I Had One of Those Flashes

Beth Ingalls

Beth Ingalls
October 30
Writer, activist, former Mayor, lifelong Deadhead, and above all else, single Mother to three sons. Killer memoir in the works. Agent needed.


JUNE 1, 2009 11:42AM

A Poem For Chicago Guy

Chicago Guy tapped into something I mentioned  in my post the other day- Earth to Barack: Stop Eating So Many Hamburgers

He wrote: "Wait a minute. . . Barack's dining habits are news and everything---But I want to hear the story about how you found yourself sitting in Abbie Hoffman's a… Read full post »


I love you Barack and I'm not the preachy type. I don't get off on telling people what to do. I learned my lesson the hard way back in 1986 in New York City. I was sitting in Abbie Hoffman's apartment and noticing he was suffering from a head cold,

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Tahoeans are really good at juggling several jobs in order to survive. The insert signature feature on my email (I have five active email addresses) is actually more of a curse than a blessing. I'm routinely darting between two or three different titles in one day and editing what appe… Read full post »

I'm new to Open Salon and thought I better introduce myself.

I was born during the tense days of the cuban missle crisis, two days after Kennedy and Khrushchev came to enough of an agreement about recently discovered Soviet missile installations in Cuba to avert a potential nuclear war.… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2009 12:23PM

Roland Burris is King of LaLa Land


“Please check the affidavit.

That’s all I’m asking you all.

Read Affidavit One.

Have you read it?

Have you read it?”

Did you see the video of this interchange with Roland Burris and the media outside of his Chicago home this morning? OMG! He went… Read full post »

A few years ago Michael Franti and a few of his band members came to my house to take a shower and relax after a show at Truckee Amphitheater. He's really tall - about 6' 6" - and although he didn't complain, I'm pretty sure he was really uncomfortable crouching under my relatively… Read full post »

Joe said torture isn't as bad a nuclear war on his show this morning

Joe said torture isn't as bad as nuclear war on his show this morning

If you’ve read this Keyboard Show post from February then you already know I’ve got issues with Joe Scarborough…I’m a new blogger without much to boast about, but I will say that post has been my/

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MAY 24, 2009 6:05PM

“Step Child” Moniker Must Go!

One of the most difficult challenges in my life currently is helping my son deal with the anxiety and sadness that overwhelm him when it’s time to visit his father. He loves and adores his father, who remarried and moved away four years ago, but has big issues with his Stepmother.

During a

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MARCH 2, 2009 11:06PM

Stoned with a Hero

Cramped in a tiny Manhattan flat
I sat
together with this icon of an era.
He was tired, eyes dark
on another low.
Sick, with a cloudy cold.
He wanted to smoke
and we joined him.
He was briefly enthusiastic
as he showed his movies of the Galapagos
and talked of/

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