Kathy Riordan

Kathy Riordan
Florida, United States
April 27
One woman's view of life and the universe. Follow @katriord on Twitter.


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Poetry, if you like that sort of thing
Some great stuff around here
Where I've Been, Where I'm Going
What I Can't Write About
Twitter Is What You Make It
Articles on World War II
Some of my work on Iran
A little about me
I also write here
OCTOBER 12, 2011 2:14AM








i never wrote your epitaph, but if i did

i'd say you liked hermes ties and hot dogs,

linen handkerchiefs and bikini briefs, 

the opera, paris, oysters on the half-shell,

bookbinder's soup, pickled herring, 

tennyson and longfellow, 

french cha… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2011 7:56PM

Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs

The breaking news, confirmed by Apple, that Steve Jobs has lost his seven-plus year battle with cancer is indeed sad.  He was a genius, a visionary, and changed the world.


May he rest in peace.



 photo from the Apple homepage 


Apple leadership issued sRead full post »

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OCTOBER 3, 2011 10:22AM

All In Good Time



People have been asking with increasing regularity recently when I plan to head south.  It's a little like asking Mary Poppins when she plans to move on to the next family.

When the wind changes.

I'm sure there are those, many in fact, who go through everything right away… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 11:24PM

Something Wicked This Way Comes





The people along the sand
All turn and look one way.
They turn their back on the land.
They look at the sea all day.

As long as it takes to pass
A ship keeps raising its hull;
The wetter ground like glass
ReflectsRead full post »
AUGUST 27, 2011 3:53PM

On the Seeds-ke-Dee

I was in third grade or thereabouts when the U.S. Government decided to flood the Green River valley.  

We called it the Seeds-ke-Dee, like the trappers and traders before us, explorers and Native Americans who had inhabited the land or passed through it, leaving trails and petroglyphs, and occaRead full post »

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AUGUST 25, 2011 9:10PM

Life Before Apple



Our collective 21st century consciousness is bookended by an apple--one in Eden, another in Cupertino.

I dreamt last night of Warren Buffett, Warren Buffett in the back seat of an old convertible mugging for the camera with Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett enjoying a Dilly Bar from Dairy… Read full post »

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AUGUST 23, 2011 8:07AM

Cowboy Up

Something there is about going home, sagebrush and barbed wire, whether thirty years have passed or three, the mountains always in your blood, your collective memory, where wild mustangs run free.








DanesRead full post »

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AUGUST 22, 2011 10:11AM

Shirts, Redux.




I packed your shirts away today.

Mom gave them to me after you were gone, too soon, along with a couple of your books, your wallet with those scraps of paper in them recording every pill, every date.  They all need to go to the backs of other people,/… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2011 7:35AM

The Gift Outright


When asked what his favorite memory was of the JFK inauguration, my husband would faithfully respond, "Hearing Frost."

For it was on that January morning in Washington something of consequence, amid the monuments, the snow, the cold.  The poet.

January 20, 1961. 

"The land was oursRead full post »

JULY 8, 2011 8:57AM

The Selling of Casey Anthony


Casey Anthony listens to testimony during the state of Florida's case against her.  (AP photo/Red Huber) 

From the beginning, the case of the State of Florida v. Casey Marie Anthony has been about one thing, the selling of Casey Anthony. While it might have appeared on the surface t… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2011 6:55AM

Road Trip



The '68 Chevy paneled wagon was warm and purring already in the Wyoming frost by the time Dad plucked us from our beds in the middle of the night and tucked us, still in pajamas, into neatly arranged sleeping bags in the back.

By breakfast, we'd be pulling… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2011 7:29AM

A Single Step

I'm doing something this week I never expected to do in my lifetime: driving cross-country alone. . .well, not alone exactly. . .with a dog and a bird. If that sounds like a circus train that derailed somewhere back apiece, well, it is. And it did.

It's not like I… Read full post »

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JUNE 20, 2011 7:34AM

On the Second Anniversary of Neda: Iran Not Yet Free

neda-agha-soltan_476422331245713502  It was a typical Saturday for a young Iranian expatriate watching the events in his country from another part of the world, except that his homeland had erupted in violence and he was checking with friends inside Iran to see what was happening.
That all chang
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". . piece of cake (*fingersnap*), Bren." ~ from Sixteen Candles



we've overstayed our welcome, you and i

the candles dimmed, our hostess gone to bed

there's nowhere here for us to lay our head 

let's raise another sláinte for the dead

then we'll be… Read full post »

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JUNE 17, 2011 8:07AM

The Measure of a Man


My father was the first to show me what it meant to be fully human, fully vulnerable, in spite of being the Jitterbug King.

He never pretended to be perfect.

Make no mistake, he was pretty darned good.  Most girls, especially oldest, especially "daddy's girls," take their father for… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2011 10:01PM

Two Years on Open Salon

Two years ago, June 16, 2009, I tiptoed for the first time into Open Salon.

A year ago, on the one-year anniversary, I blogged this:






I love liza Donnelly.  There, I've said it.

In the 80's I used to snip little Roz Chast cartoons out of the New… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2011 9:20AM

you only come to me in dreams now



you only come to me in dreams now

soft, blurred-edged, never sharp

two colors, green and black,

maybe some tan

and words not really spoken

but heard

i bend in the cottage, closing, 

ask you to walk the dog

you step outside

no leash 




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JUNE 12, 2011 7:20PM

Did Casey Anthony Confess?

Of all the strange pieces of information I've discovered online in recent days during the Casey Anthony trial, one of the strangest points to the possibility that she confessed to the murder of her daughter in a very real way, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs.

The young mother accused of murdering… Read full post »


Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) totes his laundry in Queens Saturday, June 11, 2011.  (AP Photo/David Karp) 


The New York Times is reporting Saturday afternoon that New York congressman Anthony Weiner, embroiled in controversy the past couple of weeks, has entered a treatment cent… Read full post »

Midnight in Paris Movie


I love two things: Paris, and Woody Allen movies.

It was clear from the open scenes in "Midnight in Paris" that this was a love letter to the City of Light in the same way his "Manhattan" was a love letter to that island.  We see Paris the way… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2011 8:08AM


"My father always promised us that we would live in France/We'd go boating on the Seine, and I would learn to dance." - Judy Collins








It came like a thief in the night, really.  He'd always been healthy, second oldest of te… Read full post »

Just when you think a story can't get any weirder, it does.

The New York Times is reporting late this afternoon that Huma Abedin, 35,  the wife of Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), 46, is pregnant with their first child.

The couple was married in July 2010 by Bill Clinton.  The bride… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2011 9:21AM

The Mystery Woman


Formal wedding portrait of Huma Abedin and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), July 2010, Long Island, a photograph that could be more appropriately titled "The Goddess and the Dork from New York."  (AP Photo/Barbara Kinney) 

When word first leaked that the Schwarzenegger-Shriver power marr… Read full post »

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JUNE 7, 2011 8:40AM

The Lessons of Weinergate


If you were inclined to Google "lessons" and "Weinergate" this week you'd find enough to complete your summer reading.  Even before the semi-disgraced politician's late Monday confession that yes, he had irresponsibly tweeted a crotch shot to a young woman not his wife and then fai… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2011 12:49PM

Back East or Out West

tmb_Pronghorn Antelope, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


If we stood facing the faraway Mexican border in childhood, our backs to Canada, Denver was on our far left, the eastern edge of our frontier. 

We didn't imagine further, except in the pages of books or in dark theaters where newsreels and cartoons still preceded the ten cent… Read full post »