December 16
I'm sure details will emerge as I write, but how does one encapsulate one's life in words? I consider myself a Michigan native, now misplaced in the southern MidWest. Friends and family have called me a story teller, which is possible. To anyone who reads my work, though, I offer this caution from Isabel Allende, as she describes herself: “If you ask me to tell you my life, I will try; but it will probably be a bag of lies, because I am inventing myself all the time. And at the same time, I am inventing fiction, and through this fiction, I am revealing myself.” Cast of Characters: The Raven = My Wife. To be clear, I'm also her wife. The Giant = Our Son. I haven't legally adopted him (though I would have), but after so many years, he knows I am his parent, AKA Tia.


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SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 2:58AM

The Challenge of Sirenita Lake (a Eulogy)

Today, September 21, 2013, marks the Memorial Service for Cris Gutierrez, known on Open Salon as Sirenita Lake.

I live in the Midwest United States.  I cannot be at her memorial in California, except in spirit.  But what a spirit she is.

I use "is," rather than "was," very deliberately.&nbs… Read full post »

To:  Alan Chambers, President (Emeritus?) of Exodus International 

RE:  Your Apology of 19 June 2013 to the GLBTQ Community

Dear Mr. Chambers,

When I read the headlines regarding your very public apology to the GLBTQ community, I initially took it as more proof of g… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 7:18PM

Life's Work

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

~I Corinthians 13:11 

The quote has been ghosting me, whispering in my subconscious as the past is wont/… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2011 8:17PM

My Gay Pride

What I haven't written about is pride. 

Specifically, I haven't written about "gay pride." 

Last week, I read a post by Constant Calliope, I'm Not All That Proud, Really, and although I saw her point, it bummed me out.

This week, I read some stuff that made me smile… Read full post »

The morning breeze trickled in through my window, lake-scented.  Drowsing beneath the cool worn sheet, a light waft of bleach and sunlight tickled my nostrils.  I dozed with one ear open, stretching to savor every sense . . . 10 years old, a rare summer morning, undisturbed.   I i/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 7:58PM

Owl's 12 Things, 3 Open Calls, 1 Post

And so, after more than a month of not posting anything, without further ado, I shall attempt to list 12 "Random" Things which span 3 Open Calls, all within 1 Post:

12.  Depending on the specific Myers-Briggs based testing mechanism used, I score as INTP, INFP, or INTJ . . ./… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2010 7:45PM

Spiders. Web.

It’s a web like a spider’s web
Made of silk and light and shadow
Spun by the moon in my room at night.

It’s a web meant to catch a dream
Hold it tight ‘til I awaken
As if to say, dreamin’s all right*

"No, Owl, you're not done yet."

"But Moooom . . . IRead full post »


Dear Straight Folks Who Support Equal Rights for GLBTQIA Folks,


I want to thank you for your responses to the Safe_Bet Project.  It’s not like I’m surprised, really . . . OS attracts some fine, fine people.  My family has gone through some serious ups and downs ove/… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2010 11:52AM

(Almost) Left Behind

The morning breeze trickled in through my window, lake-scented.  Drowsing beneath the cool worn sheet, a light waft of bleach and sunlight tickled my nostrils.  I dozed with one ear open, stretching to savor every sense . . . 10 years old, a rare summer morning, undisturbed.   I i/… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2010 3:18PM

Owl Goes to School - A Repost

I just realized that I've been on OS almost a year.  This is a re-post from March 30, 2009.  It sort of fit scanner's open call, so I thought I'd recycle . . . I linked a couple of things that were in context for what I was writing about at the timeRead full post »

You may have seen the post by Algis Kemezys called Fortune Telling with your ART.   It sounds simple enough:  use each of the following in a spontaneous drawing - circle, square, triangle, the letter "S".  In the drawing, use one of those twice.

