Sunnyvale, California, United States
February 05
I was born the same year Kennedy was assassinated. My parents got divorced during the Summer of Love ('67) I'm not a journalist, I'm just a dedicated Democratic Library Assistant with a lot of bottled-up rants. But I'll try to be amusing when possible. _________________________ My Late Friend Kim would agree with this: "Nobody should die because they can't afford Health Insurance. Nobody should go broke because they get sick." Teddy, Greg and Roger, I'm SO with you on this one. And also with everyone else displaying this. --------- "I wrestle like Jane Austen and write like Jesse 'The Body' Ventura." Justice must be done for Trayvon Martin.

JULY 4, 2012 5:18PM

Happy Fourth of July, OS!

Victorian Fourth of July
And a little John Phillip Sousa never hurts, on the Fourth of July.
So Happy Independence Day, Friends and readers!
JUNE 30, 2012 1:14PM

Monkey Business



Everyone at the Caboose knew Teddy’s weekend had gone badly the moment he came in on Tuesday for happy hour. He was a regular at the Caboose, but his appearance made everyone forget about watching the Dodgers vs Giants game to eye him. Some with concern, others with aRead full post »

Sundae Bar

(Slightly expurgated version.)

   Late one summer night when I was six, my mother and I returned home exhausted after hours at the Emergency Room, me with my broken left arm newly immobilized in a plaster cast from thumb to elbow. Once home, we then collapsed at the kitchen table… Read full post »

Nobody does it as well as Monty Python, still.
Spam--it makes you long for a Viking raid. Read full post »

Dear Walker Voters of Wisconsin,

    Well, what a mess. I doubt you’ll care, but I haven’t felt this bad since George W. Bush got his second presidential term. June 5th was the state-wide equivalent of a snoot-full. Or maybe a state-wide game of Russian Roulette when none oRead full post »

Green Plate

     I’m starting to hate these occasions, Cara thought, perched on the edge of the sagging sofa while poking her bamboo fork at the dense slice of Renée’s Ayurvedic brick of a 50th birthday cake. Certain restaurants would have served it as a vegetaRead full post »

MAY 26, 2012 2:15AM

Welcome to the Neighborhood

                Before the Show

Before the show: Photo Credit Mark Gottlieb

“Honey I’ve got a great idea!” my mother told me over the phone one evening in late March. “What if we had a show of all your litRead full post »

MAY 4, 2012 2:43PM

Listen Carefully




        “Listen carefully,” he said.  “This won’t be easy for you to hear. But Julie is still alive. She’s working as a Safeway checker over in Capitola.”Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2012 3:14PM

Late, Again



  Vince and Meredith were old close friends despite their chronological incompatibility. They  both enjoyed the same things, enjoyed restaurant dinners and a movie out, or a trip to a symphony  or the ballet or an art/Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2012 5:44PM

Fiction Weekend: Triple Crown

            Crab Head

This time, I decided to combine all three of the last Fiction Weekend Prompts all in ONE story. Read the results below.

               Dee Dee ParkerRead full post »

MARCH 18, 2012 1:18PM

An Open Letter to Rick Santorum

So, Rick…Yesterday I watched this Youtube clip of your televised interview with Piers Morgan:



    Then I had to watch it again, because I couldn’t believe what I heard you say in response to Piers Morgan’s hypothetical question about whether y… Read full post »

“Isn’t there anything you can find to like about Paly?” my mother used to ask of my fourteen year-old self in exasperation. “I remember loving High School!”           

       I might have likRead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 1:46PM

At The Bus Stop: Short Fiction

Bus Stop    

       Julie walked up to the sheltered bus stop, sweating from walking two miles even on this cool February afternoon. It was mid-afternoon and she didn’t know how long she had before Seth came home to find her gone. She’d lef/Read full post »

.The Good Cowgirl
The Ideal Republican Cowgirl
I daresay Foster Friess would agree with this image, and so, disturbingly, would a lot of Republican men.
     However, the sheer political high-handedness and small-minded idiocy of Foster Friess, Rick Santorum and Darrell Issa raise my leve… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 12, 2012 11:49PM

The Woman With the Titian Hair

           Giorgione Man With Arrow


Giorgione: Young Man With An Arrow 


     They entered the exhibit at the same time, but not together. Gary stepped aside to allow her to go first, earning him a quick, pleasant smile and a/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 2:11PM

Republican Anagrams


Newt Gingrich

        Newton Leroy Gingrich is someone for whom I feel a remarkable antipathy.  Not least because as Speaker of the House back in 1994, he modeled the sort of obnoxious partisan hostility that I believe has contributed directl/… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2012 4:47AM

Praise Song to Mozart


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


   "Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."       &nbs/Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2012 3:30PM

Coins and Yarrow: Short Fiction



Yarrow Stalks


       “Try something new, today”  Prentice read on the tiny slip of paper after he’d cracked open the fortune cookie that had been delivered with his lu/… Read full post »

 Victorian farmhouse


After our next-door neighbor, old Mr. Sullivan died, his urbanized adult children, none of whom were remotely interested in farming, sold the property, house and barn and acreage and all, pretty much as he’d left it.  All they took away with them from that gracious old/… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 2:34AM

Windows on my World

My Bedroom shot 
My Bedroom



This is more a view OF my bedroom than out of it. It’s my “After” shot when I had my apartment carpet replaced in July, 2010.  The bed used to be aligned with the opposite wall. You can see the bushes and the far apartment/… Read full post »

JANUARY 7, 2012 4:42PM

Leap of Faith


Mauna Kea  


The first day of the New Year was cold and rainy. At least it was at home, according to the weather app on Rich’s iPad.   I could imagine how dreary my town in the Sierra foothills would look early on a raw, rainy January morning. Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2011 8:50PM

It's New Year's Eve.....1926!

It’s New Year’s Eve…..



New Year Invitation



      I hope you’ve all received your invitations. If not, show this invitation at the Speakeasy door and you’ll be admitted by the door man. Yes,  tonight we’re going to mess/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2011 2:53PM

I Saw Three Ships...

Sushi Boat Nativity 

I saw Three Ships Come Sailing in,

On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,

I saw Three Ships Come Sailing in,

On Christmas Day in the Morning!

Alysa gave me the challenge of doing something with those cute little boats that float plates of Sushi to customers at certain Sushi… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2011 1:41PM

Regrettable Christmas Cards


 Evidently Arizona has been envying Florida’s “Craziest State” designation and has decided to give it a run for its money with "Christmas" cards issued by a gun club in Flagstaff.  I couldn't resist adding my own captions.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas or Else

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7 Things  I’m Surprised I Like


1. Christmas Shopping.  Going to a shopping mall on the Saturday of the week before Christmas, struggling to find parking, having to park in a far corner of the lot and schlep your packages around, wondering what the he… Read full post »