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SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 1:20AM

Positano - The Amalfi Coast

First Pix 


Though a crowded paradise it was.


Our driver took us to Salerno, which was about 1 1/2 hours from Calitri.  From Salerno we took a boat to Positano which was also another 1 1/2 hour gorgeous boat ride, stopping first in the town of Amalfi and then on… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 6:56PM

Arrivederci Roma

Rome was not the center of my attention.  It was almost an afterthought.  We had to catch our flight in Rome so I would see some sites, perhaps just driving through.  My cousin, however, who had previously been there suggested instead of spending one night that we spend two.  Cali… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 4:39AM

Ciao From Italia!




Our greeting the first day



Calitri, Avellino, Italia



I just wanted all my friends to know that I am having the


This is the first time I've had Internet Access.  Today we are in Positano but unfo… Read full post »

AUGUST 29, 2010 7:21PM

Sleepy Hollow OS Meet Up

Meetup Good Pix

Seated (l-R) dirndle skirt; Gerri Luce; Trilogy, Caitlin Kelly
Standing:      Gary Gladstone,  Cranky Cuss, designanator

What a great afternoon we had.  I know I said I would be least likely to post but turns out my friend won't be back til 8:00pm so I h… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2010 12:50AM

Forward Thinking




It was 1752 when Ben Franklin went out to fly his kite and not until 1879 when Edison invented the light bulb.  In between there were people with names such a s Volta (volt); Ampere; Ohm; Faraday; Joule;  and Tesla.  This isn’t a history lesson,/Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2010 3:05PM

OS Bookstore & Gallery - Update

 OS bookstore


  Fusun Atalay                                     Will Of My Own  

StevenRead full post »



We have settled on a time and place.  We're moving south from Peekskill to Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown - so we are hoping that a few more people might want to join us for an afternoon of, well, whatever OSer's do when they get together.  It will be fun though!  Y… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2010 6:57PM

Friday The 13th

black rose  


Friday the 13th 

How appropriate 

It just dawned on me that today would have been my 33rd Wedding Anniversary.  No, please, do not feel sorry for me.   I found that when I would tell people “I’m Divorced” the immediate response was… Read full post »



photo (c) Liz Corbett



Too many Open Calls to keep up with. 

My 3 Words:

Youth - Life - Truth


My Triolet:


I long for the innocence of youth

standing on the precipice of life

Believing it was I  who held the truth

I long for the innoce… Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2010 10:53PM

My 1st OS Anniversary

© 2010 Marlene Dunham



Today has been a year since my first post on Open Salon.  It was a post about my manic depressive father titled “ I Thought I Had A Normal Childhood”.  I thought that is what I came here to write about.  So/… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2010 1:19AM


Dandelion Seeds Greyscale
Seeds of the Dandelion

appear intertwined;

Tightly woven tendrils

weave and hold

in close bond;

Stretched fingers

offer anchor for each other,

though hesitant.

When the time is right

and the slightest wind blows,

seeds of the dandelion

         /… Read full post »
AUGUST 1, 2010 6:17PM

Getting Closer To Italy

It is now the first of August.  Down payment has been paid, yet we are not actually sure what that covers, beyond the apartment, meals and transportation, but we are excited to find out. 
Hotel reservation has  been made for two days and one night in my dream spot of Positano.… Read full post »
JULY 27, 2010 12:24AM

He Carries Her Purse


old couple

He carries her purse on his arm
as if it belonged there.

Just another parcel to be handled

with care; yet not a care

to the stranger's gaze.


He carries her purse on his arm

without awkwardness;

His comfort shows
he must have been caretaker,

for someRead full post »

The Sun   




Stinging heat

Scorching, searing, roasting

my arms and legs



A Cinquain is a five line poem


Bluish Moods Cinquain



Image Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO 

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JULY 20, 2010 11:25PM

Tiny Dancers

ballerina,jewelry,box, width=  


Childhood should be carefree.

The hardest decisions should be -
which tree to hide behind
So they won't find me!

Colors of chalk on the sidewalk. 
What to draw today?
Which frilly dress
from the old wooden trunk will I pick?
Which bobble of beads
from mom’s jewelry bi/
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JULY 17, 2010 7:08PM

A Genealogy Primer

Genealogy, I must say has a lot to do with luck and finding the right people who already have the information. 

This all started because I saw my grandfather’s birth certificate hanging in my mother’s den. 

CharlesFastiggi Birth Cert  

You have to start with “something”!!

ThaRead full post »

JULY 16, 2010 12:20AM

Vincenzo's Venture


Charles and Vincenzo 1896 

On the left, is my grandfather, Michaelangelo Fastiggi, with his father Vincenzo.  This picture was taken in 1896.  My grandfather was six years old and had just immigrated to the United States. 

I can only imagine what that trans-Atlantic voyage was like.  IRead full post »

JULY 12, 2010 12:26AM


Dreams of Heaven


I picture blue azure,

sparkling specks of shooting stars

across the water -





Sun warming, enveloping.

The sting of its intensity on

my chest, arms, tips of my toes.


I’m in heaven.


See the sails of the tiny shi… Read full post »


I had the most interesting “Travelocity” experience this afternoon.  I am trying to book a flight.  A few flights, in fact.  Seattle to Newark, then either Newark to Naples, JFK to Rome, Newark to Rome, JKF to Naples, I know, I am confusing even myself.  So, I b… Read full post »

(Mary T. Kelley told me this is a picture of her local Boulder Bookstore)


I’ll keep this list ongoing and resurrect it every so often to inform our new  members of the great talent here on OS.   PLEASERead full post »

(in no particular order) 


Cindy Ross –        Sonnet Smackdown Guilt


Cindy Ross -         Pieta


Ken Honeywell – A Sonnet For Cindy Ross


Ken Honeywell – Frank Indiana&Read full post »

JULY 3, 2010 4:53PM

An Ode To OS: A Sonnet Smackdown

                   This year of blogging changed my life at last.
                   I’ve made good friends and
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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 30, 2010 12:11AM

Pictures of America from New York


 Lady Liberty waiting for the Storm!

Subway guy 

New York City Subway


Ok, so it's been a few years since I've been in a Catholic Church!
Push Button???


These pictures were taken in September 2009 on my first trip back to my "hometown" of New York City in 34 ye… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2010 3:50PM

It's Complicated (Repost)



I loved this Movie.  And I don’t like movies like this. 
It’s complicated.
I don’t care for comedy, stupid stuff, or movies with Steve Martin.
Meryl Streep was the draw.
Actually, Meryl Strep turning 60 was the draw.
Actually, Meryl Streep turning 60Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2010 1:29PM

Losing My Religion

I was born to a Catholic woman married to a Jewish man.  Wasn’t that enough from the start to blur the lines of religion?  Neither of my parents had a penchant for their respective faiths.  Although my father in his early (manic) days did decide
to convert from Judaism to Catholic
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