've decided to “ease out” of being “Token”. I find that the identity I've developed here is a little too combative for my next project. I'm not going to completely quit commenting, and I won't delete, but I find the “persona” and the history that comes through as “Token” is not really a productive one for what I want to do next. What I want to do is hold a ”Chautauqua” .…Continue
“Life’s too short for chess,” HJ (second cousin to Lord) Byron.
When I pulled down my Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, dust literally billowed over the keyboard of my laptop. HJ Byron’s is the only quote under…Continue
Added by JMac1949 Memories on March 2, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
They were in a fight.
He stormed out of the house, the house they share, where their five year old lay sleeping in her pink, ribboned room. Their son, more used to the tension between his parents, sat in his favorite chair in his room with headphones on, trying to drown out the noise.
Noise of despair, of love losing, of too many struggles, too many burdens, too much bullshit.
His wife will wish forever more she had grabbed those keys, thrown…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on March 2, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Recently, my three year old discovered the countdown clock on the microwave. The lover of numbers that she is, she insists that I pick her up so she might watch the tick-tick-ticking of the digits as I heat up some food. To help her make some sense of what she is seeing, I point to the last, constantly changing number on the display: 4-3-2-1-zero-9-8-7…over and over until [beep!] --food’s done.
Then, cheeky little thing that she is, on her weekend trip to her dad’s, she shows him her…Continue
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Japanese war tubas
Three short Preludes and an…
Added by John Manchester on March 1, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Not our house but typical of the neighborhood.
After we unanimously rebuffed her divorce decree, Mom gradually recovered her composure. The gas got connected next morning and a few days later the moving van arrived and we got our…Continue
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I know some of you think it's silly, but I like fishing, so each year around this time I start getting prepared, a ritual that involves cleaning and oiling reels, then re-stringing with fresh line (yes, fishing line can become un-fresh)... cleaning out and re-arranging/re-stocking the tackle box.
This includes buying and admiring shiny new lures and reading the boxes they come in, much like some of you read your cereal boxes at breakfast. Did you know Rapala brand lures ('the…Continue
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The Adventure of First Flight:
c0pyright - Brian Lockett, Goleta Air and Space Museum
Our flight from Miami was a redeye. In 1958 you walked out of the airport terminal across the tarmac and boarded the plane by climbing the stairs of a ramp…Continue
Added by JMac1949 Memories on February 29, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Why have I been absent from OS since last summer? I’ve been busy working, of…
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On January 4, 1958 Lloyd Bridges, father of Beau and Jeff, starred in premier of the syndicated television series Sea Hunt. I’d learned to swim…Continue
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I have no concrete recollection of our trip north except we borrowed Charlie Savitch’s new car a 1956 Buick…Continue
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My old freind Peter Stern had been telling me for years about his cousin Tom, a musician…
Added by John Manchester on February 24, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
originally published Feb. 24, 2012. Normally, I do not include the comment threads when I copy old posts. For personal reasons, I want to keep this one. Some comments are missing from people who closed their OS accounts and so their comments disappeared. If I remember correctly, that would have included Rw005g, rwnutjob, and Seer.
The friend alluded to is Lezlie. This was my first post following the death of my son Jonah, aged 17, on January 8, 2012. There are a…
Summers on Pop’s Farm:
By Cold War Standards 1956 was almost a mellow year: The Korean War Truce held firm for it’s second year, China (PRC) and Chairman Mao were more or less minding their own business, the last French soldiers were scheduled to leave Vietnam in April, and in the Soviet…Continue
Added by John Manchester on February 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
1949, the year I came into this world, was like most years of the Cold War era of the American Century in that it was fraught with triumph, angst and threat. On New Year’s Day, when I was a mere bump in my mother’s belly, things started out on a promising note – the UN sponsored a ceasefire brought an end to the Indo-Pakistan War of 1947, and then Harry Truman was inaugurated for…Continue
Added by JMac1949 Memories on February 19, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Well, Mrs. Muse and I did it again, just like a year…
Added by John Manchester on February 14, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
The legends of the beginnings of Valentine's Day are varied and confused -- some say there were actually three different men called Valentine back in the day, the days of ancient Rome, that is.
One of those stories about Valentine of which fact and legend are impossibly intertwined is this:
It was a crime for young couples in love to…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on February 14, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
In researching his alternate history of JFK’s assassination, 11/22/63, Stephen…
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