Steve Blevins

Steve Blevins
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
November 05
Steve Blevins teaches medicine at the University of Oklahoma. He enjoys reading, music, and travel. He is interested in American and European history, French literature and culture, and music for piano and chamber ensemble.


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NOVEMBER 15, 2010 7:59AM

Oklahoma Rejects Sharia Law


There's no denying it: I love Rachel Maddow. Our affair began a year ago when I first gazed into her gorgeous brown eyes. I was captivated by her smile and smitten by her intelligence, her eloquence, and her wondrously incisive wit. She is a rat… Read full post »

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AUGUST 9, 2010 8:00AM

Gazing at the Future

Nothing brings me more joy than seeing Jerry Bryant in the clinic. Jerry has advanced Parkinson’s disease, but he never complains. He is fifty-eight years old and inseparable from his wife, Betty. They are irrepressibly cheerful; when one laughs, the other cheers. As teenagers, they fell in lov… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2010 7:30AM

The Eerie Allure of Anderson Cooper


My wife and I had an argument last week. It went something like this:

Me:   Hi, sweetie. I’m home. Happy birthday!

Susan:   (Watching television) Hi, honey. How was your day?

Me:   Fine. How was yours?

Susan:   Fine.

Me:  Read full post »

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JULY 26, 2010 8:00AM

My Exclusive Interview With BP's Tony Hayward



Last month, I sent an email to Tony Hayward, CEO of BP:

Dear Mr. Hayward,

I will be brief. My name is Steve Blevins and I write for Open Salon. Next week, I will be publishing a post about your role in the BP oil spill. I don’tRead full post »

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JULY 12, 2010 8:00AM

Why I'm Happy


I'm a happy person. I always have been, but I can't explain it. I'm not rich. I'm not famous. I'm not handsome.   

Last week, I had an experience at Walmart that shed light on the origins of my happiness. I went to buy some items for an upcoming… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2010 8:00AM

Mayhem on Mohonk Mountain


Many of you have inquired about the writer's retreat at Mohonk Mountain. Sadly, I was unable to attend, but I managed to obtain a transcript of the opening session, which I'm sharing with you today.   

OS Writer's Group

Mohonk Mountain House

Jun… Read full post »

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JUNE 30, 2010 8:00AM

How Changed My Life

For many years, I've had intermittent back pain caused by a herniated disc. But I'm lucky: While many people with bad backs suffer constantly, I have only two or three attacks each year, usually when I'm gardening or lifting heavy things.  

Last… Read full post »

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JUNE 21, 2010 8:00AM

I've Decided to Worship Satan

Last month, after six grueling months of work, I decided to go on vacation. I went to New Haven, Connecticut, for my 25th college reunion, and then to Manhattan for a week of fun. The trip was wonderful!

  New Haven 

New Haven, Connecticut 

 %IMAG… Read full post »


On March 3, 2010 -- a day that will live in infamy -- Shaggylocks issued an Open Call, asking each of us to conduct and publish an interview with another OSer. The result was astonishing. Not since the presidency of Calvin Coolidge has a req/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2010 7:45AM

A Beautiful Heart


Each weekday morning, I review my clinic schedule to see who will be visiting. With just a glance, I can predict the tenor of the day. Certain names evoke joy, others indifference, some dread. 

I still remember the first day of spring, some years ago, when my schedule augure… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 3, 2010 7:20AM

Super Bowl Preview


On Sunday, February 7, I will be live-blogging the Super Bowl. Although I'm not an expert in American football (cricket is my passion), I am conversant in the subject. Last night, I forwent a dalliance with Salome to immerse myself in the intricRead full post »

JANUARY 25, 2010 8:20AM

Massachusetts is for Pussies

       Scott Brown                                    &nb… Read full post »
JANUARY 11, 2010 8:15AM

My Real Identity

OS has been astir since Cartouche came out as O'Really. Now all OSers are divulging their true names, posting their true pictures, and identifying their alter egos. At first I was inclined to stay out of the fracas, but after some consideration, I've decided to come… Read full post »


One of the joys of practicing medicine is getting to know patients. In sixteen years of practice, I’ve met some extraordinary individuals. None have been more extraordinary than Father Paul Gallatin.  


Father Gallatin is a retired Catholic priest in Oklahoma City. He&rsq… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2009 8:45AM

Open Salon: Top 8 Kvetchers of 2009


Question: What do you like most about OS?  

No need to answer. I know what you're going to say:  The great writing. The spirit of community. Making new friends. 


You're here for the same reason I'm here: the bitching. No, I don't mean… Read full post »

 tomato the next person who puts up a colo(u)r post.

I love Cat. Her idea is brilliant! It elicited some marvelous poems, essays, and pictures. I've had a blast reading them. Plus, it's great to see so many writers participating in a wonderfully creative project. The first… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2009 8:15AM

Christmas and the Evil of


I used to enjoy Christmas.

Then one movie ruined it.


In December 2006, I was enjoying a holiday lunch with my friends at the research center. We were sitting around a beautifully decorated table covered with delicious items.&nb… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2009 8:10AM

A World No Less Sublime

Reflections on the events of winter 2007.

December is a good month to attend on the wards. Patients arrive with their respiratory ailments, and students discover unfamiliar lung sounds.  In thirteen years of teaching at the University of Oklahoma, I never complained about a December as… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2009 8:30AM

My Inglorious Debut as a Sexual Predator


When I joined Open Salon eight months ago, I read poetry and political commentary. Times have changed. OS is now saturated with sexual content. It's a shame. What began as a unique and intriguing online journal has turned into a prurient tab… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2009 8:00AM

Top 10 Ways to Die


10.  Colonoscopy gone awry


9.  Acupuncture gone awry


8. Face-lift (performed by Michael Jackson's surgeon) 


7.  Cocaine (in supratherapeutic doses)


6. Clorox intoxication


5. Cardiac arrest… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2009 1:30PM

Can You Spell These Words?

Yesterday, Cartouche pointed out that "restaurateur" was misspelled on the OS Cover. This morning I learned that my high school English teacher, Dr. Elizabeth van Hamersveld, died. This post is dedicated to the memory of Dr. van Hamersveld.  She taught me to lo… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2009 7:59AM

I Was Not Ass-Raped in Fort Lauderdale


First, let me apologize for being away from OS. I was on vacation in Fort Lauderdale – and what a splendid vacation it was! No electronic connections – just sun, sand, and surf! And now that I'm refreshed and back in Oklahoma City, I'm cat… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 8:20AM

In Search of a Cliché


I'm a sophisticated writer, so I avoid clichés like the plague. For all intents and purposes, clichés go hand-in-hand with a lazy mind. Fortunately, most are as plain as the nose on your face and therefore easy to avoid.


When I was in school, my teache… Read full post »


I'm a selfish bastard.

When I joined Open Salon six months ago, I found literary freedom. No one questioned my choice of topics. No one restricted my hours. No one limited my space. No one charged me a red cent for the expensive techno/… Read full post »


  Environmentalism is a daunting preoccupation:

  • Global warming threatens the planet
  • Pollution threatens our health
  • Dependance on foreign oil threatens our economy and our national security

So we recycle, plant trees, and use public transportation. But w… Read full post »