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Kathy Knechtges

Kathy Knechtges
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Writer and meditator, with an Independent bent. Have written for California and Midwest publications. Interests are the loss of the middle class, American manufacturing, unions, immigration, and the welfare of families and children.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 6:09PM

A Year And A Half A Widow.

 Daily life can get tedious, the endless routines, the boring responsibilities I wish I could get out of.  Life can be wondrous and great too, for sure. But sometimes the daily routines kind of lull me.  Then suddenly, my beloved husband isRead full post »

 

 

I could not see you actually leave 

 

on that sharp night of unexpected terror

 

that made you strange with discomfort, pain, horror and then exhaustion

 

your anger at having to die so suddenly enclosed you like a clear plastic case

 

I couldn’t get throRead full post »

AUGUST 8, 2013 11:11AM

A Dog Saved Me After My Husband Died.

My perfect husband talked constantly. He was big, chunky and high energy. He gave me everything I every wanted. I have Major Depression and OCD, though it is well-controlled with medication. My divorced life in the years before I met him was somewhat bleak, though I made the best of it, an… Read full post »

 

 

 A couple of years ago, I noticed that I would just wince psychologically when thinking about any mistake in my life ever, past or present. I want to always continually grow to be a better person, so my flaw meter is turned up pretty high.

But I realized this pe… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2013 12:20PM

What To Expect When A Husband Dies.

No matter how much you expected it, it will still come as a shock.

There is nothing more agonizing that seeing someone you adore scared, uncomfortable, and in pain when they are dying.

It is hard to get that image out of your mind.

At one of the worst crises… Read full post »

As an older blogger, I am delighted to have just stumbled upon a new writing thrill. A younger cousin of mine recently suggested that I help form a private family history website on Facebook.

 

I had really been missing the huge clan we used to have in my hometown. My… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2012 3:00PM

All The World's A "Crazy" Stage!

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 (National Park Service Photo       --  Chaco Culture Night Sky M33)                            &… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 12:53PM

Fear No Maggot.

Standing at my kitchen sink, I catch a glimpse of a bird's wing on my outdoor grill cover, just outside the window. I move to see it better. "Oh God!!! What now???" A dead bird has draped itself between my outdoor grill cover and my deck rail! Birds don't drape themselves… Read full post »

 

 

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From "New Worlds In Engineering<" 1940 Detroit, Michigan

 

 

Media GM haters are  constantly hoping that GM will somehow still fail, despite Obama's loan package. This is a symptom of everything that is wrong with the country. I am getting really tired o… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 5:03PM

Thank You, Salon, For OS.

I will never stop being grateful for the beautiful free resource of OS, a magic neighborhood for writers. Such a thing is rare on this earth.

I just came back from being pretty busy. This place is unlike any other. It changed my life for the better. I will never forget the friends I met here. I plan to continue and stay in touch in whatever format.

I will never forget OS. Or you.

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MAGIC REBIRTH FOR UNION MOVEMENT:

 

Union members all over America are on their knees, but not for the reasons that Conservatives might hope. They are praying to God that the Union Movement might become just 1/3 as powerful as conservatives now think it is.
 
People intimately f… Read full post »

 My Mother died in 2006, but I stll feel an intense longing, sense of tragedy, and guilt over her, that is not diminished that much with the passage of time.

We had a great relationship when she died. She had had Alzheimer's for several years, and ironically, it made her more… Read full post »

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I would like to gather your wisdom, secrets and life experience here. Read full post »

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 No red America and blue America, just one America!

No black America and white America, just one America!

 

Obama's ideas seem like just tragic memories now....

But some things  in America have remained tragically the same:

MARCH 13, 2012 9:20PM

I Call Out To You.

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National Park Service  photo,  IC 2118, Horsehead Nebulae taken from Chaco Culture National Historic Park

 

 

I CALL OUT TO YOU

FROM THE LAND OF INTIMATE DARKNESS AND CONFUSION

WHERE TEDIUM CASUALLY SITS NEXT TO HORROR

 

AND WE ALL PRETEND THRead full post »

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OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO      BY PETE SOUZA

 

Independents who voted for Obama in 2008 hold the key to his fate this time. But that fate is not clear --  because  in the 2010 election, 25% of these voters bolted and voted Republican.

Ac… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2012 8:31AM

bobbot, and the soul of OS

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bobbot has been going through another rough time, and is in an incredible amount of pain. When this happens, I always … Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 1:01PM

The Trouble With Hate.

 

 

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America's forward thinkers and activists were very worried. A hateful philosophy seemed to be gaining traction in the U.S., even at the highest levels of society, the media and the government. They rememberedRead full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2012 2:21PM

GM MAKES BIGGEST PROFIT EVER IN 2011.

Thank you Obama.

We still have some of our former manufacturing base here so that we have something to start with to regain the profits from all the manufactured goods that Americans are purchasing.

Since advanced manufacturing is a key to new technologies, we will not fall further behind other count… Read full post »

 

"We don't have an obligation to solve America's problems. Our only obligation is making the best product possible."             -- an Apple executive quoted in the New York Times and by Robert Reich

 

APPLE FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR… Read full post »

You must have unconditional love from at least one being.

Someone who loves you for who you are, not to change you into something else. Not someone who is blind to your faults, but someone who truly loves the real you, who truly likes you.

Someone who would never abandon you only… Read full post »

 

 

... HAVE NOW ALL BEEN SOLVED.

 

BUT THE SOLUTIONS TO THE OLD SOCIAL PROBLEMS,

ARE NOW BECOMING THE NEW SOCIAL PROBLEMS THAT I AM STARTING TO GET ALL UPSET ABOUT....

 

BUT WAIT....

DO I WANT TO BE A FOOL AGAIN?

 

 

 

EXPLANATION:

WHAT I MEAN B… Read full post »

Many people would find a nun who never wanted any leadership, and was the embodiment of unconditional love, a strange role model for the modern woman. But contrary to the recent urgings that women all become combat- charging marines, this humble yet great soul appeals to me a… Read full post »

I got a vague sickened feeling recently when I saw prison rape made the subject of a TV comedy skit. I wondered if the affluent stars even knew what they were laughing about. Did they see it as some vague forbidden topic that could only happen to someone else?… Read full post »