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MY RECENT POSTS
- Suicide From The Inside
August 12, 2014 02:59AM
- Friday, November 22, 1963
November 22, 2013 03:55PM
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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
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- “I'm so glad you keep
beating the drums with such
November 02, 2014 01:50AM
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make it! Just fate that the
fell on the weekend
October 04, 2014 11:27PM
- “Spot on and so well
done. Thank you.”
September 06, 2014 01:36AM
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this in every way. I can't
you're 70, but at
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anniversary of my biological
August 23, 2014 09:34PM
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"Two things reduce prejudice: education and laughter."
Dr. Laurence J. Peter
All the talk swirling around Obama and McCain "playing the race card" brought back a memory of my first brush with racism in my own family. It was ugly. But in the end, inspiring too.
I had two living… Read full post »
We have a great cat. She's almost 15 years old and slowed
down some, but she's still got her own Olympics going on.
She runs, jumps, leaps, rolls, loves to play. Especially in
the middle of the night, when this story takes place. (And why not?
She sleeps all day).
The Warm Up
My… Read full post »
Note: Post updated Thursday, August 7, 4:15 PM ET. Apologies
if some comments therefore seem out of context.
Eternal questions within online communities: How do you respond to comment attacks online? Does a response constitute enabling? If you ignore will the snark stop? Is it possi… Read full post »
One of the benefits of the Open Salon community is its dynamic interactivity. I'm not talking widgets. I mean an even greater technology marvel -- the human mind. Our posts inform, describe, inspire, provoke, touch, evoke, irritate, fascinate, entertain, share, educate. We often provide… Read full post »
This is the exact text of the letter I wrote to the airline that trashed the health and safety of my elderly, disabled parents last year. When I got no reply at the Customer Service level, I forwarded the letter to The Top. Reply came the next day. Personal names have… Read full post »
"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous
energy merely to be normal." Albert Camus
Did you ever play the game 20 Questions? There's a Survey Meme I thought we could use to play with each other (not that way) and with newcomers to Open Salon. Share a small glim… Read full post »
"There is something about the presence of a cat...that seems to take the bite out of being alone." Louis Camuti
That cat up there might well take a bite out of you if you're not careful. It's a local story here, but you might have seen it in the news where you live.… Read full post »
Evil (adjective) 1 a : morally reprehensible : SINFUL, WICKED (an evil impulse) b : arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct (a man of evil reputation) 2 a archaic : INFERIOR b : causing discomfort or repulsion : OFFENSIVE (an evil odor) c : DISAGREEABLE (woke late… Read full post »
"The point is that analytical designs are not to be decided on their convenience to the user or necessarily their readability or what psychologists or decorators think about them; rather, design architectures should be decided on how the architecture assists analytical… Read full post »
"A vacation is like love - anticipated with pleasure,
experienced with discomfort and remembered with
nostalgia." Anonymous (One out of
three for me).
Last December we went to a ritzy all-included resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. My husband's business had won the all-expenses paid trip… Read full post »
"Family jokes, through they often include cursing which startles strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive." Stella Benson
"How will the M.B.A.'s and the politicians respond to
what can only be termed a 'patient-driven revolution'? They will
have to cope. I suspect doctors will be thrilled." Dr. Peter
The Doctor Will See You for Exactly Seven Minutes - New York
Health care in this country is a… Read full post »
"Sex is as important as eating or drinking and we ought
to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint
or false modesty as the other." Marquis De Sade"
Take note: The Marquis De Sade may have been seriously twisted in many ways, but this quote/… Read full post »
I've always been one who plays well with others. Gets along,
goes along, more often leads but always with a subtle, gentle,
humorous touch. I'm the person everybody comes to for help, advice,
a shoulder to lean--or cry--on. I'm the nurturer, sister,
confidante, playmate, friend.
The vi/… Read full post »
Okay, this is old. Well, somewhat old. I am old. Well, somewhat old. Not that old. This is all in fun. And for too many women, it's all too true. Maybe if some of them see themselves and their men here, they will try a new path.
I see my… Read full post »
How can you not be sucked in? The movie opens with the pitiful sobs of a cruelly trapped woman. "Let me die! Let me die!" Which is exactly how I felt watching this horrendous film. It's a train wreck from which I couldn't look away. And it gave me nightmares/… Read full post »
Barack Obama wrote me an email last week. Signed, Barack. He addressed me personally, as Sally. Which is odd, since we never met. I didn't contribute to his campaign. Hmm. He must have Hillary's lists now. No matter, he wants to hear from me. Even though I'm "ordinary."/… Read full post »
Designator has inspired what could be another Open Call:
The Bush Presidency in
Photographs. Some great shots there.
I've compiled a few more to add to the portrait of the lamest president in modern history. And included captions. Feel free to submit your own.
Bob and Judy shortly before his crash
"Death ends a life, not a relationship." Robert
Our society is obsessed with pigeonholing people. Who are you? What do you do? Where do you live? Are you married or single? Do you have kids? Where'd you go to school? What's your/… Read full post »
JD started it. Barry threw down the first gauntlet. Then, OMG, Priddy added such artistry and grace. I'm known for my gams and having said so, what else can I do but submit my own entry?
The men are focused on the "cut" and the "pump up"… Read full post »
Note: I was out of the country dodging bombs and bulldozers when Salon published Pro-life pharmacies in which Catherine Price quoted a pro-life pharmacist's lawyer saying,"The United States was founded on the idea that people act on their conscience -- that they have a sense of r… Read full post »
"Ride, Sally, ride." Wilson Pickett
Ask me about cars and I can't focus on the present. I have to go back to my first, best car -- a 65 Mustang. Considering my name and my Boomer status, this cannot come as a surprise to anyone.
I loved that Mustang. Cobalt blue with… Read full post »
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's
courage." Anais Nin
They say life gives you only as much as you can handle. If that's true, my niece Karen is Mother Freakin Teresa.
It's hard to believe life's given her such heavy burdens. Not that she can't handle them. She's… Read full post »
"The concept is to get some frustrations off your chest,
maybe find out you share them with others. Then, you'll be able to
focus on the positive again." Blogger Leah
I need a break from serious issues. From the intellectual and emotional exhaustion of trying to interact with/… Read full post »
During my son's early childhood our summers were spent in a big rambling house at the Jersey shore. Right on the beach. Before man-made protective sand dunes obstructed the glorious ocean view. Before sports teams and camp and summer jobs and college took away the simplicity of warm… Read full post »