Stories From A Life
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MY RECENT POSTS
- Friday, November 22, 1963
November 22, 2013 03:55PM
- Rosh Hashanah, Imagine Peace
September 04, 2013 02:16PM
- Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay
June 28, 2013 04:15PM
- Michael Douglas, Between the
June 03, 2013 08:04PM
- Liberace, Behind My Candelabra
May 23, 2013 02:59PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “The power of synergy,
February 24, 2014 01:22AM
- “What everybody else
said. Except you. I'm not half
February 15, 2014 01:57PM
- “All the "Amazing"
feelings and experiences you
February 14, 2014 02:21PM
- “Peace. I always wish you
peace. Impossible situations
January 02, 2014 01:06PM
- “Take it from one who
knows too well your friend's
this, no matter what
December 07, 2013 05:01PM
Sally Swift's Links
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- PERSONAL STUFF
"They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets." Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell
“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.” Jack Hunter… Read full post »
“As he grew more artificial, he grew more genuine.” Quentin Crisp.
I haven't seen Steven Soderbergh's HBO movie, "Behind the Candelabra," about Liberace, the Maestro of Kitsch and his young lover Scott Thorson. I haven't met Michael Douglas, who plays Liberace, or M… Read full post »
I never wanted to marry, which is odd because though I've sown my share of wild oats around the globe, I'm basically a monogamous homebody. Wherever I've lived, I've created a nest. And preferred only one man at a time to share it with me. But never quite
… Read full post »
A little over four years ago Senators Barack Obama and John McCain squared off in a series of presidential debates as historic as the debates between Vice President Nixon and Senator Kennedy a little over four decades ago. The Nixon-Kennedy debates were the first ever televised, in… Read full post »
"Bob's voice, with its weight, its unique gravely power, was redefining not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel. Today, everybody from Bruce Springsteen to U2 owes Bob a debt of gratitude. There is not a bigger giant i… Read full post »
Cover of Facebook page Hey, LACMA! Breastfeeding isn't shameful.
"I breast-fed all three of my children, because the milk is free." Michelle Singletary
I wouldn't touch the Time Magazine article on mothers breast feeding older kids with a ten foot pole. For me, it's a simple equation: Amuse… Read full post »
"Go out there...and
make smoke come from those gloves. You can make smoke, boy. Just
don't let up." Yank Durham, Joe Frazier's trainer (That
pep talk created the nickname 'Smokin'
Another legend has left us. Not a rock star or a corporate genius or a… Read full post »
I grew up in an ultra Liberal home. We were taught early and often the importance of equality and tolerance for all. No racial or religious slurs or jokes allowed, we were raised Enlightened, accepting of all creeds, cultures, beliefs. And to be what was called… Read full post »
It's been an amazing week. Historic. I'm proud of our president, our military, our country. Republicans in Congress and many of the media, especially the naysayers ... not so much.
If you're as fed up as I am with the overabundance of idiocy coming from pundit's mouths and the sheer… Read full post »
"It's important to tell
the people you love how much you love them while they can hear
you." Meredith Grey
Karen died. She's gone from my life forever. Those two simple sentences shock me, mock me. They make me cry. The pain is still so sharp it takes
… Read full post »
We're superstitious in my family. I bet you are too. Not the best trait to pass on to our children. We try to keep it casual, natural. Our goodbyes, for example, whether in person, on the phone, even text, always end with, "I love you." "I love you too."… Read full post »
"The minute I heard that there had been an accident at a nuclear facility, I knew we were in another dimension." PA Governor Richard Thornburgh
Japan has been pounded by two gigantic natural disasters. And now the country has entered another dimension as… Read full post »
Valentines's Day is dangerous. It spreads the disease chick-flick-itis. Which fosters expectations of The Grand Gesture. Candy. Flowers. Poetry. A candlelit dinner. Jewelry. A lover sweeping you off your feet.
All that pressure, somebody's gonna get hurt.
I know it all too well. O… Read full post »
An AOL offsite when I was still Honey.Yes, it's the Macarena. Shut up.
My very first online screen name was 'Honey.' Yep, just one word. My email address would have been email@example.com, but nobody used dot com emails in the early 1990's. Nobody used real names either, just screen names.… Read full post »
"If I had
sneezed, I wouldn't have had a chance...to try to tell America
about a dream that I had had." Martin Luther King, Jr
There's a sickness in this country. We keep getting hit with it, over and over. There's no vaccine, apparently no cure or true desire for one.… Read full post »
Is there an American anywhere who doesn't instantly recognize this scene as "post Thanksgiving dinner coma"? (Karen's, last year)
For as long as I can remember, our family's Thanksgivings have been either a curse or a blessing. Sometimes both. If you think about it, that's pretty much the/… Read full post »
HEISLER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
"I had other priorities in the 60's than military service." Dick Cheney
Veterans Day. The perfect time for Dick Cheney to nail patriotism to the outhouse wall. I got a fascinating email today that's additionally germane, what with former President… Read full post »
"Family faces are magic
mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past,
present, and future." Gail Lumet Buckley
Although I am creative by nature, I have no 'artistic' ability in any traditional form, not painting, sculpture, photography, clothes, jewelry. "Art" does not take s… Read full post »
I am now connected to the
Clinton Dynasty by three degrees of separation. Or is it two? I'm
not so good at math, but as an ad agency marketing whiz, I once
worked for and with Chelsea's new in-laws, Ed Mezvinsky and the
former Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky.
… Read full post »
"Life, as I had known it, was gone forever. I became someone else through all the emotional ups and downs and then to how do I spend the rest of my life."
"There is no salvation for those outside the Church.” Mel Gibson, Herald Sun, Australia
"The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Mel Gibson, to police during 2006 arrest
"You look like a fucking bitch in heat, and if you get raped by a pack
… Read full post »
My father and little me, in the brief before.
From every generation, fathers have come in all emotional sizes, well-meaning and mean-spirited, helpful and hopeless, decent and decayed, good and bad. They are all products of their own childhoods, good and bad. It's a mystery how some… Read full post »
"If you can't tell me what you want, I can't serve you. It's up to you. If you can't read, if you can't say the word cheese, how can I communicate with you - and why should I have to bend? I got a business… Read full post »
Advertising reflects popular culture, ideas, prejudices. It also helps define and validate them. The rules are still pretty much the same. Identify a fad or a need, position your product to support it. Then sell it with sex, greed, fear or loathing.
It apparently started in biblical times.
Debate assisted suicide all you want. Make your theoretical arguments, your moral and ethical objections, parse the symantics. Knock yourself out with self-righteous claims about right and wrong. Unless you've been there, god forbid, deep inside the pain and suffering and despair, you really don't… Read full post »