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Arizona, USA
March 10
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron is an award-winning former reporter for both the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star whose articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Salon, Working Mother, Orion and many others. During her Sun Times years, she traveled with and interviewed the top rockers, film stars and other celebrities of the 70’s and 80’s. And dated Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once. Her latest book, "The Keka Collection," is available at and Barnes and Noble--Kindle and Nook versions available. Her latest short story, Deadline, is a Kindle book availabled here:

DECEMBER 16, 2010 12:59PM

Where'd she GO???????????

Hello, my dear, dear OS friends!   I just wanted to explain this long, long absence after getting a few "What the heck?" messages.

I'm not sick, I'm not in a "dark night of the soul" or anything of the sort.  In fact, a funny thing happened on the way to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2010 11:58AM

Say WHAT? Joyful Noises

Last week I reminisced about the music and dances of my relatives and neighbors who fled to Chicago during the Great Migration from the South and landed dancing on happy feet after decades of unimaginable oppression.

Soon after I posted that piece, I also remembered with a little laugh, the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2010 3:10PM

Boogie Woogie Baby—A Southside Reverie

I keep getting this YouTube video of some guy in Switzerland playing “boogie woogie” piano, while two young jitterbugs tap and twirl.  He’s all the rage, apparently.  

But he’s not nearly as good as my Uncle Nick.  And those kids have got nothin&r… Read full post »

I feel like Charleton Heston today—of all people.

But I keep remembering how, at the end of that ridiculous sci fi film, he screams, “Soylent Green is peeeeeeeeeeeople!”

I feel like screaming like that today--almost about the same thing in a…metaphorical way.   He… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2010 11:02AM

Let Them Eat Chanel: Sex and the City 2


Carrie and Aidan

The outfit and, to the left, one of the actors that almost saved this movie

I liked Sex and the City the TV show.  I really, really did.

And then…I saw Sex and the City 2 on pay-per-view this week...and I wondered…why?

I almost remembered… Read full post »


I wish there’d been a Cee Lo Green out there when I was a kid.

Okay, yes, we had some black “mavericks” out there toeing and/or ignoring the line between rock and R&B, most notably Little Richard, Chuck Berry and of course, the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2010 11:23AM


Just an FYI for those who may be wondering...

I had a dramatic series of health issues over the past week or so, and I am resting up and trying to find out what's going on.  I knew that I wasn't feeling well, but I ignored all the warning signs.   AndRead full post »

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OCTOBER 10, 2010 12:24PM

White Men With Guns--Reconstruction Redux


obama michelle apes

I saw it.  But I couldn’t believe it.

There I was, in a fast food drive through, behind a man whose back window decal, in small white letters, sent me a message that sent a chill down my spine—just as he’d hoped it would, no doubt. Read full post »

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So where have I been?

The answer is barking incessantly at me from her crate as I write this.  And the motivation for this personal Open Call.

I just got a new pup...and I need your HELP!

Now, every one I know was stunned to hear this. I believe even… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 2:47PM

Kickin' it with the King of Blue Eyed Soul

I was listening to NPR yesterday when I heard that one of my adolescent fantasies had finally come true.  I can go to Daryl Hall’s house and listen to him play music for me—for free.  

I'm not trippin', it's real.   Once a month, I'm gonna just settle down with m… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 3:41PM

The Empty Nest Blues...NOT!


My BIG Baby


Working Mother Pic

 My baby left me.

And it wasn’t so bad.

We’re talking about my real baby here.   My baby girl, Thandi, who moved across town with her boyfriend last week—she’s 23 now, so the “baby” thing is kinda ridiculous, of/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 2:47PM


Oh, hell yes, I remember where I was and what I was doing when the planes hit the towers on 9/11.

I went, as I wrote to someone on OS, into “scared mama lion” mode.   Trying to figure out how much money, food, other stuff we’d need if we had… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 12:17PM

Open Call (Trost): There's a Joni for That

Mark Trost’s challenge took me down a different path than the one he meant us to follow, I think.  I tried to think of lots of different artists who had moved me or changed my life in some way…and there were dozens and dozens and dozens.  I was a rock critic… Read full post »

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AUGUST 29, 2010 12:05PM

The North Rim Chronicles, Part II

No Photoshop tricks here: the twilight view from my favorite bench near the cabin.

This...I have no words for...

This...I have no words for...

Keka "does" Ken Burns--BADLY--with help from Aaron Copland.  Click the YouTube logo to watch full screen, HD.


During the 12 mile… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2010 1:21PM

The North Rim Chronicles, Part I

A colorful cliff in the Arizona Strip, a dangerously arid and uninhabited stretch of public land on the way to the North Rim


This, for me, was that trip everyone seems to promise him or herself when they retire.  It would be,/… Read full post »

I'll be back this weekend--I HAD to take a break, and you will see how amazing that break was, up there in North Rim country.  The Canyon always slaps me upside my head in a good way.  Once you've gazed upon're pretty much attitude adjusted for a good long while.  … Read full post »

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AUGUST 1, 2010 12:34PM

Living on a Prayer--Homeless Heroine

Only once have I come even a wee bit close to feeling really, truly “impoverished.”

I was a young newly single mom with too many bills left over from her ex’s excesses, a bankruptcy pending to fix that, no bank account, a teaching job which barely covered rent and food… Read full post »

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JULY 25, 2010 11:23AM

The "EX" Factor--the Ties that Bind

We are so different now, he and I.  

He is not the man I once couldn’t keep my hands off of.   The man I married and had a child with.   It astounds me how we can be so intensely “in love” and fall so completely out of it, later.… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2010 12:50PM

Native Soul--Pura Fe

I just...feel like singing today.  No revelations, no soul baring.

But oh, have I got some soul singin' for you! 

Whenever I feel like singing there is a particular Tuscaroran song bird I like to listen to for inspiration.  Pura Fe ("Pure Faith") is described this way on Wikipedia:

"PRead full post »

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JULY 12, 2010 9:42AM

The Mother I Never "Knew"

I’ve been asked why having profiled friends, other family and a beloved pet here, I’ve yet to write about my mother.    Easy answer.   I didn’t “know” her.   

I knew that she loved me.   Not by what she said but by what she d… Read full post »

I have met some amazing people here at Open Salon.

Myself, among them.

Let me explain this, because it needs to be clarified and celebrated.   The intrepid souls who bare same here, daily, have become friends, provocateurs, playmates and more for me.  And the more we play, the better… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2010 8:20AM

Alice in Limboland


This is a strange one.  But…follow along.   There’ll be a test on this later.  In life.   So let me begin with a BIG question:

Why…are you here? 

Seriously.  I’m asking.

What if…there were no lover, no spouse, no fam… Read full post »

I brought our puppy Bijou home today in a little cherry wood box, and made her a little place among our Hopi baskets, plaques, katsinas, shards, Sun Dance sticks, sage and tobacco.  She will be cared for beautifully there, by all the ancestor spirits who live there, too.  Some of them… Read full post »


She was our brave and loving girl.   She came to us with every illness and congenital defect a toy Pom can have, most notably joints that popped out of place and a collapsible trachea that made her cough like a old man sometimes. People would hear her over theRead full post »

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JUNE 27, 2010 12:20PM

Kim Milford: A Hollyweird "Love" Story


After decades of searching, two days ago I found, on YouTube, a clip from a movie which aired on ABC in 1973.  The lead actor was a friend I loved dearly. 

It was an “accident,” my finding this clip.  But of course, there are no accidents.   And when I… Read full post »