Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
March 26
Single mom. Master's degree in Social Work. Activist, feminist, proud liberal, environmentalist, organizer and advocate for the least among us.


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NOVEMBER 18, 2010 7:49PM

This Feeling

This feeling comes over me without warning and I can’t explain to myself what it is. I try to sort through it and pick an event or thought that could have made it happen. I never can. It’s like fear, anxiety and guilt all wrapped up in a sticky, snarling, mocking… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2010 1:03AM

The Angels Amongst Us

I know an angel. I think he may be an odd angel because he does really amazing things for people and then sometimes he doesn’t come through on time. Perhaps that is part of his disguise. It’s hard to discern because I don’t have access to the angel handbook. You know… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2010 4:05AM

Why is Life So Dammed Hard?

I hate to complain so much, but I really am starting to wonder WTF? I am a good person. I try very hard to be kind and caring to others. I am the person who waves you through the four way stop. I am the person that picks up other people’s roadRead full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 6:10PM

Death Came Knocking Today

I awoke to the sound of my phone ringing. The caller did not beat around the bush, “Rodney’s dead. His girlfriend found him on the living room floor about 7:30 this morning. They don’t know how he died the coroner is going to determine the cause of death”. I see himRead full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2010 4:27PM

Happiness and Bliss (All Bullshit)

This is my response to a friend who teased me about my previous post which was very dark and probably disturbing to some. I hope this makes him feel more comfortable. BTW he’s an idiot:)




I am so flipping happy every day that I am wondering if I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2010 10:59PM

Depression and Sweet Relief



 Two Faced



I suffer from clinical depression and have for 20 years. I have to take medication to stay alive. The medication keeps me from killing myself, but doesn’t completely relieve my symptoms. I have been on many different meds and they are all the same. They… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2010 4:22PM

Today I Write

I write of melancholy and questions that have yet to be formulated. I write of losses and dreams, weary eyes that have seen to too much and aching ears that have heard too much. I write of a sense of impending heartache and loss. Lost in these thoughts of confusion andRead full post »

JULY 26, 2009 2:19PM

Dear Professor Henry Lewis Gates,

You don’t have to be black to be harassed by the police. It happens all the time to people of all races.  I am a white female. The following is my story that changed my view of the police forever.  I am now terrified of them and would never questionRead full post »





W… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2009 10:43AM

God Is a Funny Guy

I have been praying to win the lottery for a long time.  Yesterday, I prayed extra hard and explained in great detail how I would use the money.  I would buy myself a new house, help some family members and give the rest to the needy.  I promised that I would/… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2009 7:22PM

Karmic Justice

I heard this term on NPR the other day it jumped into my mind and made me think how wonderful it is when karmic justice happens in this lifetime.  I know that there will be karmic justice when all of our lifetimes are over, but being an impatient person, I want/… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2009 5:32PM

100 Days of Bliss

God Bless Barack Obama. I want to share with OS readers how much I appreciate our new president.   I am sleeping so much better these days.  I love this guy.  I feel so much safer with him as our president.  What an incredible difference.  He is smart. He makes s/… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2009 8:05PM

My Little Thief

 Penny Who Me


Today while I was napping my little Penny was out trolling the neighborhood.  Penny is a dog that I rescued about two months ago.  She’s a miniature pinscher (min-pin), probably about four years old and likely pure bred I was told by the vet. I found her late at/… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2009 10:47AM

The Obama Effect

The innovation that I think can most transform our culture is the election of our first black president, Barack Obama.  A study published January 22, 2009, conducted by Vanderbilt University’s Ray Friedman, a management professor, David M. Marx, a professor of social psychology at San DiegRead full post »




 Dear Barack and Team,


I just had the best idea.  I’m listening to CNN and they keep talking about the entertainment that is going to be part of the inauguration.  I love some of the artists that will be performing.


Here’s the idea.&nRead full post »

JANUARY 8, 2009 1:05AM

I Was So Scared

Today I had the most horrifying experience.  Here in Chattanooga we have had a great amount of rain in the past two days.  I live on a hilly street and last night while on my way home as I approached a creek there was a sign that said “High Water”.  I/… Read full post »

jocelyn_testes-harder1223470487    Jocelyn Testes-Harder


This is based on a friend’s true story.  I added some JTH touches. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. You be the judge!


Would Jocelyn Testes-Harder Submit This?


My bff, Tina, came over the other night… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2008 6:59PM

So Very Precious

 marriage groupMy beautiful grandmother first laid eyes on my grandfather as she was riding side saddle in her wedding procession.  Their eyes met and my grandmother knew that he was the one for her.  She called off the wedding and the rest is history.


They had 5 children together and w… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2008 8:33AM

Let's Get Frantic

 snow image

I live in the south.  We rarely get snow in the south.  And when we do, it is usually an inch or less. Today there is a possibility of snow.  I am surprised that they have not closed the schools yet.  Whenever there is a mention of snow, everyone rushes… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2008 8:50PM

Momma said, "Get it NOW"



My mom is an unusual character and never ceases to amaze me with the things that come out of her mouth.  This is her latest parental advice.  If there is anything you want, get it now!  According to her we are all going to be living a “a hand/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2008 8:17PM

I Apologize




My inner 10 year-old made me do this.  It’s for real.  It’s when McCain couldn’t decide which way to go.  I missed it on the live broadcast.  However, I saw this on the web and reviewed the debate and he really did it.


He&r… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 12:26AM

Maybe I'm a Dreamer

When did our society become so desensitized to lying?  It absolutely amazes me that John McCain has not been “run out of town” since all his lies have been found out (Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine etc, etc).  


When did this country sink so low that we causally a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2008 9:10PM

I Love Open Salon

Wow, I just posted a little rant and it feels so good.  To think that my thoughts are being read by people around the world and that perhaps I can do some good is just the coolest thing ever!


This is almost better than therapy J Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2008 9:28PM

Lipstick, Pigs and Hitler

On this past anniversary of 9/11 my co-workers and I discussed where we were when it happened.  Some of my younger co-workers talked about being in high school and experiencing the tears of their fellow students.  I was at home with my infant son when the news came on showing the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 1:58AM

Suggestion for Obama on Abortion

Abortion is a polarizing and extremely important topic in the upcoming election as the Republicans insist on harping on Barack Obama's position.  I understood what he meant when he said that it was above his pay grade.  He meant that the issue is personal and a decision that a woman must… Read full post »