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Introspection on Healing, Vegetarianism, and Life

Hayley Rose

Hayley Rose
HayleysComments.com, Connecticut, TheVeggieStand.com
December 31
I was born when Halley’s Comet last appeared overhead and named accordingly. Since then, I've become a writer, artist, and columnist. In addition to Open Salon, my work appears frequently in The Huffington Post, All Things Healing, Gender Across Borders: A Global Feminist Blog, and several other publications. I blog daily at my site HayleysComments.com I recently published my first book, "I Know Why They Call a Shell a Shell." The book is about domestic violence, a topic that I am very vocal about. It chronicles my journey away from tumultuous love affairs by weaving stories of her past with stories from literature, music, and visual art of both modern and classical significance. Find me on Twitter @HRoseStudios


MAY 18, 2011 1:32PM

Don't Fear the Reaper?



 Does the mid afternoon sunshine cause you to pause and reflect as you watch the particles of dust before you float around in the sun's rays? I can remember how it suspended my thoughts to this higher consciousness since I was around five years old. I… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2011 1:20AM


It's funny how memory works and how it doesn't. How we remember things the way we want to remember them rather than how they really were. The new Britney Spears dance song, “Till the World Ends” is an intense pop club anthem that brings up many vivid memories from my past. Just/… Read full post »


"Pearl in Shell" via Blue Eyed Ennis


I recently had an anniversary. About a year ago, I was unable to sleep and up late at night calling anonymous help lines. To even admit this, I am bashful. Who wants to represent the image of a person who

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Editor’s Pick
MAY 11, 2011 1:18PM

Trial and Error with Scarlett O'Hara



 Is it sad that Scarlett O'Hara, Vivien Leigh's character in Gone with the Wind, used to be my idol? Is it ironic that I too grew up to be emotionally unavailable and heartless? I'm not really heartless (my boyfriend has dropped the H-bomb a few times during heated/… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2011 10:23PM

The Two Hayleys

  "The Two Fridas" by Frida Kahlo

Above is one of Frida Kahlo's most famous paintings, “The Two Fridas” or “Las dos Fridas.” She painted this shortly after her beloved husband asked her for a divorce. The Frida on the left of the painting is dressed in cons

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MAY 6, 2011 11:06AM

Rory's Story Cubes Challenge

A few weeks ago, I shared my new game “Rory’s Story Cubes” with my friends in the Blogosphere. Together we came up with some great stories and even got the attention of Rory's Story Cubes themselves!

This week, I've posted a new Story Cube arrangement and added an optiona

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My friends hate Disney World. This bothers me. I don't hate Disney, although they're a huge corporation; a big conglomerate that doesn't stop at Disney but sprawls over oceans and across continents like most historic empires. I don't think my friends hate them for this reason either. Although they bl… Read full post »


Since becoming a serious member of the Blogosphere through participating in my own site, writing for Gender Across Borders and The Huffington Post, I've adopted one simple etiquette policy: if you don't have anything nice, don't say anything at all. Although/

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APRIL 29, 2011 7:28AM

Fiction Friday IX- Open Call

This Friday, I participated in Rita's Fiction Friday Open Call

Rita's Guidelines Were:

  "Write a story using all the weapons in the original Clue game:  a knife, a wrench, a lead pipe, a candlestick, a revolver and a rope.  The fun part of this is that these item/

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Editor’s Pick
APRIL 28, 2011 1:29AM

The People You Meet While Working in a Nursing Home

Years ago I worked as a receptionist for slave wages at a local nursing home. For the most part, I had nothing in common with anyone. I made a few friends in the office. They were great people but were all familied and coupled up, much older than me,

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Painting by Hayley Rose

Who says Shaman have to be traditional Native medicine people grandfathered in by an ancient lineage of metaphysical healers? This is what most people think of when they hear the term ‘shaman.’ The truth is that anyone can begin the spiritual practice of r… Read full post »

ATC by Hayley Rose

Wow! A lot of cool things going on this week!!

