- Dowell, Illinois, US
- July 15
- born in Illinois. 5 year Navy veteran. Married for 26 years (not counting the first five when we just cohabited. 4 kids, 6 grandkids, 3 brothers 2 living, 2 sisters 1 living, a mother living, a father not living. 1 dog a labradoodle, and a current cat population of 2/6 (If you count feral kittens )
I've done a lot of jobs in my life, from shill at a carnival burlesque show to making medium caliber ammunition. I built inkjet printers, embedded computer boards, restored and repaired both cars, motorcycles and electronics. I read, write, and do arithmetic (albeit poorly)
My wife claims that I have more useless knowledge than anyone on earth and resultingly no one will play trivial pursuit with me anymore. I do play pinohcle but due to my inability to cheat I don't win very often. Recently disabled I turned to Open Salon to re-engage my writing bug.
Update add one cocker spaniel to the list and maybe just shoot me.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Robin Williams is Gone
August 12, 2014 11:10AM
- In The White Room
July 10, 2014 10:58AM
- You Want Ten?
June 25, 2014 10:38AM
- D-Day +70
June 06, 2014 11:48AM
- Ode from an Ageing Irishman
May 14, 2014 12:23PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Sometimes a post needs
no comment, well in my eyes
Some posts do not
September 14, 2014 11:06AM
- “A very apt description
of the situation as I've lived
There is ultimately
September 04, 2014 10:05AM
- “When one dances naked in
a desert one often finds sand
their crack. Makes
September 04, 2014 09:55AM
- “I've always fancied
myself to be a bit of a
September 04, 2014 09:54AM
- “I suppose it is but we
are not alone in the world are
often make bad
August 12, 2014 11:46AM
A velvet cloak draws down close
the night is a warm blanket that hides the frightening truth of dawn
hiding under the translucent glow of
early morning violet
and know the outcome of the the day Read full post »
Updike's Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom is to me a sort of mirror. A reflection of many parts of me. His fears, his regrets, the pain that no one person in his life seems to recognize. The anguish of losses, his perpetual fear of having done the wrong things. His stifled voice.
That… Read full post »
I would say that I am one of many who find holidays and birthdays the most depressing things in life. I find them to be both overwhelming and depressing since the natal anniversary always seems to find me wallowing in self pity for the life I've wasted.
Don't get me wrong,… Read full post »
This is something that I have to say while I can. You are my hero, my friend, my rock in this world. You always have been and always will be. What ever I've learned about life is what I've gotten from you. You taught me how to accept,… Read full post »
I know I'm an infrequent poster these days and while I see many familiar names I don't know if any remember me. That's cool, I can dig it.If you want to be well known you have to play the game. So what fame around here I used to have is gone.… Read full post »
My mom is a hero, she made it through a hard life, a big family, and number of disasters with her smile intact and her love for us all unimpacted. She came from little, she married young and had six children.
We were all of us beholden to her… Read full post »
I hate getting old, my heroes evaporate like so much mist on the breeze. We lost Jonathan Winters today. Okay, he WAS 87 years old so it isn't like it was early, it is just that I have to accept the end of my own life as an eventuality as the… Read full post »
Thick smoke and pulsing strobes combined with the thudding electronic beat of dance music wipe out any chance of comfort. Combined with the hazy blue glow of a black light that highlights the tiny flourescent fibers in her costume.
Her steps timed to the beat she struts, in dangerously high pla… Read full post »
I was born in an age of giants. Well, at least to us and in that time we saw them as giants. Guitar hero is a term now mostly applied to a video game where people pretend to be those guitar gods of yore. Men like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Rick… Read full post »
I suppose I'm famous for my whining and self pity so this shouldn't surprise or offend too many of you. I am a failure. I admit it, a complete and total waste of humanity. I have never prospered or done anything significant in my whole useless life. How do I know… Read full post »
I have the scoop folks, the big secret is...................Obama makes Trump horny!
In the ever tighter race for the White House I see many comments and posts on various blogs an websites asking or accusing the president of everything from socialism to treason. I just don't get it. If conservatives find that being wrong about the intelligence from Libya leading to… Read full post »
I came to Open Salon four years ago. Since then I've written literally hundreds of thousands of words, from the sublime to the ridiculous. For the past several months, the site has become slow to load, full of errors and often just plain too frustrating to use.
The early days were… Read full post »
live in fear
festering wounds of childhood
rip through my psyche
Gripped by pain
Shamed by name
Lost again Read full post »
From where I sit it gets harder every day to see the difference between what our country is doing and those of the Middle East. How would Christans react to a film that portrayed Christ as a pedophile and liar? Would they organize and kill? Would they vow revenge? Would they… Read full post »
One of the great things about the blogging world is its universal access. That means that each and every ill tempered, cranky, obnoxious, bigoted, know it all can spread lies, disinformation and general bullshit with all the authority of an expert. Even on subjects that they… Read full post »