- Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- November 04
- Retired PR Director
- I am a retired Public Relations professional who now writes purely for fun and catharsis. I covered most of my memoir-type pieces in the first three years here. Lately I have dabbled in politics, current affairs, pop culture and movie reviews. Life is my muse.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Affluenza* -- A Rich Boy's
December 16, 2013 01:52PM
- A Bedtime Story for the
Children of the Right
December 10, 2013 12:39PM
- OS JINGLES!
December 07, 2013 10:56PM
- When Nothing Seems Good Enough
December 06, 2013 03:33PM
- The Murder of Hope
November 22, 2013 02:15PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Oh, and speaking of
context, I hope you didn't
skip over Barb
December 17, 2013 11:49AM
- “Hahaha, well you got me
there, Jois. I never claimed
perfect and I am
December 17, 2013 11:38AM
- “Joisey, let me make sure
I understand your thinking. If
kid was one of
December 17, 2013 09:15AM
- “Kosh, I have a feeling
that is exactly what will
happen -- in
December 16, 2013 06:45PM
- “Well, given the orgy
environment you will be in,
in Paris was
December 16, 2013 06:14PM
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Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, 26, has joined the quest to fix inner-city public schools by pumping an impressive $100 million into the struggling Newark, NJ public schools. He joins T. Boone Pickens and Bill and Melissa Gates in the small group of American billionaires who a… Read full post »
I wasn't going to do this Open Call because I reveal so much about myself in my posts all the time. But it has been fun reading the ones you've written, so I'm diving right in with things I don't remember writing about in previous posts.
1. I am left handed, left… Read full post »
This morning's Silver Sneakers class was a blast, for some reason. Oh, there was the usual bitching and moaning, cheating and snoozing, and the like. But today, our resident Dennis the Menace, Mr. Robert, showed up and proceeded to fake his way through the entire hour by heckling Gre… Read full post »
I wasted about 60 years not fully utilizing my senses. Of course I've used them all constantly for every one of my 65 years, but it wasn't until I broke free from the yoke of daily employment (albeit unwillingly) that I began to stop and see beyond the surface, savor taste, ling… Read full post »
Since I *met* you, Studman, I have never looked at a disabled person in the same way.
Ryan, you taught me that what I see is definitely not all I can get.
You made me see beyond your ailments and physical differences into that irrepressible brain of yours.
You taught me… Read full post »
Today is garbage day in my neighborhood, so last evening, after our pre-bedtime walk, Miss Priss and I stepped out to the fenced-in area where our townhome complex keeps our individual Herbie… Read full post »
My grandfather loved me so much, he had himself committed.
The feeling was definitely mutual. Grandpa had been my earliest and only father figure from the time I was born. My Coast Guard father was still deployed as World War II ground to a victorious halt. And since my mother… Read full post »
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This was the one day I regretted my gift of empathy. I didn't want to feel what I knew they were feeling.
I had just been fingerprinted at the headquarters of the Atlanta Public Schools. It was the last step to becoming a member of t… Read full post »
Friendship versus principle. Right versus wrong. Easy versus difficult. History stayed versus history made.
It seems to me that I have been making choices like these all of my life. The circumstances of my birth, more than anything else, caused most of them. And, of cour… Read full post »
How will I be remembered? How would I like to be remembered? Those are two entirely different questions.
During the course of my corporate career I was required to take a variety of training courses designed to determine my personality type, my management style, my personal values, my sel… Read full post »
A man wakes up in a hospital bed with a doctor standing over him.
Doc says "It's ok. You were in a horrible car accident on the highway. We fixed you up and you'll be fine but you lost your penis."
"However, through modern… Read full post »
If you tell your mother about our special times, it will hurt her feelings because she will be jealous. Your sister, too. You don't want that, right?
Even as I sit tapping these words onto my screen, I hear him delivering that warning in my mind's… Read full post »
On June 24, 1949, my fate was sealed. That was the day "Hopalong Cassidy" became the first television network Western series.
I was five months shy of my fifth birthday on that day, and my family -- grandmother, grandfather, mother and sister -- would move into our very own… Read full post »
My 86-year-old mother was complaining today about not being able to understand what young people are talking about. It reminded me of a piece I wrote early in my time here. Since I'm too lazy to write something new today, I'm reposting it.
So, basically, what hap… Read full post »
Talk about having safe sex! Apparently, humans are capable of treating themselves to the mother of all orgasms with no hands involved. None. Not his, not hers, not yours.
Sunday evening I was sleepless in Atlanta, an unusual event for me. It was undoubtedly due to the fact tha… Read full post »
I don't think I'm doing this retirement thing right.
Like so many other key events of a life -- becoming a "woman" when the menses starts, turning 16, getting drunk, or losing one's virginity -- it's just not going the way I had imagined it would.
I remember when I… Read full post »
As of next week, I will have been a member of Open Salon for six months. These are random observations I have made during my time here. I just kept a running list, writing them down as they occurred to me.
I never expected to learn as much as I… Read full post »
Open Salon blogger Mark R. Trost is a difficult man. He is difficult to know—mysterious and reticent, at least on this site. He is difficult to read for some, especially when he expounds upon his unshakeable Roman Catholic faith. He is difficult to like-- for many who love him… Read full post »
Do you remember the old Al Capp comic strip, Li'l Abner? There was a pitiful character whose very presence in a frame guaranteed something very bad was about to happen.
Well, just call me Joe Btfsplk.
Ever since I reached adulthood, I have been in close contact wit… Read full post »
AIM had the fabulous idea to dole out writing assignments to her fellow bloggers. Something about she hates the way some of us can appear to churn out post after post without breaking a sweat. Of course, my name was NOT on that list, so, silly me, I asked for an/… Read full post »
For reasons that weren't readily apparent, Lindsey Lohan's mom Dina decided to make herself available for a lengthy interview this morning on The Today Show. She should have kept her Barbie-doll derriere in her antacid-pink Barbie® Glam Vacation House!
It is impossible to be un… Read full post »
They chased us, we caught them and we got hitched. He thought he would live happily ever satisfied. She thought he would recognize her great intellect and make allowances for her need to self-actualize. Both those expectations were probably dispelled within the first&nbs… Read full post »
I wrote this series last April, very soon after I joined OS. Since it didn't get a lot of hits then, I thought it would be fun to repost it. Trust me, it is not sad, despite the scenario.
This is the first installment in a 3-part series. It is a… Read full post »
We were newlyweds in our early twenties. Brad was a busy teacher and boys' basketball coach in a Milwaukee Public School. I was employed in my first public relations job at A. O. Smith Corporation.
We were still in the playing-house stage of our marriage. After all, our first… Read full post »
Imagine dragging yourself into work one morning and finding your mug plastered on the front of the building... with somebody else's name on it!
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