There’s just no escaping Open Salon. Two weeks ago my honey and I flew to Paris to celebrate (?) my…
Added by John Manchester on October 6, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments
originally published Oct. 26, 2010
The American Muslim in question was a woman I knew through AOL chat (where I know Jonathan Wolfman from). When Jewish chat was full I used to occasionally wonder over to talk to the Muslims or Atheists. The Muslims had a huge amount of harrassing visitors and, if I was there when that happened, I tried to help them hold down the fort, arguing with the bigoted idiots, particularly the Jewish ones. So I developed a couple of friendships there. The first…
Added by koshersalaami on October 6, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments
Shag haircut, halter top, bell bottoms, platform shoes, and the Steve Miller Band- a snapshot into my high school dance. Everyone was so turned on to his spacey sound as something new and exciting. And on October 5th Steve Miller will be 67 years old. He's still out there performing to adoring fans. While he has not produced new hits that reached the level of his work in the 70s and 80s, fans seem content to hear the songs of their…Continue
Added by Schmoopie on October 5, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Lindsey Buckingham was born near my neck of the woods in Palo Alto, California October 3, 1949. His 61st birthday is just around the corner. I first came to know of him in 1973 when I heard the song “Crystal” from his debut…
Added by Schmoopie on October 1, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments
Day after day at work, I noticed him, sitting at one of the many scattered tables placed between the indoor pool area and the basketball court -- watching, perusing, assessing. At least, that's what he seemed to be doing.
It was late September, 2002. Our country had just marked the first anniversary of 9/11's horrors, I'd just marked my second year of working at the Alpharetta, Ga. YMCA.
I wasn't sure how I'd ended up here, in one of the more traditionally homogeneous…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on September 24, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Originally published Sept. 24, 2010 on Open Salon
I came up with the basic idea behind this post (not the title question, which is fairly recent) about twenty-five years ago. I just never had a place to put it before.
My candidate for this is an error made by Karl Marx. As mistakes go, it's somewhat obscure, innocent, completely understandable, and probably inevitable given the information he had at the time, but it's a complete game…Continue
Added by koshersalaami on September 24, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments
1. One of my favorite toys as a child was a homemade guillotine my brother gave me.
2. My Bachelor's degree is in Fashion Design and Marketing and I can sew most anything well... I currently buy most of my clothes at a thrift store because I love to.
3. Defecting to Russia to be a gymnast was my childhood dream. I couldn't get enough of those giant bows in their hair, and they lived full-time at gymnastics school.
4. The best city of all to visit in my…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on September 21, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
originally published Sept. 21, 2010 on Open Salon
In keeping with RW005g's latest post about narrative and the liberal cause, I'll take a shot, using an analogy I've never used on OS. I'm not saying I won't miss, but I'll take a shot:
The conservative approach to taxation (and, for that matter, to regulation), like that used by George W. Bush, is like a football coach who befriends the biggest guys on his team. In order to protect them and do them a favor, he…Continue
Added by koshersalaami on September 21, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments
Happy birthday, Bill Medley! Another rock and roll milestone is marked when he turns 70 years old on September 19th. Best known for his collaboration with partner Bobby Hatfield in the duo The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley’s voice is unmistakable to me. That…Continue
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"You've made me so very happy
I'm so glad you came into my life"
I first heard David Clayton-Thomas in 1968 when he was lead singer for the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. And now, he like many of my other favorites, is skipping towards his golden years. David will be 69 years old on September 13th. I still envision these bands of my youth as the flowing haired singers I grew to love. Am I stuck in…
originally published Sept. 13, 2010 on Open Salon
An online Jewish friend of mine who I know from when I used to frequent a Jewish chatroom (from where I also know Jonathan Wolfman) and who is way more conservative politically than I am forwarded me an e-mail from a Christian woman from Lebanon. This woman went through a lot of horrific sectarian experiences there and was essentially e-mailing to tell everyone concerned how the Muslims really were out to…Continue
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Happy Birthday Chrissie Hynde! Yes, this is another one of my birthday tributes to a performer who has given me countless hours of joy. Chrissie turns 59 years old on September 7th. For me she epitomizes the great combination between strong, soft, sexy, and edginess. And to be perfectly honest the very first time I saw her I thought she was a bit scary. But then that tremolo technique in her voice with its wide, slow vibrato drew me in with its ability to be powerful…Continue
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When I was a child, after my father died and my mother was trying to figure out life as it would be from now on, I spent an inordinate amount of hours alone in my room, listening to music.
I had a large collection of albums, all presents from my much older siblings -- two brothers and a sister -- all older enough that I adored them unconditionally. I was eleven, they weren't at home much anymore, and in my mind, whatever was being sung on those gifts to me was the wisdom I…Continue
Last week, I went looking for another place to Be.
I needed a place of repose... a spot to think... away from all the Noise and Clutter.
The noise of life in a family. The clutter in my mind.…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on August 25, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Originally published on August 24, 2010 on Open Salon. This is by most metrics the most successful post I ever published, an Editors' Pick, rated 44 times (exceeded only, I think, by my post that immediately followed my son's death) and viewed by over 50,000 people, which utterly dwarfs my usual numbers.
Times are tight, so I don't cut too many checks these days. However, if Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf were to solicit a donation from me to help him build his…Continue
Added by koshersalaami on August 24, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments