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APRIL 11, 2010 3:47PM

Pedophiles Are Forever



 I remember it like it was yesterday. I was eight years old. We lived in the very first unit of a row of duplexes in Amarillo, Texas. A little girl who was the same age as me, and happened to have the same fascination with playing Barbies, lived in… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2010 9:45PM

The Fruit War



Okay, enough of this apples and oranges schtick. Holy Mother of God, can't a woman of a certain age write a post about what she likes about men of a certain age without starting a freakin' war over it. Here:

DUANE: I retract my statement that my postRead full post »

APRIL 8, 2010 8:49AM

Men of a Certain Age

Tommy Lee Jones

 One of my contemporaries on OS recently wrote a post detailing what he loves about “women of a certain age.” It was interesting, to say the least, and I don’t doubt that he put a lot of thought into it. He’s known to do that. BUT./… Read full post »

APRIL 6, 2010 7:05PM

Promise Me, Friend

AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh characters

Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

We all need a friend like Christopher Robin; someone who believes in u… Read full post »

APRIL 3, 2010 10:35PM

Back at the Helm

Life does have a way of getting on with it, does it not? I am going back to work on Monday. I've been "semi-retired" since 2006, although the retired part never seemed to kick in. I was the self-appointed driving force behind the remodel/rehab of two foreclosures… Read full post »


I certainly hope this list doesn't get too long, because I don't want to come across as curmudgeonly. Can a woman be curmudgeonly or is that lovely phrase reserved for men only? I digress.

1. Newscasters who think it's cute… Read full post »

For those of you who have been faithfully reading the posted chapters of my novel - Seed of the Black Widow: A Mo and Maggie Mystery - the entire novel is now available as an e-book through Lulu. com for $5.00. If interested, click on the link to the left of… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2010 9:30AM

Depression: The Silent Killer

Dear World,


I’m welcoming myself back to the land of the living with a celebratory email to you. Yes, yes, you heard that right. I’ve been among the nearly dead, not physically, but certainly emotionally and probably mentally, as well. I know this will comeRead full post »

MARCH 28, 2010 2:04PM



Can I bear to remember

And if I do, will I be moved to act

Will the remembering become

My capitulation, my ultimate surrender

Does looking back mean never moving forward






As the plane taxied to the gate, Mo tried, unsuccessfully, to undo the damage done to her hairstyle when she had fallen asleep,  her head lolling to the side, smashing her hair flat against the window. She rummaged in her purse until she found a/Read full post »




Sitting on the airplane bound for Midland/Odessa, Mo did her best to stay composed. She replayed her conversation with Carla repeatedly in her head. She had known the minute Carla told her to sit down that Newell was dead. There was something about the tone/Read full post »

**Yesterday I published a random chapter from my novel as a tease to see if there was any interest in it. There was some, so my overblown ego has convinced me to go forward with my original plan to post a chapter every 4-5 days. Depending on the response, I'll beginRead full post »

MARCH 21, 2010 10:46AM

Seed of the Black Widow - an excerpt


Maggie convinced Mo to drive the rental to Mackey. The bright red Mustang was a bit too memorable should anyone see it at Ewell’s house. They were almost to Mackey and Mo couldn’t hold it any longer. “You watch LawRead full post »

MARCH 20, 2010 3:47PM

I Thought We Were Here to Write


For weeks now, I've read post after post about the "decline of OS," how it once was a writer's site and now it isn't, one venomous post after another. This posting frenzy (and subsequent personal attacks on bloggers, both experienced and inexperienced) has been quickly… Read full post »

If you have eyes that can read fine print; in other words, if you are under forty, you might be able to read my very first ever published short story  (emphasis on short) below. Sunny Sam was published in the August, 1968 issue of the now-defunct children's magazine, Golden Magazine for… Read full post »

There is a blogger whose banner tag line reads: searching for peace.  I read a post by her a few days ago that moved me so deeply, I am still haunted by it today. This particular piece, Fear of Asking, by Lady Dove, is one you should read, if you haven't… Read full post »

MARCH 9, 2010 7:07AM

To Rail Against the Madness

My most recent post was a piece entitled I've Got a New Attitude. I wrote about the virtues of adopting a "happy" attitude, and while most commenters were supportive, I was taken to task in a couple of PMs and I've noticed a few anti-be-happy posts popping up here and there.… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2010 2:32PM

I've Got a New Attitude

I have decided that I agree with Clark Griswald. With apologies to the writers of National Lampoon's Vacation for the minor wording changes, allow me to present my new creed:
I think we're all fucked in the head.
We're ten hours from the fuckin' fun park and youRead full post »
FEBRUARY 27, 2010 10:47PM

Dear Lost Girl

  Sara McLaughlin - In The Arms Of The Angel .mp3    Found at bee mp3 search engine

Dear Lost Girl,

Seventeen. So close to freedom, you can almost taste it. You’re a survivor. You always will be. At seventeen, you still haveRead full post »

  I don't think it should come as any big surprise to anyone who has been here on OS for any appreciable length of time that the inmates are undeniably NOT running the asylum. As Scanner pointed out this morning in his perfectly justified rant which was aptly titled,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 5:11PM

The Art of Fiction on OS


 For the last several months, I've posted a Fiction Friday guide with an eye toward increasing the readership of some very writers here on OS. Nick Carraway and Femme Forte took over the reigns on a couple of occasions when I was otherwise engaged and both did a superb job… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 6:12PM

Angry Mob Mentality - The New Norm

 Does our entire culture need a course in anger management? Have we become so addicted to anger that it is the only emotion we feel? From the vast array of feelings at our disposal, it would appear that the needle of our collective emotional barometer… Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 18, 2010 1:55PM

Joe Stack was Mad as Hell

It started at 9 AM when Austin firefighters responded to a house fire North of Austin. A neighbor reportedly rescued two people from the house, one of them a child. Approximately forty-five minutes later, Joe Stack flew his small single engine plane into one of a group of professional buildings--the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2010 1:43PM


First things first. A HUGE thank you to the always lovely and gracious femme forte for picking up the ball and running with it last week. Her edition of Fiction Friday Finds was wonderful. Thank you, my friend!
 Dr. Sp… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 7, 2010 2:48AM

Sugar in My Soul