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JANUARY 10, 2011 12:18AM

Tales Of A Sales - Man

He could sell ice to an Eskimo, my dad

selling ice to esksimos  


It was fortunate, then, that he was a salesman.

A “peddler” he liked to call himself.  His first sales job was Bible salesman.  Interesting because Dad was a Jew.  Well, he had converted to Catholicism for a/… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 10:26PM

The (Un)Forgotten: Willowbrook

Photo Credit

This is Part 3 in a series about my brother, Warren, who spent 23 years at Willowbrook State School on Staten Island, NY

The (Un)Forgotten – Part 1
The (Un)Forgotten – Part 2  

In researching for this story, I asked my mother what she remembered ofRead full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2010 8:43PM

To My OS Friends...You are Real to Me!

Fireworks 3 Good(Photo © 2010 Marlene Dunham)


I want to wish my OS friends

a merry, a happy, well, it depends,

on what you celebrate

this time of year;

nevertheless, I hold you dear

to  my heart and I thank

each last virtual friend
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DECEMBER 25, 2010 11:49PM




I tripped over

the eggshells



I’m supposed to tiptoe

but sometimes

they are scattered

where I don’t see them.

or I didn’t think it mattered;

or they just appear

where a moment before

they did not exist –

so the path that least resists-… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2010 10:19PM

Festivus For the Restivus!



Please note: 
By accepting these greetings, you are accepting the aforementioned terms as stated.  


Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit,
my best wishes for an environmentally conscious,
socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive,
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Hammering Man sml
© 2010 Marlene Dunham

Hammering Man

“Hammering Man” is a 48 foot tall sculpture in front of the Seattle Art Museum installed in 1992.  It represents the “working man”.  Interestingly, the only “day of rest” he gets is Labor Day.  Hammering… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2010 4:21PM

OS Crafter of the Week: Sparking

In honor of my dear friend Sparking and the recent launch of her & hubby's Jewlery line, I would like to highlight it here. 


 HopScotch Jewlery

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DECEMBER 2, 2010 10:24PM

OS Bookstore Updated December 2010




Fusun Atalay                                   Will Of My Own  

StevenRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 27, 2010 11:54PM

My (Un) Forgotten Brother Pt 2

The (Un)Forgotten – Part 1 

The semi-annual reports from The Dept of Disability Service Office (DDSO) all start the same. 

Cut and pasted. 

“Warren is a handsome gentleman with dark hair and eyes and a smile that can light up a room.  Warren’s smile is contaRead full post »




      Start Shopping At 3:00 AM ? (At Kohl’s you can)


What in the world could be so damn important or so damn cheap that it would get me out of bed at 2:30 in the morning the day after Thanksgiving?


Are we as consumers so… Read full post »



Dressed in white,

veil flowing down.

Flowers, daisy-like

or was it dandelion?


Our friends gathered round

below staircase grand

we descended, slowly,

hand in hand.


It was a warm  afternoon

the day of my first kiss

from a boy in grey suit

though your name I somehow missed… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2010 1:11AM

Little Kates Open Call: Children


We all are
someone's child.
collections of carbon.

Living , breathing ;
Ambiguous beings.
Whose purpose
will be revealed -

Creations of god,
or man?
Or mystical,

Perhaps planned;
Culled from
a previous existence?
To return and complete
the complex

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 14, 2010 11:34PM

The (Un)forgotten

His name is Warren and he is what they call “Profoundly Retarded”, which I am sure these days is no longer politically correct, but, that is what he is.

Warren is my brother.  Five years my junior.I wanted to honor my brother as his 55th Birthday just passed, and to beRead full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 5:40PM

Arco Balleno: A Villanelle


Arco Balleno 
Photo © Marlene Dunham

"Arco Balleno" means Rainbow in Italian.  And this picture was taken in Italy on the day I arrived.  I took it as a "sign" and am getting a bit obssessed with it.  I hope you enjoy my Villanelle.



It hints, with brillia… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2010 5:01PM


Photo © 2010 Trilogy



Do you have to get to the bottom of everything?
Shouldn’t some things remain a mystery?
Buried deep beneath the recesses of, say, Detroit! 

I seem to be in the “therapy” stage of life.
You know that stage, right after,/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2010 10:16PM

Accidental Writer




I am a Writer
of the file cabinet ilk.
Scraps and post-its
over the top of that
drab-green cardboard
and leave         
me in a quandary.

Am I a writer?
or a hoarder
oRead full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2010 6:00PM

OS Pirate Wimmin Rule

2 sailboats

 Well, it may not be a big 'ole Pirate Ship but it's mine.  The picture, that is (I took it in Italy) not the ship!

 Here's a Repost of a "Sea Chanty" which seems appropriate for the occasion.

A Sea Chanty
(for Great White Whale)


The mighty wooden ship… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2010 8:48PM

Ectoplasmic Poetry



Ectoplasmic ooze
in ghostly formations
wax and wane
shivering the spine
of onlookers
in the room. 

Incantations soothe
the gaseous threads
weaving the air
above us
intertwining the loom
on the ceilings’ surface. 

Wary unbRead full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2010 7:46PM


 Death Becomes her

Public Domain Photo:  NASA
Titled, "Death Becomes Her"






I try but fail

to imagine how it would feel

if I were, say,

a butterfly,

not the human kind

of soul

or the mind of that

sister, father, daughter


that could not connect

withRead full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2010 4:55PM

Calitri's Madonna

Madonna Alone

This is the statue of the Madonna, which resides in the Church of the Immacolata Concezione.

Chruch cross w sky

Every year, on September 8th, which is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Madonna is paraded through the streets of Calitri.

I was not so interested in this aspect of my t… Read full post »

Ok, so I took a damn walk in my neighborhood!


Seems like the only way you can get an EP around here.  I post pictures of Rome, of the Amalfi Coast and designanator gets EP’s for “Beautiful Downtown Kent, Ct. on a SaturdayAfternoon and Junkyards in Autumn.


Don’t get… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2010 11:41PM

Windows & Doors

Window thru Fence Castello

A window to the soul
the eyes are said to hold
the key.
Inside looking out
or outside
looking in?

A window gives no entry only

showcases what is placed

just so.

Strategically, for us to see;

hiding the rest,

the worst, the best.



Vatican Tower thru Window


It lets in airRead full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2010 9:31PM

Luigi & The "Cugini"



Before my arrival in Calitri I received an email from Luigi, an amateur genealogist who happens to live there and has is own website

which shares historical records of the town starting in 1707.  Maybe Luigi isn’t so amateur after all.  He to/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2010 9:27PM

On the Inside Looking Out


I have dreamt of going to Calitri, the birthplace of my grandfather and great grandparents, ever since I noticed the birth certificate hanging on the wall in my mother’s den.   I have written about it here in a piece called “Genealogy Primer”  It was 1997 whenRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 12:46AM

Borgo Castello

Castello Large      


The History of Calitri and its Castle


Calitri has a very long history, so I will try and keep it short.  There is a very large book entitled “Storia di Calitri” by Vito Accocella, which I own, but which is in Italian, which I d/… Read full post »