JANUARY 26, 2015 7:29AM


Egypt 3

We're all so busy living our lives that we seldom take the time to step back and really look at things.  Not the big stuff upon which our existence depends, but on those millions and millions of trivialities that surround us every minute and yet go ignored. It is these littleRead full post »

JANUARY 22, 2015 7:44AM

Lip Service

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We are a lip-service people. Both as individuals and as a society, we solemnly proclaim belief in and adherence to one thing while doing the exact opposite. There is, far too often, only the most flimsy connection between our words and our actions. Generally, lip service is basically harmless;Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2015 7:21AM


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Margaret Hamilton, as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz hit it on the head: “What a world! What a world!”

I have spent more than 3/4 of a century bumbling through life avoiding reality whenever possible, thinking IRead full post »

JANUARY 15, 2015 7:52AM

You, Me, and Snowflakes


Glancing out the window during our most recent light snowfall, I got to thinking about snowflakes and our metaphysical resemblance to them. (Nice segue, Dorien!)

Each of us, be we human or snowflake, is unique, though when viewed in large numbers both are all but indistinguishable from one anoRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2015 7:13AM



There is a boogeyman who lives beneath my bed, and in my closet, and who stalks me every hour of every day, no matter where I go. I never see him, of course...boogeymen never show themselves...but I know he is there, and he knows I know. He saturates my mind likeRead full post »

JANUARY 8, 2015 7:51AM

"You're Nothing!"

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The human need to feel a sense of belonging is a subject seldom discussed openly, but is an important factor in each of our lives. While we may not think much about it, you can be absolutely certain that advertisers and those outRead full post »

JANUARY 5, 2015 7:50AM

Egotism vs Egoism

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There is a very fine but very sharp divide between egotism and egoism, both of which are centered on the self. But it is the assumption of superiority that divides the two. Egotists have the luxury of automatically assuming they are aways right; egoists are never really sure. The egotist looksRead full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2014 7:52AM

Small Flaws


I recently bought a timer so that when I do laundry in my apartment building I can know when the time comes to take clothes from the washer and put them into the drier, then when to go take them out of the drier. I chose a streamlined, small, simple-looking, andRead full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2014 10:08AM

A Writer's Dilema

ButchersSonCover2While this is not a traditional blog, I'm using it to reach out to as many Open Salon followers as possible.

Effective January 1, 2015, my popular Dick Hardesty Mystery series is changing publishers (from Zumaya Publishing to Untreed reads). As of that date, ebook sales will cease and only tho… Read full post »
DECEMBER 25, 2014 7:38AM

From Me ..... To You

DECEMBER 22, 2014 8:42AM

Lost and Found

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Over the course of our lives, friends come and go. We change, they change; bonds which connected us break or slowly dissolve. Most of the friends of our lives fade into the distance of memory, and the longer we are separated, the greater the distance.

Reconnecting with…or even encounterRead full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2014 7:42AM

A Matter of Distance

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The continual volcanic eruption which is my mind is forever spewing out chunks of thought. Usually, there are so many of them that I can't concentrate on any particular one as they fall around me like rain. However, a random thought will frequently score a direct hit and remain with meRead full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2014 7:27AM


Cliffhangers 1

“Cliffhangers” are a time-honored tradition of luring an audience back for the next episode of a series. It all stems from the one of the original movie serials, The Perils of Pauline in 1914 in which each 12-to-15-minute episode ended in the heroine’s being placed in deadlyRead full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2014 7:37AM

Logic and Fun


I really enjoy a good, rousing everything-blowing-up-and-falling-down-and-people-running-around-in-total-panic/confusion “end of the world as we know it" disaster film, or an imagination-stretching outer-space yarn outer-space yarn—as long as everything ends on a note of hope. I coRead full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2014 7:52AM

"I Hear the Mermen Singing..."

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We can’t change reality, but we can change our perception of it. I’ve been doing it since I was a child and it has served me very well. Our bodies are bound by the laws of physics and time and we are allRead full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2014 7:15AM

Mantras and Acorns


Odd how something can be sitting quietly in some dimly-lit and dusty corner of your mind for years without giving it a conscious thought. It wasn't until this morning that I was conscious of a word my mind had been repeating in the softest of whispers for I don't know howRead full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2014 7:44AM

The Doll House

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I frequently start these blogs with only a general idea of a theme, and just let my fingers take over without much conscious direction. This one is a bit different in that I am not sure what approach to take with it. Writing of memories is always a slippery slope, threateningRead full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 7:56AM


Thanatophobia 2

What? You know what "thanatophobia" means and you're still here? And what the hell are we talking about death for today? It’s Thanksgiving! Could there possibly be two less compatible topics? But the fact is that the greatest thing we can possibly give thanks for today and every day is&hRead full post »

NOVEMBER 24, 2014 7:49AM

Moments and Times


Each of us has indelible memories of events in our life which stand apart from all the others, and which shape and mold not only how we view the world, but who we are as individual human beings.

I was thinking today of the moments and times in my life thatRead full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 7:30AM

Rules to Live By

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I am nothing if not a strict adherent to the set of rules I have painstakingly established for myself throughout my life. I fully acknowledge they may not work for everyone, but they are my rules applicable only to myself.

First and foremostRead full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 7:43AM

Stranger in a Strange Land


I was born to a long line of heterosexuals, going back to Adam and Eve. I was raised and nurtured by heterosexuals whom I loved deeply, and have lived among heterosexuals every day of my life. And yet I have never understood them, or felt I really belonged in their world—understandable,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 7:45AM

The Learning Curve


I know, I know, I too often despair (and one of the things about which I despair most is the mounting evidence that I'm turning into a grumpy old man), but let's face it…there's a lot to despair about.

Remember courtesy? Good, old-fashioned common courtesy? "Thank you" and "You're welcoRead full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 7:47AM

Cassandra and Me


I’ve always been fascinated by Greek mythology and identify strongly with some of it. I find the parallels between the prophetess Cassandra and myself, for example, to be downright eerie. Consider the uncanny similarities between us: Cassandra was the daughter of Priam, kinRead full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2014 7:52AM

Remembering the Future


My mind is nothing if not...uh..."untethered," and it far-too-frequently just wanders off from the path I've chosen for it. Such is the case today.

When I lived in L.A. and was with my partner, Ray, whenever we'd go out where there were jostling mobs of people, Ray would grab the backRead full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2014 7:35AM

Beyond Understanding

UnderstandingPlease believe me when I say I sincerely do not understand how I have survived this long in a world that is all but incomprehensible to me. Technology. People. Instruction manuals. Myself.  All are and have always been great mysteries to me. Just when I think I might be getting a han… Read full post »