Unbreakable's Pearls of Wisdom...

...and Foolish Mutterings


Down the rabbit hole, Texas,
December 06





Okay, kiddies, listen up. It’s time to stop all this playground foolishness. Mean things were said, feelings were hurt, gauntlets were thrown and sides were chosen. And then, charges were leveled, apologies were made and the olive branch was snapped in two.

Now most… Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2011 12:42PM

Two Years on Open Salon

June 27, 2011 will mark my two-year anniversary here in the hallowed halls of Open Salon. (Well, if we had halls, they would surely be hallowed.) Being the self-proclaimed rebel that I am, I have decided to eschew tradition and publish my two-year anniversary post several days ahead of the… Read full post »

MAY 19, 2011 5:54PM

It's Been HOW Long?

Although I am loathe to admit this, my 35th high school reunion is rapidly approaching. Did you catch that number? My THIRTY-FIFTH. I know that’s hard for most of you to believe, given my youthful appearance (HEY! No snickering! This is my blog and I can say what I want to)/… Read full post »

I did not write the following article. Not to worry, I've given the proper credit to the author. And seriously, once you read this, you will understand that there is NO WAY in the world that I could pass on sharing this exquisitely insane TRUE story.  Enjoy. And then go to… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2011 3:32PM

I Wanna Talk about Me Me Me Me!

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As I watch the daily national and local news, there is a sense of barely-contained chaos; of the wheels slowly-but-surely coming off the vehicle that has carted us here and there for the last umpteen years, allowing us to view, review and make judgments on our own circumstances, as well as/…

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MARCH 22, 2011 9:50PM

Is It Over Yet - Part Two

Part One can be found here.  

When I was in the eighth grade, I was unbelievably shy. I blushed when anyone spoke to me and I had a devil of a time looking people in the eye. I tried to fly under the radar as much as possible. For reasons… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2011 2:12PM

Is It Over Yet?

I have always lived my life by the axiom That which doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. I believed it, and often blithely made that comment to others when they related their latest trials or tribulations. Certainly, I had lived through enough life experiences that felt to me as if/… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2011 5:40PM

Must... write... something...

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I am quite sick to death of logging in to OS, coming to my blog and seeing that wretched Geritol bottle planted there. It’s always the first thing my eye lands on and it’s been there so long, I want to scream. So, even though I have nothing… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2011 6:16PM

You Mean It Gets Better?



If there is one theme that threads its way through the fevered masses here on OS it is this: Life can be brutal.


Yes, indeed, life can be exceedingly brutal. Right off the top of my head, I could point you to more stories of tragedy… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2011 12:29AM

Into the Light

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Well, whadya know? I find myself in a most curious state. As I left my office today and stepped out into the crisp air, a thought ambushed me. I am content, I thought. Then, immediately on the heels of that thought,  Huh. I really am content. Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2011 12:08PM

The Better Angels of Our Nature

I’ve been reading, with great respect, the posts of many of my favorite people who responded to Ann’s Open Call about fatal flaws. What I expected to read was a bunch of funny, self-deprecating essays tackling the lighter side of our flawed natures. What I found instead, were tender, soul… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2011 5:08PM

Here a Kerfuffle, There a Kerfuffle

Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water…


I didn’t log in to OS at all on Saturday. When I finally dragged myself to an upright position sometime early Sunday afternoon and popped open my laptop, what to my wondering eyes should appear? No, not a… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2011 2:50PM

Tiny Wonder

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WARNING: The following is a completely self-serving and deeply personal post comprised of nothing more than gushing and ooohing-and-ahhhing about my newest grandson. Reading this post will serve no higher purpose, such as making you smarter, better-informed, or mentally stimulated. It… Read full post »
JANUARY 20, 2011 4:03PM

Learning From the Negatives

Okay. Here’s what I’ve been thinking. I’m pretty sure that how I got so “off track” was that I was so busy trying to figure out who I needed to be, I forgot who I am. Despite what I tell myself when I’m in the depths of depression and self-loathing/… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2011 11:47PM

We're Having a Baby!


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Let me apologize in advance for the rambling nature of this post. My thoughts are all over the place, so this will be, as well. First, I want to clarify that it IS NOT I who am having a baby. GOD, NO!! I am having another… Read full post »

The Golden Globe Awards got it right! Just watched Steve Buscemi accept his award for Best Actor in a television series, and I have to say there is no actor more deserving than Steve Buscemi. His portrayal of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the Prohibition-Era Atlantic City crime boss modeled after real-life… Read full post »

As I watched The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, it became apparent to me that I have not been paying enough attention for the last… oh, quite a while. Ellen’s first guest today was my favorite lust object, Vince Vaughn. ***Major sigh***


Vince was there to plug hisRead full post »

JANUARY 8, 2011 10:04PM

The Mystery of Grief

Grief is a sneaky thing.

On my way to a job interview two days ago, I was feeling particularly buoyed, having had the benefit of several almost back-to-back sessions with a new (and apparently very capable) therapist. As I drove, I reflected back on the conversations I’ve had withRead full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 10:18PM

Have You Seen My Missing Life?


It just goes to show you, it’s always something. I’ve never been one to ascribe to this line of thinking, but the tragedies falling like so many dominoes around me for the past six years have flipped a switch within me, turning me into the Roseanne RoseannadannaRead full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2010 5:33PM

The Only Way Out


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As we near the end of yet another year, so arrives the inevitable impulse to engage in reflection. We grade each passing year – assigning words like good, worst, best - asRead full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2010 11:38AM

The Wisdom of Writing

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In my last blog, I wrote of the difficulty I was having backing up my old posts due to the fact that I kept sidetracking myself by taking the time to read some of the older ones. In light of that, I'd… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2010 11:41AM

The Value of Open Salon

I finally finished backing up all my OS posts so I am now prepared for the sudden disappearance or the slow fading away of this forum that has been home to me for the last eighteen months. Maybe prepared is the wrong word. I am prepared in that I now don't… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2010 2:58PM

Did It Get Weird?

Is it just me or has it gotten seriously weird around here lately? Wait. Don't answer that. I already know it's not just me. It has gotten weird. Ever since the rumors got started about OS possibly going away (yes, I have my own opinion; you don't want to hear it),… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2010 6:26PM

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

I guess it's true that the only thing that remains constant is change. As everyone does, I hope that OS doesn't evaporate into the ether. There truly is no other site like it on the internet, and I would be very sad to lose it. But what makes it so unique… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2010 11:59AM

You Don't Get to Say That

There are some things that you just don't get to say to a friend or relative when she calls you with the news that her incarcerated son is being released much, much sooner than anyone ever thought possible. Here are just a few examples:

1. Oh, wow, I hope he's been… Read full post »