June 2013 Blog Posts (258)

Small Town Pride

Life in the Methow Valley is not like life in your other parts of rural America, and it isn't just our beautiful landscape that separates us from the rest. In most of the small towns I have travelled to in the last few years I have noticed a distinct marginalization of the LGBT communities that dwell quietly within their population. 

But here, in the Methow Valley, we celebrated today. And in this celebration, Winthrop, Washington, made a statement today: Small towns do not have small…


Added by Din Mutha on June 30, 2013 at 11:35pm — 11 Comments


The sign at the County Clerk's Office in San Francisco clears it all up:







Added by Jonathan Wolfman on June 30, 2013 at 11:26am — 31 Comments

A Public Option for Cats?

We had finished dinner and I was hoping to relax and watch some TV when my wife stopped me on the way to the couch.…


Added by Con Chapman on June 30, 2013 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

In the forest

These redwood giants stand up,

Their deep roots feeding the earth pleasure,

And their shoots flirting with the sun.

Nobody will climb them except in the forest

Where just that way past the hill the sensual ones

Are blushing under silent caresses.

I met one that was like an octopus

Whose beak I sensed but never felt.

Firmly gripped--soft arms on me

In a fog, not sure what I saw.

Added by Gilligan's Wake on June 29, 2013 at 11:17pm — 3 Comments

Record Heat Yesterday and Memories of Phoenix in 1968


The Little Rock weather during the spring of 1968 can be summed up in one word; wet.  It was the final semester of my last year of medical school and I had had it with academe, being poor, and put as my first choice an internship in the desert.…


Added by Rodney Roe on June 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments


Chef Paula Deen Under Fire After Admitting To Racial Slurs

June 20, 2013 3:00 PM…


Added by mary gravitt on June 29, 2013 at 2:03pm — 7 Comments


Tall grove of trees

overlooking the rushing river…


Added by M. C. Sears on June 29, 2013 at 9:31am — 5 Comments

The Human Car Wash of Self-Esteem

It was one of those dinner parties where everyone had had a little too much to drink, and the conversation around the table had grown more . . . shall we say, spirited.  Changes were being rung on the usual male-female antinomies–shopping, burping, etc.–when one of the wives went a little too far.

. . . and don’t get me started on his back hair!”

“Jeff doesn’t know which end of a hammer is up,” a woman named Sally said with a laugh, which the…


Added by Con Chapman on June 29, 2013 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Sleeping with the Octopus

I roll over in the night and wrap my arm around her.  There is a soft sibilant accent to her breathing.  I snuggle up to her face and am greeted with cold, clammy rubbery skin.  I move and a tentacle wraps itself around my arm.  There is a sudden rush of cold humid air in my face and I realize that I…


Added by Rodney Roe on June 29, 2013 at 2:30am — 4 Comments



the first enigma 5  






Added by Allen "Skipper" Howlett (ASH) on June 28, 2013 at 5:28pm — 5 Comments

Beautiful Nothing - Gone

I woke up on Tuesday feeling pretty good. I had actually slept well the night before - a cause for celebration these days. I went down to my neighbor's to chat and he was on a conference call so I went back upstairs to discover I had pulled the ultimate bonehead move - I was locked out. God, that's a shitty feeling, isn't it? I went down and called the building engineer who (because I'm a bonehead) did not have a current key and was not able to break in. Luckily, I did have my debit card on…


Added by Katie Badger on June 28, 2013 at 2:33pm — 6 Comments

Marriage Isn't What it Seems

After 47 years, I’d have said my favorite parts of the day are the morning when I wake up and find my husband in bed with me, and in the evening when he comes home and we make dinner together.  My life has its rhythm because I enjoy him.


A few weeks ago, he got a call asking if he’d consider an interview with a head-hunter in…


Added by Lois Wickstrom on June 28, 2013 at 1:49pm — 10 Comments

He deserved the ground and pound...

He deserved the ground and pound that I gave him!


The story…


Added by fred hallman on June 28, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Rick Perry Is A Bully!

Added by Dicky Neely on June 28, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

An Uncomfortable Moment With My Former Spinning Instructor

Friday’s when I usually take a day off from cardio and work with weights.  You need to vary your routine if you want to get the most out of your workouts.  I know, I read it on the internet so it must be true.…


Added by Con Chapman on June 28, 2013 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

What Snowden really exposed

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Back when I was a kid, telephones had a party line, that is, you shared the connection with another customer, usually someone in the same neighborhood. It was how residential phone service was provided back then.

What a pain in the ass it was. Anytime you picked up the phone, night or day, someone you didn’t even know could be yakking away like there was no tomorrow. Sometimes for hours. It was especially awful when I…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 28, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Party Time in OS Land!


Added by Ron Powell on June 28, 2013 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

The Abu Dhabi Channel - 1 - Sun on the Rocks

Summary of the amusement

Sensual Brigade agent Money Fact sends teleoperator Clarity Nice inside a large Thai champagne shipping container to the Park Hyatt hotel in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where Clarity seeks her friends, abducted by beauty lotion scam perpetrator Cassandra Scafarel. At the luxurious hotel, Clarity faces a local power broker, Hamir…


Added by Workstudio on June 28, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

Brains and Babies and Superheroes.

Having a son is like a non-stop newsfeed dedicated to the miracles of the colon. 

When my son returns from school in the afternoon, he greets me with his customary, "I have to poop!" 

Thank you, my blessed son, I think. Thank you

Needless to say, the general reaction to his rambling and incessant newsfeed is typically, "EW!" from either me or his beloved elder sister. 

Pulling his pants down and waddling to the bathroom after the latest…


Added by Din Mutha on June 27, 2013 at 11:57pm — 3 Comments

Madiba ...

Thoughts borrowed from a Truckstop ...

I'm not exactly sure ... why ...

but as I hold my own private vigil for Madiba ...

I ...

find ... I always come back to the moment of dance ...

which is what ... brings me here ...

here ... where always ... thoughts ... are free ...

and then ... and then ...

I somehow hear the voice of Cesaria…


Added by anna1liese on June 27, 2013 at 9:34pm — 7 Comments

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