Putting Down The Dog

Putting to Rest Little White Dogs
NOVEMBER 26, 2014 12:36AM

Warsaw 1945/1978

These are pictures from a book called, Warsaw - 1945, Today and Tomorrow, by Stanislaw Jankowski and Adolf Ciborowski, Interpress Warszawa, 1978, in English.  It was brought to my mind by john guzlowski's post today, Landscape with Dead Horses, 1945.

Specifically, the words

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NOVEMBER 3, 2014 10:51PM

Help me here

 So my niece, from the far reaches of Bachmannstan, posted this on facebook the other day.


ok, it's a little funny but more stupid

 Then this exchange ensued:


The next obvious thing to say, of course, is, "So unfriend me, bitch," but do I look… Read full post »

AUGUST 29, 2014 6:09PM

Leashed kids! Oh noes!

My grandson wore a leash at the State Fair today. It was a good thing.

  Fair walking

 LOOK! It's even part of a curious george backpack

I've heard people criticizing leashes for children. My daughter-in-law admitted that she's judged. Until today.

I've never taken a stand, myself.  Doesn't… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2014 6:17PM





parents 40s palladium cropparents fifties back yard mom crop

                              In her mid-twenties                         In her mid-forties


For s… Read full post »
AUGUST 8, 2014 3:17PM

My Cat The QUEEN


The QUEEN 2012 10
Asserting herself up high.
Loves piles of paper.

Let me say up front that I am not a cat person. I don’t understand cats. I’m not sure why, other than that they seem perpetually grumpy, unable to smile or otherwise express anything even remotely resembling happines

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JUNE 22, 2014 7:26PM

A personal perspective on the VA

I'm not writing this from the standpoint of any great expertise, only some familiarity. I worked about three years at the Minneapolis VA, in low level research administration; it's a major institution in my world - I live near it and many of my friends and neighborsRead full post »

  In the past month or two I’ve both read the book and seen the film ofTwelve Years A Slave. I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone that it’s the movie of the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped from his upstateRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 2:38AM

Police behaving badly

MAY 27, 2013 2:00PM

My Dad, the Sailor

My dad joined the Navy when he was 15. His mother signed the papers swearing he was 16. It was 1943. He always said that's when the war turned in the Allies' favor.

Dad Navy Tijuana
He didn't actually serve in Tiajuana

 That was his only war story. Or… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2013 1:07PM

What I'd rather look at


 Since I've been coming back to OS, every time, the first thing I've seen has been the copy I posted of the revolutionary document.


 It bored me and reminded me how little I have to say and how much I don't feel like writing. Nothing as advanced… Read full post »

2012 July 4
Isabel Archer
I was going to just post the utterly adorable picture of my fifth granddog as a July 4 greeting when I switched the television to PBS for my annual tradition, A Capitol Fourth.  I try to catch the broadcast of/
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JUNE 26, 2012 1:17AM

Call me mean


video of the bus monitor removed-
it's all over youtube if you haven't seen it


 I may be  becoming something of a hard-ass on the bullying subject. By hard-ass I mean less sympathetic to the victims and more focused on personal responsibility.Read full post »
JUNE 2, 2012 1:19PM

Conehead Dog, Great Dog

 Some Saturday fluff, inspired by Kate O'hehir's adorable and amusing schandenfreude post.  It reminded me and I thought I'd share, Rex, a dog of great heart and little brain, loved by all who met him.

Poor Rex

 scars visible on his side from a failed pouch skin graft attemptRead full post »


A young boy called the police in the middle of the night, telling them his home had been invaded and his entire family killed.  The intruders were still in the house but he had hidden in the bathroom, so far avoiding detection. 

Imagine his mother's surprise… Read full post »

  lost dog 2

Over the past week my inherent tendencies to procrastination and immobility (traits shared by a large enough share of everyone I'm genetically related to that I am convinced it's inherent) got bumped into high gear - if it's even possible for slow to have a high gear - when… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2012 11:53PM

A modest solution

I can't believe I'm posting about the Octomom


Society-wide we are all agreed: the most importantfamily thing is to punish Nadya Suleman.  At the very least, her children must all be taken far, far away from her and she must never, ever so much  as see them again. Read full post »

APRIL 26, 2012 1:00PM

My avatar and me

One of the comments in my last post mentioned my avatar so I thought I'd show its origin.

 I'm on the left, of course, with my two sisters and Boy, my uncle's farm dog.  It looks like Jackie is about 2 which makes me 6 and Michele 7,… Read full post »

It was dark, cold and snowy and the supermarket parking lot was busy.  As I unlocked my car, a tall, bearded black man suddenly appeared from behind the next car and asked if I had jumper cables he could use.  I thought for a few seconds visualizingRead full post »

 Heidi Herron posts on OS from the political wars in Wisconsin, often using real-life stories of people who are affected by the political changes happening since the huge 2010 Tea Party victories there.  Recently she documented the efforts of one couple to get proper voter IDs as required bRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 1:03AM

Dad had His Own Secret

My father had a quiet secret. He never talked about it and I saw it only once, sideways.

His early life was difficult and without his father. His parents had separated when he was a baby and he only knew his father briefly. They attempted… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 12:10AM

The Worst Offense Ever by Anyone


or What John Wanamaker Knew


 My parents’ house is a 1911 bungalow with a steep roof and closets filling the space under the eaves along both sides of the second floor.  Sometime in high school, for some reason I don’t remember, I wasRead full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2011 10:35PM

Talkin bout some winter funk


Jovi Shorty Snow 12 11 10
I was shoveling.
They weren't suffering.
They tried to convince me they were.
Snow 2 3 11
Until today Jovi would only mount the snowmounds along the sidewalk where it's packed down hard from several thousand cycles of shoveling, piling, blowing, melting (it actually rained on… Read full post »
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DECEMBER 16, 2010 12:27AM

Another tubal ligation

There have been a few OS posts recently about the difficulties women have getting tubal ligation.  I’m astonished that women still have that problem almost 40 years after I did, that our society has made so little progress accepting that women can and should make their own decisions about… Read full post »