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
- 20 or 21 Netflix Streaming
Suggestions for a Cold Night
December 15, 2013 08:13PM
- It's Just a Truck (Or Why I
Don't Like Michael Stipe)
July 07, 2013 11:27AM
- 10 Screaming, Streaming,
Steaming Netflix Suggestions
June 02, 2013 05:19PM
- You and your Dumb Mental
April 07, 2013 10:12AM
- 10 Rainy Day Streaming Netflix
September 28, 2012 12:41PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Lovely piece! Validating
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
- “This is a powerful org.
Well-organized with wide
December 17, 2013 09:46PM
- “I'm with
You can also be
a daily virtual thorn in
December 17, 2013 09:34PM
- “Okay, I've included
everyone's suggestions. (You
really write this
December 16, 2013 01:45PM
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Click on funny NJ map to enlarge.
Jersey. No, not like the show The Jersey Shore. That bears no resemblance to the South Jersey existence I'm tethered to. Mine is the Jersey shore that's entering a long… Read full post »
I'm going to give away the punchline: I fell in love with a fairly well-known musician after developing an online relationship with him. Best to just… Read full post »
1. Southern Rock
Musically, I never saw this one coming. Born and raised on 70's pop, I should dislike this kind of macho heavy-handed, long-jam rock whose lyrics can lean toward bigotry and closed-mindedness. But play a little Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band or ZZ Top and ou… Read full post »
Ruby Lawrence, one of my closest friends and co-host to 11/11/11 party.
I met Open Salon's Cartouche last year. It was as natural as the breeze. We hugged and proceeded to spend a glorious weekend in Florida together, as if I'd known her my whole life.
So strange,… Read full post »
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…
I'm hiding in a snow drift in my backyard, waiting to hear his truck leave. He bellows, "Let me in, Beth Mann." I know what he wants. And I can't give it to him. But why?
Kurt is the youngest of the brothers I've befriended here at the Jersey… Read full post »
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 »