Putting Down The Dog

Putting to Rest Little White Dogs
FEBRUARY 23, 2015 7:07PM

Mall of America

When my #1's friends in middle or Jr High school started going to the mall, eventually she was excited to be invited along. She hadn't ever gone without parents, had been hearing the gossip, couldn't wait. Came home all grumpy asking WTF? In her own words, of course. They walked around… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 11:48PM

My #1

I came across this letter recently. It was written by my older daugter when she was 10 and angry that I could not prevent her younger sister from invading her room at will . 



Lexas letter 2


 Dear Mrs. H___,

I have decided to leave the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2015 4:03PM

just for amazingness and fun

 totally worth 4-1/2 minutes of your life

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JANUARY 12, 2015 11:22PM

I do not have to respect your religion

 More than that, I do not have to follow the rules of your religion.

No government I will live under and no social pressure can force me to observe your religion or anyone's. I also don't have to like or respect any given culture and I am free to say… Read full post »

In the car today I caught a brief bit of an interview with a novelist. Of course, I didn't catch his name or the name of any of his books. I think he writes mysteries.

The talk in this bit was about race and the current and past civil rights movements.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2014 6:31PM

Rather than light another candle

because is that something this girl should be doing?
nerd cred age 7
First Holy Communion
 The Avatar
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DECEMBER 17, 2014 12:08AM

Hanukkah Sameach

menorah 1
Just under the wire - it's 11:07 where I am.
Almost forgot.
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DECEMBER 15, 2014 7:06PM

Is This Racist?

My disabled sister works in a sheltered workshop kind of place. Her direct supervisor and her case manager are both black and I adore one and like the other. I know the case manager best, work regularly with her because she  very much likes my sister who needs a lot of… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 12, 2014 12:13AM

class/race - the venn diagram, revised


  class race


In the interest of Occam &/or KISS*, this is my second version which includes all other isms and, again, is not to scale. The viewer may feel free to provide scale as applies to your own thinking because I just can't see scale as a big… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 11:46PM

Did Eric Garner's size matter?

Maybe because I'm the shortest person in a tall family I'm sensitive to height. Maybe that's why I couldn't help noticing in all the pictures, in some particularly, how short the cops were compared to Eric Garner.


Did "short man syndrome" or the Napoleon complex mix up… Read full post »

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 »