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MARCH 5, 2015 7:33AM

"They," "Them," and Me

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I've spent an inordinate amount of time, over the course of my life, pondering the riddle of how I can be a part of humanity and yet so often feel totally apart from it. I've come to the conclusion that I view myRead full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 7:42AM

"This, too...."

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One of the wonders of being human is that while we, among all living creatures on earth, are aware of the concepts of future and past, stretching out endlessly before and behind us, we must walk between the two on the infinitely thin tightrope of "now"...the present.

Impatience is also ingrainRead full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 7:49AM

Idiots

Idiocy

I know full well that I frequently think of myself, and present myself to others, as an idiot. But I can do it; it’s my right. I don’t like it, but I can live with it.  What I cannot tolerate is other people―total strangers who have never even heard of meRead full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 8:01AM

Weather or Not

snowstorm-300x174Remember that old kids' rhyme, "Whether it's cold or whether it's hot, we will have weather, whether or not"? It was one of my first encounters with wordplay, and I've always remembered it.

I love weather's unpredictability and delight in the largely futile attempts of weather forecasters to geRead full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 8:00AM

Envy

Envy

envy (noun): a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck

jealous (adjective): feeling or showing envy of someone or their achievements and advantages

Envy, like its not-quite-synonym jealousy, is one of the less noble of human qualitRead full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 7:51AM

Penguins

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One of my favorite stories, often repeated, is about the to-the-point book report a little girl submitted after reading a book on penguins: "This book tells me more about penguins than I need to know."  I'm afraid my blogs may occasionally elicit the same reaction.

I have always had a tenRead full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2015 7:50AM

Grand Delusions

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Being human comes with enough problems—many of our own making—without allowing hubris to extend the range of those problems to include assumed/implied responsibility for things over which we have absolutely not the remotest influence or control. This hubris is, in fact, a form of dRead full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2015 7:28AM

Waste Not, Want Not

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My apartment is in the rear of my building, overlooking a service area adjacent to the alley. There is a huge open-topped dumpster almost directly below my bedroom window, and whenever I look into it, as I did just now, my frustration levelRead full post »

JANUARY 29, 2015 7:33AM

"Pretty"

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I know, I know…our attraction to physically pretty people is somehow encoded in our DNA as an imperative. Survival of the fittest and all that. But our humanity should raise us above our genes, and it far too seldom does.

One of the least followed of biblical teachings is "Judge not,Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2015 7:29AM

Observing

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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

Seriously?

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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

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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

Boogeyman

Boogeyman

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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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 »