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So Much I Still Don't Know

Phia sat next to my desk, head hung a bit low, his back curved, almost like an attempt to sink into a fetal position right in that chair. 

“Hi Laura”, he said in a sweet voice.

“Hi Phia. Good to see you here.”

By that time I had worked for 9 years with youth in the neighborhoods near to downtown Minneapolis, young men and women who found themselves in a revolving door with corrections. I was struck how much…


Added by Laura LaBlanc on April 12, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Day After (OS Archives 2011)

On the morning of April 5, 1968, my parents were scheduled to have a meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our family lived in Atlanta, Georgia then, a family of Northerners living in the South by company transfer. One of my mother's volunteer efforts during those years included her work with the Atlanta Council for International Visitors.

The purpose of this meeting was to introduce a group of visiting Nigerian women to Dr. King, they had been travelling all over…


Added by Anna Herrington on April 5, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Maligned Israelis, Maligned Muslims

originally published April 4, 2011 on Open Salon

There are two issues I'm inclined to post about at the moment. I couldn't decide between them, so I've decided to post about both.

Maligned Israelis

People all over the world who condemn Israel are familiar with the Goldstone Report. This report was issued by the UN concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza. It claimed that Israel was guilty of killing Palestinian civilians…


Added by koshersalaami on April 4, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Convertible Dreams

MARCH 31, 2011 11:23AM

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Toyota Solara 



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Days Like This ~ Van Morrison Style (OS Archives 2011)

For today, the skies have cleared, the sun is shining !

Rays of light -- luscious, bright rays -- are brightening our world again.


~ When it's not always rainin'..there'll be days like like this ~


 (Please play for full effect of…


Added by Anna Herrington on March 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Just Like Aunt Agnes (OS Archives 2011)

It was the clink of the door's closing that woke me that early school day morning, one of the double doors to the outside. The brass bar lifted and returned; the door latch was disturbed and found home again. In the silence of the near-dawn hour, the sound echoed through the high-ceilinged chamber of that older building, bouncing off polished surfaces:  the marble floor, the wood paneling, windows, throughout the sparsely appointed lobby, until it reached my slumbering…


Added by Anna Herrington on March 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Palestinians Reacting to Terrorism at Itamar

originally published March 21, 2011 on Open Salon. 

I found this report which I linked to by accident, tripping over one link out of many on a J Street report. It went completely against stereotype and, when shown on Israeli news, caught the commentators by surprise. Because I don't want this information lost, I'm adding this post to my Our Salon library.

Are you aware of the Itamar murders? On March 11 in the West Bank settlement of Itamar,…


Added by koshersalaami on March 21, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

I Say Grapefruit, You Say Pomplamoose

MARCH 17, 2011 9:29AM

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Celebrating St. Pat's Day at Our House (OS Archives 2011)

Each year I place a little pot of shamrocks in the center of our old pine table, the very same kitchen table I grew up with.  My mother placed a pot of shamrocks there herself each year, part of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.


This year I found a purple Oxalis 'Shamrock'. 

 At our house though, the celebration had a little…


Added by Anna Herrington on March 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Elton John: I'm Still Standing



Elton John has had one of the most varied and successful careers in music. With his 65th birthday today on March 25th it's time for me to take a look back and honor a performer that I've listened to for decades, sang along with in the car, the shower,  and while bopping around the house, and finally saw in concert in Las Vegas a few years ago.

Born  Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Middlesex, England "Reggie" began showing an interest and…


Added by Schmoopie on March 10, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Randy and Moonbeam: A love story, kinda sorta

After a break-up involving my girlfriend's ex-husband being released from the Rolla, Missouri maximum security penitentiary, and a couple of extremely ugly roommate situations, I was moving into an apartment that was mine, all mine! I never thought much about it before that, but at thirty years of age, I had never, ever, lived alone.


There was an old lady I'd been told about in Midtown, who along with her son, owned and managed several properties. Mrs. Popeye. Ok that…


Added by tr ig on March 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Smokey Robinson, You've Really Got a Hold On Me

The King of Motown. William "Smokey" Robinson recently turned 71 years old on February 19th. There's not another voice on the planet like him. Sultry, sweet, and a smooth high tenor, Smokey's voice is easily recognizable within a syllable or two. A unique singer, prolific songwriter, sought after producer, and vice-president of Motown Records  his career has spanned over 50 years.

Smokey was part of the singing group The Matadors, which later became…


Added by Schmoopie on March 5, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Play in the Snow (OS Archives 2011)














Added by Anna Herrington on February 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Remembering London 1981 (OS Archive - 2011)

Lately, my mind has been wandering back to the year I lived in London.

It's the ever more frequent newsclips of Prince William and Kate that keep dragging me there, for in 1981, the city was awash with celebration for another upcoming royal wedding -- of Prince Charles to Lady Diana.  


The American College in London was the school I attended…


Added by Anna Herrington on February 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Lunch with Linda - Love on Haight Street

FEBRUARY 24, 2011 2:07PM

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The Grateful Dead playing for free on Haight…


Added by John Manchester on February 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

signing over my son to the Navy

Transferred from OS, today, 12/1/2012 for safe keeping here. No mean feat, getting in there.

Feb 22, 2011

Even before the Navy recruiter smiled up to our door, I knew I would sign the parental release. Against my own instincts, I had promised.

The night before, Eli and I sat down together to talk. He explained his thoughts and rationale... the positives and negatives. I was impressed by his logic and maturity as he calmly and coherently laid out…


Added by tr ig on February 22, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

What the President should have told the Chamber

originally published on Feb. 21, 2011 on Open Salon. I've always liked this post. 

Several days ago, President Obama addressed the national Chamber of Commerce. He told them that the current jobless recovery wasn't good and that it was their responsibility to hire people. Somehow, I don't think this approach is going to achieve results. What follows is what I think he needed to say:

Thank you for inviting me today.

We have something in common. If…


Added by koshersalaami on February 21, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Valentine's Day at the In-N-Out

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 11:38AM

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Fox News: “We report. You decide.”



Added by John Manchester on February 16, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

a bicycle ride in Rosedale : open call

 Me... today, Feb 12, 2011

HOME ALONE: Chapter 47, 327

Yeah. Having lent the truck to my son, I'm stuck here for the duration of the evening. This might be a cockamamie idea... OK, I'm sure it is... BUT, I had this crazy thought. As a writing exercise, or just for fun, pick one of these photos, copy it to your blog and write something about it. No less than…


Added by tr ig on February 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Just a Song Before I Go: Graham Nash

My devotion to Crosby, Stills, and Nash ( and Young) is no secret. I've paid homage to Neil YoungDavid Crosby & Stephen…

Added by Schmoopie on February 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

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