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MARCH 12, 2011 12:42AM

Orion's Belt



Moon's waxing again,
Filling my sleep.
Silhouetting bare limbs,
Sparkling stars into diamonds.

Orion's belt hangs in the tree.
Discarded in haste,
A lover's waste.

Betelgeuse glares.
Bane or guard dog?

But the moon! the moon!
She just grins at my folly.




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MARCH 9, 2011 4:59AM

The Day I Switched Genders


     I was born with a fatal flaw, I had no penis. I was reminded of this on a daily basis by my four brothers. My twin and the younger brother would flash me after their bath, whipping their wet towels at each other's butts, whipping their penises like… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2011 11:36PM


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I am wishing for a miracle
   a home of love and light.

I am hoping for a beginning
   all shining fresh and bright.

I am praying for a sea change
of soul and mind and heart.

I am waiting for the

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FEBRUARY 7, 2011 8:28AM

Change of Seasons

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     After four days of being stuck indoors by icy roads, we broke out of the house on Saturday. I know everyone else has endured a harsher winter than we have, but it was a big adjustment for pipes and roads around here. I am really hoping not to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2011 2:13PM

Year of the Rabbit w/Tutorial

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     Happy New Year!
I hope your year is prosperous in so many ways,
filled with health, wealth, and love.
I wish you will be creative and clever, happy and fulfilled.

     I made a Year of the Rabbit image, and instead of just putting it here to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2011 12:11AM

True Grit Friend


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      We went to the movies last weekend and made a big deal about it, starting with a party at White Horse Station, drinking, cutting cake, and cheering local actress, Anna Fortier.

     Anna had her big-screen debut that night. Her role in… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2011 1:08AM


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      On my way to work, I saw the smoke. Like the trail of a coal-fired locomotive riding the skies, it marked its territory.


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        Along the Leon River bridge, I stopped my car to see, fascinated by… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2011 11:43PM

Shrunken Heads

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      My sister made these shrunken heads, beginning with three apples, some scrap horse hair (or was it dog?), a sense of humor, a grand imagination, and some carving skills.


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     This head began when Rosemary peeled… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2011 10:09AM

Itchy Feet

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     I should be grateful, living in Texas, where our winters are mild. I hear about places where blizzards wipe out the sun, where cars play hide-and-seek in the snow, where black ice waits like death on bridges. A cold front is predicted for our area, so we will… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2011 10:35PM

How do you say 2011?



I need a verbal shortcut, it's all so confusing.

    Twenty-Eleven, five syllables I'd be using,

With Two-Thousand-Eleven, six is too many.

    Two-Oh-One-One! Four syllable's a winny.


image © diana ani stokely 2010 

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DECEMBER 23, 2010 6:28PM

Mama's Helper






Mama's Helper, yep, that's me!
With stool and apron and towel,
I can dry.
One - Two - Three!






Mama's Helper, yep, that's me!
With chair and blanket and baby,
I can sit.
A - B - C!






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DECEMBER 16, 2010 7:56PM


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     I haven't gotten very far with decorating the house for the upcoming holidays, but already I am having lots of fun. I brought the box down from the attic, opened it, pulled out the 3 foot tall tree, and plugged
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DECEMBER 15, 2010 1:51AM

Working Shoes


When he was killed,
on the road,
in the truck,
She was 27.

When she was a widow,
the boy was 8,
the girl 6,
She was not alone.

She had a trade,
a certificate,
on a lark,
Who knew it would suffice?

When work was scarce,
when home was a suitcase,
Her sister helped.

When there was money,

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DECEMBER 12, 2010 11:20PM

Norwegian Country Christmas - part 2


      A week ago, Bosque County celebrated Norwegian Country Christmas, with gift fairs, good food, home tours, music, and dancing. My mother and I participated in as much as we could get to, and I wrote about some of it here. After we finished our duties at the Ringn… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2010 12:45AM

Norwegian Country Christmas - part 1


     The first weekend in December is especially nice in Bosque County. Clifton, Texas,  named "The Norwegian Capital of Texas,"  hosts a big celebration called Norwegian Country Christmas.

     Our day began with a visit to the Armory, where… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2010 7:15PM

What is This Stuff?

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      As I drove down the lane on my way to work this morning, I spied many white blobs along the ground near the creek bed. They looked like maybe plastic bags wrapped around small stems, like someone's trash had spilled, but only white trash bags.


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NOVEMBER 22, 2010 7:24PM

Texas Fall


     On Mondays, I am always running late, trying to get out the door, trying to finish some leftover weekend chores, wanting more time to pull myself together. This morning was no exception, but when I walked outside, I just knew I had to photograph the grey skies and red… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2010 9:13PM

Designanator's Avatar Was Cropped!



     You may have noticed the sinister side of avatar cropping has been exposed by OS' very own, Designator. Here are parts 1-5, in case you missed one: avatar crop 1, avatar crop 2, avatar crop 3, avatar crop 4, avatar crop 5.



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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 8, 2010 10:51PM

The Little Mountain

       Last weekend, I returned to visit the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. The weather was cool and clear, a perfect day for enjoying one of the prettiest historical sites in America. During my years of living in the area, I managed to take a cou… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2010 12:22AM

before there were wimmin

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there were gurlz. pirate gurlz. 

takin' crud from nobuddy, pertickerly not boyz.
gurlz stabbin', gurlz spittin', gurlz splicin' and hitchin'.
pirate gurlz learnin' sailin', navigatin' and poise.

takin' grog mostly wattered, punishins light.
gurlz stabbin', gurlz spittin', gurlz splicin' an

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 12:46AM


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     Now that November is here, I get to draw the Pilgrims. Starting in 2nd grade, the teacher would cover the back wall blackboard with butcher paper and then she would tell us the Lesson of the First Thanksgiving.

     The way I remember her telling it… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2010 12:47AM

don't eat the candy

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That's all.

     I look at this site often enough, that I am now using it as a post-it note, a reminder, a wishful thought, a pie-in-the-sky,  a dare, a plea, a subconscious hope.

Diana. Don't.Eat.The.Candy.


Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christma… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2010 12:45AM

Allie Joe


 I am not in possession of all the facts, hardly any facts at all.

     A call to 9-1-1 a week ago led to the discovery of a dead child. Allie Joe Norwood, aged two, appeared to have been beaten to death. Her mother, 24, is in jail on murder… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2010 6:17PM

Linnnn in Oz

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     Okay, for those of you who are tired of all these Halloween make-overs, just click away, please. Everybody else, hello! 

      I got inspired (by Halloween Maven) to paint myself as a witch for Halloween (Moon Witch) and then I painted a similar

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OCTOBER 24, 2010 12:39AM

sixtycandles on fire!

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moonwitch     Inspired by Halloween Maven's makeovers, I recently photoshopped my own witchy self. You can see the results in my post, "Moon Witch."

     One of the comments there was from sixtycandles, asking for her own bewitchment.

sixtycandles original   &nbs… Read full post »