MY RECENT POSTS
December 19, 2013 07:46AM
- "The Normal Heart"
December 16, 2013 07:53AM
- On Being 80
December 09, 2013 07:29AM
December 05, 2013 07:43AM
December 02, 2013 07:40AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Welcome to the club,
- “Oh, a slight off-topic
note, if I might. If you've
already done so, I hope
December 09, 2013 02:15PM
- “Thank you, Clay...and,
Myriad, I see you apparently
December 09, 2013 09:49AM
- “Like a pressure cooker,
we all need some sort of
valve to vent off
December 05, 2013 08:48PM
- “Thanks for the comment,
Trig. I would hope we are not
November 28, 2013 02:31PM
Dorien Grey's Links
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I love cute. Puppies, kittens, and babies epitomize the word. But I loathe, with every fiber in my being, “cute”. A six-year-old girl being a six-year-old girl is cute. A six-year-old girl powdered, primped, rouged, and lipsticked to look like some tart-in-waiting for a “Litt… Read full post »
I firmly believe in the old adage “Just because you’re not schizophrenic doesn’t mean everyone isn’t out to get you.” I don’t think this is true, for me, with people. But it definitely is true of inanimate objects, especially any that require any sort of int… Read full post »
One of the relatively few advantages of growing older is that the higher you climb on the hill of time, the more you can see when you look back over the things you have witnessed.
I was born fourteen and a half years after the Treaty of Versailles which officially… Read full post »
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.” This may be true for the builders of mousetraps, but definitely doesn't apply to the writers of books. You can write the Great American Novel but if no-one knows you've… Read full post »
Among the infinite number of things which fascinate me is the working of the human brain, and the division of basic functions between the left half and the right half. Most people tend to be either “left brained” or “right brained.”
I did a Google search on the subject,… Read full post »
There's a certain charm to naivety. It's part and parcel of being a child, for whom absolutely anything is possible and everything he or she is told is automatically assumed to be true. There is an element of naivety in any source of wonder, though the ratio of wonder to acknowledged… Read full post »
Okay, there are two ways to look at it: either I am incredibly lazy—a lifelong condition—or I simply have a different set of priorities than most. I think I prefer the latter alternative. I have never sufficiently applied myself to anything. My school report cards were often accom… Read full post »
Vengeance (ven-gence, n.): punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.
Durga is the Hindu goddess of vengeance, and while I am not versed in Hindu gods, I like her title. On the rather unlikely chance that I were offered a position as a Hindu god, I might consider… Read full post »
In ancient Rome, during triumphal marches through city, a slave always rode on the chariot carrying the honoree. His job was to hold a laurel wreath over the hero’s head while whispering “Remember, thou art but a man.” Wise people, those Romans.
Every human being—I&rsq… Read full post »
I love words. I always have. They fascinate and delight me. Where they come from, how they have changed over time, other words that are related to them. It's impossible to know exactly how many words there are in English. Technical terms, slang, foreign/latin words adopted for use in English,… Read full post »
I know you’ll want to write this down, so if you want to run and get a pencil, I’ll wait. Got it? Okay, here it is: People…are…strange. You might want to also needlepoint it on a sampler.
Being a little strange is part of being an individual human being. Though… Read full post »
I’m not big on New Years resolutions, finding them equal parts waste of time and exercise in futility. They seldom last longer than the breath it takes to utter them. I gave up making them shortly after Grover Cleveland left the White House.
But if I were to make one,… Read full post »
I was watching a commercial for a new yet-to-be-released movie I had never heard of, and was amazed to learn from the voice-over…done by someone who obviously had far too much coffee before coming to work…that “Everyone is talking about it!” They are? Where have I bee… Read full post »
Once upon a time, very long ago, a young sailor wrote a letter to his parents from aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga to relate the story of a memorable Christmas party. And this is it:
23 December 1955
Two days from Christmas and 3,000 miles from home. But… Read full post »
Hello. My name is Roger (or Dorien), and I am a word hoarder. I find it next to impossible to throw away anything I have ever written. Not infrequently, I will set off to write a blog and for whatever reason not finish it. As a result, I have quite a… Read full post »
If all the rules, laws, and regulations designed to keep humanity from running totally amok were lined up end to end, they would stretch far beyond the horizon. Yet in reality, fully 95 percent of them could be eliminated if everyone followed only three elementary precepts.
1. “Do unto… Read full post »
One time, during my sophomore year in college, a girl I didn’t know very well said to me: “You know, Roger, you really are a pompous ass.” I don’t remember exactly what had provoked the observation, but I do remember that rather than being insulted I was actuall… Read full post »
I think if I were to be a flower, I’d be an impatiens. I had to go to Google to check out what an impatiens looks like, but I do like the name, since it reminds me of one of my most outstanding characteristics: impatience.
I’m sure it all stems from… Read full post »
[Sorry, apparently Open Salon is not allowing photos this morning]
I love stupid questions. They always bring me up short, as though I’d run headfirst into a concrete wall at full gallop. I often have to go back and listen to the question… Read full post »
Euphoria (eu-phor-ia): noun. A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness
Euphoria is probably the most powerful—and rare—of pleasurable human emotions. It grabs you by the chest and squeezes your heart.
Romantic love—especially new love—is probably the single… Read full post »
I undoubtedly spend far too much of my time on the internet, yet I can say that it has exponentially expanded my knowledge of the world and opened my eyes to concepts I could never have conceived.
Almost every physical and scientific fact known to man—and many previously unknown—ca… Read full post »
I was sitting here sorting through my vast treasure trove of goofs, gaffes, errors, and random stupidities for which I am a legend in my own mind, and for no reason—as in fact there almost never is one—followed a short trail of breadcrumbs to a post received from a friend earlier… Read full post »
I’ve not written a poem in a long time; it seems to be a cyclical thing, though not so reliable as the emergence of the cicada. Part of the problem is inspiration. The inspiration for a poem is not the same as the inspiration for a book. Poems are compressed thought,… Read full post »
We all live within the harsh confines of the cage of reality, the bars of which are the unbreakable laws of physics. And even within that cage, we are tightly shackled by our daily lives and by unconscious acceptance of what we have always been told is and therefore must always… Read full post »