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I've written on Open Salon for several years but just can't take the constant technical glitches anymore. I'm a full-time educator, part-time writer, and my family and friends are my world.

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Words of My Mother: Part 13- Escape

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 10:30pm 2 Comments

The past two days have been torturous for my mother. 89 years old,controlled by Alzheimer's, battling pneumonia and in congestive heart failure, she waged war on everyone and everything around her as she was taken from the Alzheimer's facility where she lived for the past several years and was admitted to the hospital yesterday. My sisters and technology enabled me to be in the loop today while they were there physically and I was at work. Texts, and emails, and phone calls kept me abreast…


Words of my Mother Part 12: Fire & Ice

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 12:45pm 4 Comments

On this Mother's Day I'd like to think of the mother I used to have B.A.- Before Alzheimer's. The poet, the jewelry maker, the crafter, the gardener, the reader, the music lover. None of those things exist in her any longer.

But I am left with her words.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I miss you even though you are still here.

Another beautiful poem written by my mother, Betty, B.A.…


Psychedelic Saturday #14: Eric Burdon

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 10:00am 1 Comment

 Eric Burdon turns 72 years old today--doesn't seem possible. From The Animals to his time with War to his solo career he continues to perform to adoring fans. I was lucky enough to see him in concert at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival a few years ago. While he is still vocally strong, it's really his charisma on stage that is worth the price of admission. Here are a few photos from that day.…


Words of my Mother Part 10: Visit

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 7:30am 4 Comments

 Something a little different in this series as I attempt a bit of prose myself.Disneyland and Mom Visit July 2011 058
This is the hand that held the pen
 that wrote the words
that filled the pages
that engaged the reader
that soothed my memories of a mother that once was.
 Disneyland and Mom Visit July 2011 059
These are the flowers that caught her eye
that wrapped themselves
into a brain loop
that continued for an…

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At 5:58pm on December 9, 2012, Xenonlit said…

So sorry to be late in replying to your comment!  It's been hectic, finding new places to write.   I love this place, and the Friday flicks and chat are over the top!

At 10:03am on November 12, 2012, Kenneth Sibbett said…

Hey Schmoop~Thanks for fanning me. I need a friend here, you don't get many comments here, at least I don't. But let me know when you post, and I'll be there like the FLASH~hah

At 9:51am on November 12, 2012, Xenonlit said…

Schmoopie! It's great to see you here! Isn't this a great place?

At 2:40pm on November 3, 2012, lorianne said…


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