After seeing what he'd said in resp… Read full post »

Dear Owl,


I trust you to be open-minded enough to take this letter for what it’s worth, a bit of foreknowledge from your future self.  It’s one of the things I like about you, frankly – your willingness to listen and learn.  For what it’s worth, I don’t t/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 8:00PM

I Awaken to Red Sky

Red Sky In Morning Sailors Take Warning  


I awaken to red sky

Quills protruding through my skin

Nerves taut as bow strings


“Bring it, motherfucker!”

Shaking an impotent fist at the sky

Snow shrugs from the heavens


The words do not escape

The clench of my jaw

Quiets the savage lies


It p… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2010 12:58PM

Safe_Bet, We Hardly Knew Ye

Nothing to say. Just a bunch of big assed uber hugs.
. . . *Muah*
- Safe_Bet, 01/30/2010 

Rose of Many Colors 


Dear Safe_Bet,

You tried to warn us, with your eulogies and what not . . .  but I didn't really get it, or perhaps I/… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 29, 2009 11:26PM

It All Adds Up

It's been a long, strange day.  So far, it's been an interesting life.

Mom's text message read:

"Sad news via Sandy B.: Donald passed away last nite. funeral is Thurs. 11 am @ the A.G.  He beat Gram to the Pearly Gates!"

How odd, I thought, to receive such news via/…

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DECEMBER 23, 2009 8:29PM

Colour? ROY G BIV . . . Spectrum


fresh fallen snow

egg shells

kitten paw pads

subtle lipstick

salmon flesh

sailor's delight

wheel barrow

fire engine

traffic cones

dancing flames

tangerine slice

chunk pineapple

daffodil blossom

caution light

spring willow leaves

fruit cocktail grapes

faded girl scout sash

deep forest fern

d… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2009 1:06AM

Gotta Start Somewhere - Mike Rowe on QVC

If you're a fan of Mike Rowe, the guy on Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel), and if you need a good laugh, AND if you've got a few minutes . . .

Mike Rowe started out on QVC.  Clearly, a little too smart for the job, though, as you'll see .… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2009 8:19PM

Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

Dark clouds brooded above us as we waited for the bus, squeezing into the little porch of the Methodist church to avoid a strangely slashing wind punctuated with random spittle from the sky.  The walk had only been one block, but each gust smacked the hood of my raincoat with whatever/Read full post »

To all the little children: - The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones - Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones. 

~James Whitcomb Riley

“The ice-house and the bees!”

&ld… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2009 6:46PM

An Attitude of Gratitude



To say I’ve had a fucked up summer seems a bit of an understatement.  If I were writing fiction, an editor would redline the sequence of events as over the top.  Here’s the rundown: 


Raven lost her job – well, walked out over some injustice and s… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2009 10:20PM

Owl's Prayer: September 12, 2001



Prayer Flag for America, 09/12/2001  



I had something else in mind to write about today.  


It is September 12, 2009.


Darcy Shaw on OS wrote "The ultimate astroturf project known as the 9/12 March on Washington will encompass all aspects of what's left of the Rep/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 8:39PM

The Sky Was Silent



“I need to talk to Catherine.”


I didn’t recognize the voice at first, but quickly realized that it must be Sandy, Catherine’s sister.  The catch in her voice meant something was going down.


“Sandy?  Give me a minute.  I think she/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 1:49PM

What I Thought I Knew

"Owl, I never know what you're really thinking - you choose your words so carefully that don't feel like . . . I don't feel like I can trust what you say," Raven said.

I wasn't sure how to respond to that, which was just as well, since she continued.

"I… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2009 11:08PM


Tiny House - I'll take it.


(Rule) Sweet (Page).

There's no place like (Run).

(Plate) is where the heart is.

Keep the (work) fires burning.
Bring (the chickens come
(nothing to write
(drive the point) about)
to roost)
the bacon.

You can never go (until the cows come) again.

Be it ever so humble, there's… Read full post »

Since I was about 13 or 14, I have been taken with Nicaragua, the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, dreaming often of visiting, and perhaps making a difference in that world, so different from ours in the US.  And it has been my privilege to visit twice - once/… Read full post »