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MARCH 12, 2009 12:43PM

Lessons learned from being abused

 After reading Lea Lane’s post, The Abuser, it brought to mind a time in my past when I suffered at the hands of an abuser.  I am a living testimony that women can be eternally hopeful creatures, always seeing the best in others. 

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I guess I will start out with pics from the Georgia Aquarium which is located in downtown Atlanta and is within walking distance of the CNN center,  Centennial Olympic park and Philips Arena. It is the largest aquarium in the world:

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MARCH 6, 2009 10:31PM

The best kind of loving


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I didn't realize that there was an open call until after I posted one of my faves on Ariana's blog, so I will copy it here along with my other favorite poems that I've loved for years because each taught me lessons that I needed to learn during a particular time… Read full post »

It was a dark and stormy night.  Which was just as well, because then you couldn’t see the tears rolling down Janelle’s face as she sat in the car contemplating what her next move would be.  The mansion was dark and foreboding and she knew once she stepped inside she would… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2009 1:10PM

Obama sings "Never gonna give you up!"

Obama states his position clearly and apparently the McCain crowd backs him up!  ;-D



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Lenka is an Australian singer (formerly with the Aussie band "Decoder Ring") that I became acquainted with while watching the now defunct ABC show "Big Shots" starring Michael Vartan, Dylan McDermott and Nia Long.  Michael's character handed Nia a song to listen to that they were… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2009 8:57PM

The Travel Prague-nosticator, Part 4

The fourth and final installment in my Prague travel series will consist of random places that we visited during our stay there.  Thanks to all who came by faithfully, I really appreciate it!

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FEBRUARY 22, 2009 8:14PM

The Travel Prague-nosticator, Part 3

The third part of my Prague travel series will focus on an area of Prague called Vysherad.  We learned of the neighborhood after perusing some of the pamphlets in our hotel's reception area, we decided to visit Vysehrad in New Town (Nove Mesto) after reading about the legend of Princess LibuseRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2009 10:44PM

The Travel Prague-nosticator, Part 2

In the second part of my Prague travel series, I'd like to share pictures of our view from and on the Charles Bridge or Karlov Most.  It is one of the most popular sites in Prague and a must see for any tourist.  It crosses the Vltava River and connects twoRead full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2009 11:36AM

The Travel Prague-nosticator!, Part 1

We visited Prague in the Czech Republic in March of 2005. The dollar had begun to take a turn for the worst and since there was a relatively decent conversion rate with the Czech koruna (they hadn't yet begun to use Euros 'offically', but they would accept them), we decided… Read full post »

  Pink Mary Jane

She had already resolved to forgive him, but the universe had conspired against that probability.  It was the first time that she’d seen him so vulnerable, so repentant.  It was almost enough to make her forget how his hands probably touched her in the way that sheRead full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 8:02PM

"I quit this bitch"


    DJ "Arnetta the Mood Setta" quit on air (and for good reason if you ask me), but I am sorry, while it is a serious issue, her 'resignation' was colorful and funny as hell.  It was recorded a few years ago, so some of you may have heard it… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2009 2:37PM

My Own Private Vancouver

My daughter and I love to travel and since it’s cheaper for two to travel than one, we tend to be travel buddies and manage to do so without killing one another. ;-D  I had always been interested in visiting Vancouver, Canada because I’d always heard it was a/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2009 6:37PM

Love sent you here to me

Since today is Valentine's Day, I wanted to share a poem that I wrote for my daughter almost seven years ago.....but it is still as meaningful to me as it was then.


 Love sent you here to me


Carisa at eight years old

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FEBRUARY 10, 2009 4:42PM

Why I love the Dixie Chicks

I guess if I had to be totally honest it would be mostly because of their lead singer, Natalie Maines.  Natalie is one of those southern girls who don’t subscribe to the centuries old ‘shrinking violet/southern belle’ mythology that has been built around women born south of the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2009 9:32AM

Feliz Cumpleaños, Karen!!




You were one of the first people that I ‘friended’ when I arrived on the OS scene.  I was taken by your sense of justice and compassion and love of life in general.  Though you have been away for awhile, I still… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2009 2:25PM

The Noun Game

Ok, I had an idea for improving my descriptive skills.   I think one of my weaknesses as a novice writer is concocting an interesting description of a particular scene in a story.  I thought that we could play a game where we use a riddle to describe a person, place or… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2009 3:04PM

B. M. O. C.


September knew how to walk.  In fact, she’d become quite adept at that sort of thing for the better part… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 5, 2009 10:47AM

Etta James: "I can't stand Beyonce!"


 I was shocked to hear her go off on Beyonce at her concert in Seattle last week.  I can't explain the animosity, but she went further and went off on Obama too:



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Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 30, 2009 10:55AM

The Kentucky Derby and the Black Church


I was thinking about the fuss that was made over the hat that Aretha Franklin wore during the inaugural ceremonies and I was amused.  Anyone who has spent any m… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2009 11:27AM

A list of my top 10 pet peeves


Since we are on the list bandwagon on OS, I thought I’d share some of the things that bug me on a semi-regular basis.  Feel free to share your own list with the rest of us.  Trust me, you’ll feel better for it.  lol


JANUARY 26, 2009 4:30PM

The Siren Call of Mount Kilimanjaro

This is another fantasy piece that I wrote in November on my travel website, A View To A Thrill  and I wanted to share it here.  I imagined doing something that I presently do NOT have the guts to do....but my list of 27 is making me brave enough to contemplate… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2009 2:52PM

27 things I want to do before I die

I'm piggybacking Bradley and Fireeyes with my own list of 27.


  1. Learn to speak French fluently.  I am studying via pimsleur cds and even use the French Coach game for my
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