" instead of working and making money so my friend could see the… Read full post »
It's been a long winter. They're all long winters here
at the Jersey shore. You try to keep yourself entertained in any
way possible. For kicks, I taught myself the lyrics to Eminem's
Lose Yourself, the popular hit from his movie 8 Mile.
Well, it was no easy feat for a… Read full post »
They didn’t even know I was still in the room, they were so drunk, so wrapped up in one another. I couldn’t help but stay. Emotional train wrecks are awkward, sure, but fascinating to watch.
These two have been going at it for years. They…
She's gonna make it through the night
I pulled over to the side of road to drink in some fading winter sunlight, sparkling on the bay. Coincidentally "Blinded by the Light" was playing on the… Read full post »
“I think that’s just an urban legend, Clint.”
“No, this guy told me it really happens.”
“It would be sexual harassment.”
“No, not if he just places it there.”
My friend Clint, who recently joined the Navy and will be workin… Read full post »
When my mom was dying of cancer years ago, I gave her a journal. I told her to write anything she wanted in it. My mother was a consummate reader and a creative writing teacher, so I knew it wouldn't be a stretch for her. After she…
Okay, I tricked you - there's actually a small handful
of good holiday songs and the rest should be candy caned to death.
(The remainer of the best holiday songs will be revealed at the end
of this post. - don't peak!)
Do They Know it's Christmas is a song that continues… Read full post »
Last week, I caught Gwyneth Paltrow singing at the recent Country Music awards, which could make anyone’s lunch rise.
And not just because of her thin, barely passable voice. Nor was it the fact that heavyweights Patty Griffin and Vince Gill served as musical crutches.… Read full post »
I'm SO going to sue you for this.
1. Back in the day, you could eat bacon freely. It was the world’s tastiest meat product and we celebrated it, proudly. Now, we have to watch out for nitrates, fat and salt - not to mention the pig’s welfare. Back in the… Read full post »
Who's your daddy? If you're lucky, it would be any of these sexy
1. Atticus Finch:
Daddy personified, I'd like to forcibly remove Scout out of this porch scene and replace her with a 43-year old me.
2. Pa Ingalls
I've heard rumors that Michael Landon was a bit of a hard-ass… Read full post »
I like the pie. And that’s why I couldn’t give it to the old lady.
Marjorie is 85 and lives down the street from me. She makes me things and gives me things. I, in turn, move large things for her and remove opossums from her… Read full post »
When I first watched Glee, I felt giddy. Unabashedly expressive, darkly humorous...it was an earnest program with a heart.
And yes, I'm talking in past tense. The Hollywood machine ate the show for brunch and bulimically purged it into the pretty mess we now have before us.… Read full post »
Don’t try to change me.
He says. Drunk, on replay, repeating the same old warning.
Don't try to change me.
My dear, when you have so little to offer, what is there really to change?
Don't try to change me.
If I… Read full post »
As Max kissed Sandra's soft, white neck, she moaned quietly with excitement. He bit and licked his way slowly downward, her hips bucking gently in anticipation. Sandra breathed deeply, wanting to drink in every moment of his wandering mouth on her taut body.
When Max reached her hips, she could… Read full post »
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