First on Wednesday Robin Sneed posted her "Week  in Review." This week, it was all about women writers on OS and she was kind enough to mention my latest achievement.

Thanks Robin!

Next, our… Read full post »

Last week I shared my new game “Rory’s Story Cubes” with my friends in the Blogosphere. Together we came up with some great stories and even got the attention of Rory’s Story Cubes themselves!

This week, I’ve posted a new Story Cube arrangement

Read full post »
APRIL 21, 2011 10:00AM

Karma, Kinda

My grandmother drove a powder blue Monte Carlo. Whenever she drove anywhere, she was constantly approached by men and teenage boys who wanted to buy her car. She had no interest in selling it. She loved that car intensely and even said she wanted to be buried in it. I’d dismiss… Read full post »

A few days ago, I received a message in my inbox titled, “In Memory of Sea Turtles and Dolphins.” Just reading the title made me sick to my stomach, but I opened the email anyways. For the past few years, I’d felt especially close to dolphins. It all started one summer,… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2011 7:00AM

The Worst Piece of Advice I Ever Got

Mariah Carey, Rainbow

Mariah Carey is quoted saying, “Never, never listen to anybody that tries to discourage you,” and she’s right. She is just one example of a person who faced adversity and challenges, yet continued to work hard until she achieved success and then some.Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2011 3:55AM

Rory's Story Cubes and Other News

Our Fiction Friday Rory's Story Cubes Open Call was a success. Not only did we get a variety of great stories, but we also got some recognition from Rory's Story Cubes!

Rory's Story Cubes left me a tweet complimenting your stories, "nice variety of stories inspired by a roll of… Read full post »

A few days ago, I bought a game called "Rory's Story Cubes" at Borders. The game is made up of nine dice. Each die has a variety of pictures on it. You roll the dice and then you make up a story based on the order (and pictures) of how the… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2011 8:45AM

Random Acts of Kindness

What would you do if you were walking down the street minding your own business when a little old man started to chase you down the sidewalk with a tomato in one hand and a wedge of cheese in the other shouting, “Tomat and chez! Tomat and chez!”

Okay...How about if… Read full post »

APRIL 12, 2011 2:46AM

My Fascination with Frida

The dreariness of my high school’s art studio was enhanced by the pea green walls and matching green and white checkered floor tiles, clearly décor left over from the sixties or seventies. Whenever my art teacher was particular back logged, she would torture us with some droning educatio… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2011 2:23AM

Get Busy Living

Years ago when I was waffling through my own misspent youth, my father quoted me a line from his favorite move, "The Shawshank Redemption."  The film itself is about a wrongly imprisoned man who spends two decades chiseling a hole in his cell wall that eventually leads him to his… Read full post »

It seems to me that not being cruel to animals should be a no-brainer , but given the fact that April is officially titled “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month” I am obviously wrong. Animal abuse is a common practice that comes in many forms, from animal testing, to “fake fur&rdq… Read full post »

APRIL 6, 2011 2:01PM

How I Found My Passion


Dorothy image via detritus

I have found the "secret" to identifying your passion. It’s not like all those other “how to find your passion,” articles you may have read. The method I discovered is obvious- and if you hadn't already figured it out, you're about to haveRead full post »

APRIL 4, 2011 11:52AM

Don't Fear the Reaper

For weeks, my mother had been obsessing over what I should do with her ashes when she dies. I am not a fan of talking about this kind of stuff although at times the subject is unavoidable –like when someone actually dies. My mother however is morbidly obsessed with all thingsRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 2, 2011 3:36AM


Throughout my lifetime, I can recall the instances in which I got the look. It was typically given to me by what I can most tersely describe as “left-brained people.”  They've squinted their eyes, raised their eyebrows, and scrunched-up their noses at me without even attempting to hiRead full post »