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Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh
San Francisco, California, US
September 18
Editor in chief
Salon Media Group
I'm Salon's editor. I'm Nora's mom. I'm Sadie's...person/slave. And I'm your friend!


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DECEMBER 19, 2009 3:04AM

Me on Open Salon

I read, I rate and I comment on Open Salon. I don't write as often as I think about writing. But I love it here, and many of you know that. I must also say: I don't check my inbox here as often as I should.

I did tonight, and I… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 26, 2009 1:22AM

I keep getting more thankful

I'm sorry I've been away so long. But as I get Facebook and Twitter messages and personal email from my Open Salon friends, I have to check in to say I'm thankful for all of you, and the writing and thinking and joking and kvetching and helping and loving you all… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2009 10:45PM

Obama's lonely peace prize

It took me half the day to get over my surprise at learning our president won the Nobel Peace Prize, only nine promising months (with few concrete achievements) into his presidency. I did the same dance of cynicism as many people did, and I loved all the satire on here, especially… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2009 12:03AM

Joan's book club: "The Clinton Tapes"

No, it's not a real book club. But I tried to make lemonade out of lemons in my intellectual life: A friend got me an advance copy of Taylor Branch's intriguing "The Clinton Tapes," but my life won't allow me to sit home, plow through 700 pages, take two days to… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2009 11:55PM

Second year of college?

I really expected the sophomore year goodbye to Nora to be easier, but I'm not sure it is. Partly that's because freshman year, Nora left for college from the Democratic Convention in Denver, getting on a red-eye after Bill Clinton's wonderful speech endorsing Obama. I was sad but distracted. I went… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2009 2:02AM

The Magic Honky!

My last post was about two things that make me very happy, Baseball and Puppies. And I've been bragging on Sadie a lot. Sadie

But as much as I love Sadie, my day was made by Rush Limbaugh calling me "The Magic Honky" because I defended President Obama and called him… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2009 8:29PM

Baseball and puppies!

I've had a tough week -- a beloved cousin died --  and I've been in serious need of solace.

Watch this video and try not to cry:

 Then look at this cuteness and try not to be devoured by jealousing!

By popular demand: Sadie watching the All Star Game next to m... on Twitpic Read full post »

JULY 2, 2009 1:11AM

No, don't click on this!

I'm having a major cute-off with Mignon. We just got a labradoodle puppy named Sadie. How cute is this?


JUNE 23, 2009 12:50AM

I need help: Great vacation books!

So I'm taking a semi-spontaneous vacation. What happened is, I looked at the Salon summer calendar and realized pretty much every week was taken by someone in editorial who, well, I just can't be gone when they are. Yikes!

It's fine, it's fun, it's spontaneous -- but I have NO books… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2009 11:47AM

Staying in touch

I know I'm not the only one having this problem. I see a lot of you Tweeting one another and writing on one another's Facebook walls and of course doing what you all do here (I'm loving the Father's Day pieces, btw). do we really stay in touch?

Now I… Read full post »

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MAY 27, 2009 3:29PM

Update on Dakini Dancer

I received an update from Dakini/Josie's niece, Judy Kelley, that I wanted to share here. You'll see there are no firm plans yet for a memorial, but Judy will let us know when such plans develop.

Hi Joan,
This is the info I posted on cartouche's memorial post:
Thank you, to… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2009 11:20PM

Sad news about Dakini Dancer

In our world of cyber-relationships, it's hard to know how to handle news like this, but many of you noticed that a poster named "Niece of Dakini" posted tonight on Dakini Dancer's blog to tell us her aunt, Josie Ortez, died suddenly on Wednesday. I sent a private message to "Niece… Read full post »

Some of you at the SF/OS party met my sister Susan. I love marytkelly's adorable sister Just Cathy, but as sisters go, Susan is very high up there, and of course for me, she's at the top. For a lot of reasons, including coming to the OS party (which she insisted… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2009 12:30AM

Ain't too proud to beg

I've been ducking comments for a while about how it's time for me to update my hat -- a spring chapeau, perhaps? I already missed the window for an Easter Bonnet -- well, except for Greek Orthodox Easter. Stellaa?

The fact is, if Lonnie hadn't matched my head with Aretha's… Read full post »

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APRIL 13, 2009 9:33PM

Somali pilates

I was so busy today I couldn't really deal with the breaking news on Somali Pilates. The thing is, I never fully enjoyed Pilates, it always felt like a form of exercise for super-privileged women (I can't regularly afford those fees!) so my heart kind of goes out to the Somali… Read full post »

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APRIL 9, 2009 11:49PM

One of the worst things I've seen

This post might just be therapy. Excuse me if it is.

I had a great late-afternoon at the ballpark, my San Francisco Giants v. the Milwaukee Brewers in a strange 4 pm start. I left work early and took my daughter Nora, who's home for Easter. She left in the 7th… Read full post »

APRIL 6, 2009 1:40AM

In treatment, warily...

I wrote a version of this comment to Paul Levinson, and then I realized it was the beginning of my own blog post on "In Treatment," which I love, but which chilled me tonight.

I'm sure everyone followed the comments on Kerry's blog about what an awful therapist Paul is,… Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2009 1:09AM

Spring training

I'm tanned, rested and ready to be back. I haven't had a vacation this fun in years, although maybe I always say that.

For 14 years straight my daughter and I have traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona to watch San Francisco Giants Spring Training with a changing cast of characters. We have… Read full post »

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MARCH 5, 2009 6:30PM

Selfish grannies!

If the New York Times is looking to cut costs, maybe it's time to cut back on its lifestyle coverage. It's increasingly unreadable, and recently two style stories struck me as hoaxes.  One was definitely a hoax, about the non-existent "Dating a Banker Anonymous" group, supposedly established for… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2009 12:44AM

Is it time to change my hat?

Ah, Lonnie. He stepped in and met a need. I needed to wear Aretha's hat back then, around the time I learned Dick Armey wouldn't marry me, and before I was lucky enough to win Freaky's hand.  Lonnie, I'll always owe you.

Now, as the seasons are about to change,… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 25, 2009 2:47AM

I am a masochist

I just got home from Midnight Hardball -- yes, it keeps the kids off the streets -- and I'm watching Bobby Jindal's "rebuttal" to Barack Obama's stunning faux-SOTU tonight for a second time (I wrote about it all here.)

Still, I think you get a few things upon a… Read full post »

Lots of people here are talking about how important Karen has become in their lives, and I wanted to share a story about how she helped me, particularly, last April. It was a tough time: We were trying to decide between New York and California colleges for my daughter; the primary… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2009 9:02PM

No, he didn't

It was a forlorn hope that Bruce Springsteen would mention Pat Tillman, I suppose. Overall, I'm the wrong demographic for the Super Bowl. Obviously.

Maybe it's the Dick Armey toxins from this week, but I thought the ads were more sexist and idiotic than usual. Even though I actually like… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2009 6:14PM

Will he?

Will Bruce Springsteen mention Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals star whose death by friendly fire in Afghanistan was covered up by the Bush administration? He was pitch perfect with Pete Seeger at the "We Are One" concert two weeks ago; I'm not sure he'll interrupt the party for this, but I… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2009 11:56PM

Thanks, everyone

I'm going everywhere I can to try to thank people for all their sympathetic and hilarious commisseration on the Dick Armey, um, incident. So here I am. I was awed by the creativity and heart of all the people who posted their reactions to Open in the last couple of days.… Read full post »